With everything going on in the world, it is not surprising that you would be searching for ways to calm anxiety from the comfort of your own home.
That’s why I am going to share with you 13 different ways you can find relief from your anxious and intrusive thoughts without ever leaving your house.
These are coping techniques that have worked for me when I’ve dealt with anxiety.
Here is what we will cover is very simple:
- Why you shouldn’t have shame when seeking help with anxiety
- 13 Ways To Tame Anxiety Without Leaving Your House
Let’s get started!
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Why There Is No Shame In Getting Help With Anxiety And Depression
Anxiety is something that I have been plagued with greatly and it still hasn’t completely left me yet.
And I know that I’m not alone.
I assuming you or someone you love is dealing with anxiety and you’re looking for ways to help them.
The trouble is, sometimes we are too ashamed to admit that we need help. But we’ve got to stop telling ourselves this lie.
Think about it.
The world is much more demanding and complex than our minds are capable of handling.
The truth is, we weren’t designed to handle all of the mental stress and strain that many of us are under, without help.
Yet many times, we will ignore the anxiety and depression that overtake our lives due to stigma or a whole host of reasons.
We say to ourselves I’m okay, it’ll be alright, I’m fine when mentally it couldn’t be further from the truth.
I’m going to ask a question I already know the answer to.
If you had a broken arm, would you just say, well I’m okay, and go on to work?
Or would you go to the doctor or emergency room?
I’m thinking most of you would opt to call 911 or if you’re feeling heroic perhaps you would drive to the hospital.
But bottom line, you would get help.
Another way to think about it is this…when you’re in physical pain that is a symptom of something being broken in your body.
When you are anxious that’s a symptom of something being broken in your mind.
If you wouldn’t ignore physical pain then don’t ignore mental pain either (which is what anxiety is).
Use these 13 different ways to help you cope and tame your anxiety. It’s time to conquer anxiety and heal your mind.
13 Brilliant Ways To Tame Anxiety & Depression At Home
13 Brilliant Ways To Tame Anxiety & Depression At Home
1) Go for a walk or run.
Actually, it doesn’t have to be a run.
I don’t run.
I’m actually a big advocate of walking which I talk about in this article (it helped me lose 50 pounds).
In fact, walking is said to help alleviate symptoms of anxiety (Source).
It could be a Pilates session which I also love and have seen results from.
And fun cardio workouts like those at BeachBody are also great ways to stave off anxiety and depression.
I know starting a workout regimen played a big part in me reversing my depression.
Exercise is an effective way to burn off that extra stress.
2) Declutter your life.
Clutter adds to your anxiety (Source).
Tidy up your environment and notice how much better you feel.
Having a lot of clutter or having a dirty house is one of the most overlooked anxiety-inducing culprits.
I know I instantly feel better once I look around my house and I see all the rooms are tidied up and straight.
A cluttered house is a cluttered mind is what I always say.
Just start with the rooms and areas in which you spend the most time if it feels too overwhelming for you to do the whole house at first.
Include your personal space at work, too.
3) Declutter your brain.
Your house isn’t the only thing that can be cluttered.
Your mind can also use some decluttering.
Take care of the things that are on your mind.
Procrastination creates mental clutter and stress which is also something I talk about a lot.
Procrastination just leaves you feeling like there is always something hanging over your head.
If possible, try to take care of tasks as quickly as possible, even when you don’t want to do them.
Or should I say especially when you don’t want to do them.
Putting off those things that you don’t want to do just creates those catastrophic scenarios in your brain which of course begets more anxiety (ask me how I know).
Another form of brain clutter is this: trying to remember things.
Find some sort of app that you can do brain dumps into especially with information that you have to access frequently like links or passwords.
My suggestions are Evernote and Trello but you use whatever you like.
Just as long as it can be used to help you remember things and you can take that stress off of your brain.
4) Spend time with your pet. Pets are great for reducing anxiety.
Play on the floor with your cat.
Take the dog for a walk or play fetch with them.
I love watching and playing with my dog who is completely adorable.
For some reason, pets are like anti-anxiety vaccines so take full advantage of their amazingness.
For a short while, we had a pet fish at work, and even watching him play in the water was calming.
But of course, no pet beats anxiety better than a dog.
Those puppy dog eyes can make you forget many of your problems, even if for a moment.
5) Think about something positive.
Philippians 4:8 says “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”
In other words, think about things that are positive.
Don’t focus so much on negative events or possible outcomes.
You’re partially anxious because you’re thinking about something that makes you anxious.
Give yourself a break and think about something else.
6) Eat healthier.
Your diet can have a negative impact on your anxiety.
In fact, changing my diet and eating healthier has also played a big part in my overcoming depression and giving anxiety several punches in the face.
Eating more vegetables and adding more omega-3 rich foods like blueberries and Salmon into my diet has helped as well.
My nutriblast which I make in my Nutribullet has probably made the biggest difference in my anxiety because it decreases my PMS symptoms which means I’m less moody and anxious.
7) Give yourself something to look forward to.
It can be a great relief to have something positive to look forward to (like a trip is for me).
No matter how stressed you are about work, knowing that you’re heading out of town for a couple of days next weekend can take the edge off.
8) Distract yourself.
When I’m anxious, my mind is racing with a million thoughts that just won’t seem to go away. Then I’ll get distracted and not even think about the thing that was making me so anxious.
In other words, when I get busy and caught up in life, I tend to forget what I’m anxious about.
So read a good book.
Re-watch your favorite movie.
Try a new restaurant.
Get involved in a ministry or volunteer.
Just get busy with something other than stewing in your anxious mind.
9) Find a solution.
Maybe you can solve the issue that’s creating your anxiety.
If there’s something you can do to resolve the situation, get busy and do it!
I know this is easier said than done.
I get that.
But sometimes the only way to reduce anxiety is to do the thing that has you all tied up in knots.
10) Take slow, deep breaths.
Your breathing naturally becomes shallow and faster when you’re stressed.
You can counteract a lot of the physical symptoms of anxiety by just slowing down your breaths and increasing the depth.
Make a conscious effort to take slow deliberate breaths with your eyes closed until you can feel your heartbeat slowing down again.
11) Play the name five things game.
One of the biggest parts of being anxious is that we are either dealing with the past or future and freaking out.
It happens but it’s rare that we are freaking out about something that is happening to us right now.
So if that’s your current situation (stressing about something that already happened or something you think might happen), focus on what’s going on around you right now. Bring your mind back to the present.
Look around your environment and name five things you see.
Now, name five things you feel.
For example, “I feel the pencil in my hand. It feels smooth and warm.”
Try to name five things you hear.
Smell the air and describe what you smell.
Smell nearby objects until you’ve described five smells.
Yes, it may sound silly but try it anyway.
Or jump around.
Do something you don’t normally do.
Anything out of the ordinary can break your pattern and relieve some of your anxiety.
Put on your favorite music and move.
I don’t care if it’s Beethoven.
You can jam to his 5th Symphony.
Bonus points if you use earbuds so you can experience that surround sound!
13) Get help by doing online therapy from home.
Seek professional help.
This ties into what I was talking about earlier when I was saying there is NO shame in getting help with a mind that is not cooperating with you.
I know for certain that I would not be able to share any of my struggles with you if I hadn’t gotten help with my depression and anxiety from a professional counselor.
And don’t worry.
You can do this from home too.
I’ve done counseling over the phone.
But the one that helped me the most was using online-therapy.com.
They are an affordable and convenient mental health tool that you can use to overcome a variety of struggles.
You can choose to talk to a therapist through instant chat, audio chat, or video chat.
Plenty of options to choose from so there are no worries there.
Plus they have worksheets, a journal, and an activity plan.
If you want to learn more about it, you can click below to create a free account.
That way you can explore the dashboard and see if the program is right for you.
Do Not Suffer Alone…There Is Help Out There
Give your mind and body a break by finding ways to reduce your anxiety.
Avoid the belief that you just have to suffer from anxiety because you don’t.
Do everything you can to find relief without making your challenges worse.
Use all of these tips together so you can make sure you kick anxiety’s butt once and for all!
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