Dealing with anxiety is a tough task for anyone. Because there are no quick and simple cures for constant worry, all sorts of coping techniques for anxiety exist, some more bizarre than others. Why not give these out-of-the-box ideas a shot? There are plenty of
weird tricks that make you feel less anxious, so maybe an unconventional approach is what you need.
If you feel anxious regularly, you're in good company. Approximately
40 million adults are affected by anxiety disorders in the United States alone, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. It's the most common mental illness, and it touches many individuals. Please note that if you are experiencing severe symptoms of anxiety, contacting a physician for help is the best course of action.
For people with occasional bouts of anxiety, though, the advice for dealing with it is pretty standard. In general, you're told to breathe deeply, exercise, and eat right (all good advice). But if that isn't doing the trick, then some legitimately weird approaches to anxiety may calm you down. Sure, these techniques include talking to yourself, taking a cold shower, or reflecting on your chakras. But it's important to do what works for you. To paraphrase a common saying: if it's weird but it works, it isn't that weird.
1 Stick The Tip Of Your Tongue Behind Your Front Teeth 2 Snuggle Under A Heavy Blanket 4 Take A Cold Shower
This tip isn't for the fainthearted. But if you want to channel your inner ice queen, here's how it works. Briefly exposing your entire body to
68°F water in the shower is a simple form of hydrotherapy, which has a long history of easing anxiety, according to the website for Psychology Today. It may have something to do with the body's cold receptors producing a therapeutic effect. Whatever the case, you'll forget all worries the instant cold water hits your skin, so that's something. 5 Clear Your Root Chakra
If you're into mysticism, consider the chakras.
Clearing your root chakra may relieve anxiety, according to The Energy Healing Site. As the site further explains, this clearing can be accomplished by walking barefoot in nature, organizing your home, and eating healthy comfort foods, all of which sound pretty relaxing to be honest. 6 Talk To Yourself
Talking to yourself might actually improve mental wellbeing.
Addressing yourself like a separate person was shown to decrease anxiety, possibly due to the distancing effect, according to a 2014 study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Saying "you can do this" instead of "I can do this" might calm your nerves. At the very least, you have a fantastic reason to refer to yourself in the third person. 8 Blow Up A Balloon
There are a zillion different breathing exercises for relaxation, but this might be the most fun.
Blowing up a balloon is one way to focus on deep breathing, according to She Knows. Plus, there's no dignified way to inflate a balloon, so you'll probably laugh a bit in the process, which is another great tension-buster. 9 Hide & Stretch
Do you live or work in a chaotic space with no privacy? Try to get a few minutes to yourself throughout the day to calm down and chill. Escaping to a bathroom, dressing room, or closed office for a couple of minutes to stretch and shake off tension can work wonders.
11 Schedule Worry Time
Maybe the trick to worrying less is giving yourself space to worry. For some people,
scheduling specific times to worry reduces stress, according to Buzzfeed. Set aside 30 minutes a week to fret your heart out, and maybe you'll stress less at other times. 12 Drink Coffee
Common advice says cutting back on caffeine helps decrease anxiety. But this opposite advice is great news for my fellow caffeine fiends. Early research has shown that
caffeine may help increase your ability to deal with stress, according to Business Insider. Brew another cup of coffee to test the theory for yourself. 14 Stick Your Legs Up The Wall
Many yoga poses offer amazing relaxation techniques. In particular, the
legs up the wall pose is good at relieving anxiety, because there's something soothing about bringing the legs above the heart, according to Do You Yoga. It's easy enough: lay on the floor and stretch your legs up a wall. Bonus points for doing this in public with no explanation. 16 Go Totally Bonkers
Sometimes anxiety makes you want to run around in circles screaming. Why not go for it? Spazzing out for a few minutes,
screaming, and throwing pillows can manage pent-up anxiety, according to the Calm Clinic. Find a private space throw a full-on adult temper tantrum, and let those emotions go. 17 Warm Up
It's the opposite of the cold shower trick, and I am 100 percent here for this tip. Simply
feeling warm may reduce anxiety, thanks to some effect on serotonin levels, according to Hey Sigmund. If you need an excuse to cuddle up in a warm blanket with a cup of hot tea, just remember it's for your mental wellbeing. 18 Enjoy A Forest Bath
OK, so this practice does not involve sudsing up in the middle of the woods. Simply
walking in the woods for 20 minutes can lower stress levels, according to Health. It's based on the Japanese idea of Shinrin-yoku, which translates to "forest bath." It's a neat way to rethink the whole idea: you aren't hiking, you're bathing in nature. Doesn't that sound refreshing? 19 Make A To-Do List
Is your brain abuzz with all the crap you need to accomplish?
Making a list can help order your thoughts, as well as prioritize tasks, according to Psychology Today. Sometimes having the thoughts out of your head and jotted down on paper brings intense relief. Check out Romper's new video series, Romper's Doula Diaries :