What are you favorite coping mechanisms for anxiety?
I am a soon to be college undergraduate - graduate! I am majoring in Psychology at CSUMB. I am very interested in cognitive neuroscience, clinical psychology, and forensic psychology. I have aspirations to get my Masters degree as well as a PhD. mental-health-counseling psychologydegree
I hope this helps. It is my go-to coping exercise and it has changed my life.
It sounds like you are going to learn a lot more than I can offer during your undergrad experience. I would say that my favorite coping mechanism for anxiety is actually music. The tension or nervous energy that I feel when I am anxious needs a way to escape. Rather than letting the anxiety run freely through my mind, I channel it into something physical. And I don't mean to always play upbeat music. Sometimes it is not about feeling like I am at a party. Sometimes I need to vent my anxiety with tears too. It is all about a release of emotions. When I was in college and I lived in a dorm, there was a nightly ritual during mid-term and final weeks. Every day, at a certain hour in the evening, everyone in the dorms opened their windows and yelled and screamed for about 5 minutes. This is channeling anxiety in a way that is physical. And in sharing the experience, we felt less alone. And it also made us laugh like idiots, yet another wonderful way to chase anxiety away. It was also a break from what was giving us that anxiety.
So I would leave you with do something physical and walk away from what is causing you anxiety.
Good luck with your college experience. Have fun along the way.
Act according to your list. Complete the most urgent small items and check them off. Put dots next to items where you have made progress but not complete yet. Some items will get many dots before completion.
Read the list every day. Sometimes you will act on less important items that just feel right to do now. This is good.
Add new thoughts as they arise. Often we have precious new ideas and insights that we are sorry to forget.
Refresh the entire list periodically, maybe every month or two, bringing the incomplete items forward and adding new. Put an X next to items on the old pages that you are putting off or abandoning.
Soon, you will be in control, getting things done and reducing your anxiety.
I have 40 years worth of these notes and could see what I have done and not done during a successful career and lifetime, empowered by this system.
My favorite coping mechanism is reconnecting with nature while disconnecting from the internet. I've found out over the past few years that when I don't get out to nature, I just become this stress ball and fall into an anxiety pit where I don't really want anything and all I do is worry about worry itself. As I've found different coping mechanisms, the best one, the one that keeps working for me, is this nature one.
The most potent types are camping trips where I'll go away for multiple days and I won't have cell signal. So I'll just camp, hike, read, cook, etc at camp, then come back to my home/work ready to conquer my inbox and things I need to get done. Less potent are longer hikes, day trips, etc; but still effective in that, it's better than not doing it.
I think this is effective for me because I'm hyper connected when I'm at home, and the lack of internet just forces me to not worry about how others feel so much, and just focus on myself and my needs. I also grew up in the country, so I do just feel more at peace when there is less activity around me.
Anyways, I hope you find this useful and I wish you success in your career!
Great question. I'm a very anxious person and have learned a few ways to cope with my anxiety. Exercise helps me the most. If I'm anxious at work, I leave work and go for a long walk. If I'm home, reading a comic book or watching a movie helps me. Also a long shower helps me immensely. Breathing deeply also helps.
You should take some time to yourself. Think of things that make you happy and relaxed. Those answers could be how you cope with stress.
Do some soul searching and I bet you find your answers.
Drink plenty of water. Get plenty of sleep. Meditate for 20-30 minutes total throughout the day. Take breaks. Limit caffeine. Exercise every day. I also find some calming music in the background helps me but some people find it distracting.
I hope this helps! Best of luck with everything!
I find anxiety can be found in both my personal and professional life. I have anxiety currently with my performance at work, in the everyday life of living in a world with Covid and even in planning for my future. I like to think of coping mechanisms that I can use for all situations, from the minuscule to the most complex problems that will cause the greatest anxiety.
With that, some of the coping mechanisms that I use calm my mind and soul are:
1. Take 5 in and out super deep breaths. - There is something major to say about stopping whatever is causing the anxiety, breathing, and then having fresh eyes to see the stressors.
2. Taking a break, how ever long that needs to be. – If I sense that something is causing a super amount of anxiety, I’ll stop what I am doing and walk away. 10-15min is usually a good amount, and do something that doesn’t cause anxiety for myself, like making a sandwich or reading a few pages in a book. The goal here is to break the hold the stressor is having, potentially forgetting the tension, and then when coming back, you are relaxed
The main thing to remember is that if and when you feel anxious, take a mental break and focus on something else to break the hold.
My favorite way to help cope with anxiety is to do a workout - whether that be running, cycling, or going for a walk! I find that getting some energy out through a good sweat helps me release any fears I have for the day. I also notice my mind is much more clear after even just a 20 min workout! I recommend finding a physical activity that you enjoy and can look forward to every day not matter what else you going on in your life, you always have some special time set aside for yourself!
Wishing you the best!
Great question. I really enjoy exercise to help cope with anxiety and stress. Meditation and prayer (if you are a person of faith) can also be beneficial. Finally, giving back to others can be a great opportunity to broaden your perspectives and center your focus which I have always found help with anxiety and stress.
All the best as you continue to work toward your goals!