What Are The Best Practices For Treating Anxiety?
You can also use countless non-chemical means to cope with stress. Some, and this is a short list, are: Get up 15 minutes earlier * Prepare for the morning the night before * Avoid tight fitting clothes * Avoid relying on chemical aids * Set appointments ahead * Don’t rely on your memory * Write it down * Practice preventive maintenance * Make duplicate keys * Say no more often * Set priorities * Avoid negative people * Use time wisely * Simplify meal times * Stop worrying that other people are thinking about you. (They are not thinking about you…. you are not the center of the universe!) * Always make copies of important papers * Anticipate your needs * Repair something that doesn’t work properly * Ask for help for jobs you dislike * Break large tasks into bite size portions * Unclutter your life * Smile * Be prepared for rain * Tickle a baby * Pet your dog/cat * Don’t know all the answers * Look for a silver lining * Say something nice to someone * Teach a kid to fly a kite * Walk in the rain * Schedule play time in every day * Take a bubble bath * Be aware of the decisions you make * Believe in you * Stop saying negative things to yourself * Visualize yourself winning * Develop your sense of humor * Stop thinking tomorrow will be better * Have goals for yourself * Dance a jig * Say hello to a stranger * Ask a friend for a hug * Look up at the stars * Practice breathing slowly * Learn to whistle a tune * Read a poem * Listen to a symphony * Watch a ballet * Read a story curled up in bed * Do a brand new thing * Stop a bad habit * Buy yourself a flower * Take stock of your achievements * Find support from others * Ask someone to be your vent partner * Do it your way * Work at being cheerful and optimistic * Put safety first * Do everything in moderation * Pay attention to your appearance * Strive for excellence NOT perfection * Stretch your limits a little each day * Look at a work of art * Hum a jingle * Maintain your weight * Plant a tree * Feed the birds * Practice grace under pressure * Stand up and stretch * Always have a plan B * Lean a new doodle * Memorize a joke * Be responsible for your feelings * Learn to meet your own needs * Become a good listener * Know your limitations and let others know them too * Tell someone to have a good day in pig Latin * Throw a paper airplane * Exercise everyday * Learn the words to a new song * Get to work early * Clean out one closet * Play patty cake with a toddler * Go on a picnic * Take a different route to work * Leave work early (with permission) * Put an air freshener in your car * Watch a movie and eat popcorn * Write a note to a far away friend * Go to a ball game a scream * Cook a meal and eat it by candlelight * Recognize the importance of unconditional love * Remember that stress is a attitude * Keep a journal * Practice a monster smile * Remember your always have “options” * Have a support network of people, places and things * Quit trying to “fix” other people * Get enough sleep * Talk less and listen more * Freely praise other people * P. S. Relax, take it easy…. you have the rest of your life,
Please know if you have been diagnosed with anxiety, these de-stressors and many more should be used along with prescribed medication…. NOT in lieu of prescribed medication.
There is more that I could share than this space will allow. If you would like examples addressing anxiety, review the ebook, Rise Above: Conquering Adversities.
All the best to you.
This answer originally appeared on this Quora question on Shyness.