Sometimes it’s easier said than done to relax. I am working on my building on my coping skills for relaxing in stressful situations.
As someone who almost always feels anxious, this is so important as part of my daily routine. I know that if I am at work- drinking a glass of ice water or running to the restroom and shaking my hands out and counting down from ten to one slowly while taking a breath with each number helps calms me down a lot.
If I am at home I have more options. Splashing cool water on my fact repeatedly for a minute or two and changing into jersey or cotton pajamas helps. Reading in a quiet dim room helps as well. If I am too anxious to focus on reading I usually put on a sitcom, usually Seinfeld. (My favorite)
If I am outside, alone, and it’s hot- a bottle of ice cold water, my sunglasses, wearing sandals to avoid overheating, and having my headphones helps.
What I need help with right now is coming up with skills to help with anxiety in group situations when taking space is not appropriate.
Any suggestions are appreciated.