5 Unexpected Activities That Can Help Ease Anxiety

When we suffer from anxiety, we often wish there was an instant cure-all to ease us out of a stressful spot and land us safely back on planet earth. Many people often go through anxious moments, and don’t want to turn to prescription medication to deal with their issues. That’s why knowing a few of these unexpected stress relieving activities is going to be a big help to many individuals around the globe. So next time you find yourself in an anxiety-ridden moment, try one of these 5 things to help you attain mental sanctuary.


1. Pet an Animal

Just being near a friendly animal can boost your serotonin levels and make you feel happier, and more calm, provided you don’t have a fear of said animal. If you have a dog, or know someone with a friendly feline, try to spend some time with your furry four-legged friend to instantly boost your mood and ease your anxiety.

2. De-clutter Your Space

A messy space often leads to a messy mind. Take the time to clear out your live/work space and you will feel a sense of calm and accomplishment wash over you. It’s very hard to focus in a space that is full of clutter.

3. Submerge Your Face in Cool Water

If you find yourself hyperventilating, try submerging your face into a bath of cool water. Take a deep breath, submerge your face for 5-10 seconds, bring your head up and deep breathe for a few seconds, then repeat until you calm down.

4. Do Something With Your Hands Like Knit, or Crochet

If you have something for your body to focus on, your mind will likely follow suit. Knitting or crochet is a great option because you can focus on the small movements your body is making instead of whatever it is that is stressing you out. Plus you will be creating something beautiful and useful which is a great way to boost your confidence and mood.

5. Attend a Social Gathering

This may seem counter-intuitive but surrounding yourself with people you like, will actually make you happy. Perhaps avoid large crowds, but ask a few friends if they would like to grab lunch or go see a movie. Maybe you can even have an open conversation with your pals about what it is that is causing you anxiety. A little friendly advice may help as well!

This post was originally published on Unified Soul Theory and has been edited for Whitney Port.

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