I've seen a lot of posts on this site and my thought is why not share some tips that have helped me deal with anxiety and depression. I'd also like other members to share what works for them. This site is safe forum for members to share what they are going through. However, I haven't seen much in the way of what others do to either support themselves or others. So, I'm starting this thread. Please share!
1. When anxiety strikes, I used to be the first person to identify with the feeling. In other words, let it rule my emotions and behavior. It is extremely difficult to manage however, I'd like to add it is possible over time to do so. My techniques: yoga, distraction, rain technique (recognize, allow, investigate and n? you can find this on the internet as it is not "my" technique but created by someone else), active breathing.
2. I go straight to a distraction- book reading or listening to music.
3. Coloring books- sounds silly, but the idea of coloring is really hypnotizing. It releases endorphins.
4. Self-compassion meditation- there are tons of sites on this. Kristen Neff to name one.
If this helps anyone in any way, please say so. I'd like to know and I'd like to know what you do as a member to ease your anxiety.