Coping techniques?

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I tend to get anxious when I am not out doing something. So for those nights in when I need to keep my hands busy, I like to knot together these large quilt things. I know it sounds weird. It’s like squares of felt with fringes on the ends and you tie the fringes together… it’s like no-sew quilting. Anyway, it’s very relaxing, and helps me keep busy.
What are your anxiety coping techniques?

Category: Tags: asked February 17, 2014

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I play the piano, draw, or make origami. I have a hard time sleeping on some nights and even if I'm not able to try to lie down and sleep without having a panic attack I can still stay up and keep calm. I like to listen to music and read or watch a movie to. Just little things that stimulate my brain and body to keep my thoughts from spiraling into pointless worries.
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I draw on myself or on paper, and sometimes I use a rubber band and pull on it when I get anxious or I use my stress ball or play with clay or playdough.
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Often times I will do a breathing rhythm that I was taught for my asthma problems or I will fold clothing. It sounds weird, but since I'm so good at it, it's calming because something is perfect.
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When I'm anxious, I tend to talk about it and face the issue and then do something that diverts my attention like reading or music. It tends to help because it requires my attention and focus.
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I breath and balance my energy. pranic breathing is very very beneficial. I used to suffer from anxiety but now i am so incredibly balanced and content with the state of my mind. my out look and thoughts are the cleanest they have ever been and im a better person overall. breathing in deeply for 6 seconds then holding for 3 nd then breathing out for 6 seconds. imagining yourself in white/yellow/pink light is also very nice
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drink water, pet an animal, write or draw, cook something (stirring noodles helps me) go for a run, take a random book and highlight random words, make paper snowflakes, anything that keeps my hands busy is great!
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I like to write, but I don't have a lot of time to do so. I have one set group of characters in one set setting that I almost always use when I write stories for no apparent reason, weaving a sort of soap opera really long continuous story. When I get anxiety or get nervous, I go and write and have the characters interact. What I've discovered is that whatever problem I have the characters run into, or if I have something that's bugging a character...it's usually what's bugging me, too. A lot of times I don't even realize that something is bothering me at all until I see my character try to cope with it. Even after I discover the problem, I keep writing. I have the characters try to solve the problem. Even though my settings and characters are a bit extreme (Super sly secret agents working in an undercover government agency--don't laugh), the ways they solve their problems are ways that can often work for me, too. It's like I'm indirectly giving myself advice.
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at nights when i cant sleep because of anxiety and bad thoughts, i created an army (the bands i like) and i think they are at some sort of war with bad thoughts and kcik them out of my mind, also, i created this "anxiety park" or "hotel anxiety" i basically think about me being in a garden or in a hotel lobby, just sitting there, quietly, and there are people there too, and they all have anxiety, but not having attacks, they're smiling, and waving and just being calm
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I listen to Sublime. Specifically Sublime when I'm feeling anxious. I lay in the dark, put my headphones in, hug/squeeze a pillow pet, and then I just lay there quietly taking deep breathes until I feel better.
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I used to smoke when I was anxious, but I finally kicked that habit and now I either write random scenes or I use a hair band and twist it into weird shapes.