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?
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.
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
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!
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.
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
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.