At times when you feel particularly anxious or distressed, self-soothing can be a useful tool in your mental health kit. If you struggle to calm down or suffer from unresolved trauma, these tips can help you restore your emotional equilibrium.
Not every technique works for everyone and it’s unlikely that one technique will be the only technique you ever use. Here are some strategies to try and see what works for you.
When you are upset or stressed, it is important to know positive ways to cope on your own.
Coach yourself during the day to stay focused and engaged and reasonably calm.
Noticing your breathing removes your attention from the unhelpful thoughts that may be spiraling out of control.
You can detach from the feeling and realize that you are larger than the feeling.
Everyone stores anxiety in different spots like the jaw, hips and shoulders. Stand up and do a full-body stretch.
Feel your feet against the ground. It will bring you back when anxiety makes you feel lightheaded or like your floating outside your body.
When anxiety builds and builds, you need to let it out. Crying can be incredibly cathartic.
Essential oil, comforting old photos, art supplies, silly putty and fidget toys are great examples of soothing objects to collect.
Remember to be patient. These practices aren’t necessarily going to obliterate your fear. The idea is not to escape your fear, but rather to gently experience it in a mindful and self-caring way.
This post was written by Lani Gouws on behalf of The Bridge Therapy Center. If you have any questions or require more information, please contact Lani here: firstname.lastname@example.org