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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.

 

1- Realize the Value

 

When you are upset or stressed, it is important to know positive ways to cope on your own.

 

2- Practice Self-Talk

 

Coach yourself during the day to stay focused and engaged and reasonably calm.

 

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3- Focus on Your Breathing

 

Noticing your breathing removes your attention from the unhelpful thoughts that may be spiraling out of control.

 

4- Develop a Witness State

 

You can detach from the feeling and realize that you are larger than the feeling.

 

5- Stretch Your Body

 

Everyone stores anxiety in different spots like the jaw, hips and shoulders. Stand up and do a full-body stretch.

 

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6- Ground Yourself

 

Feel your feet against the ground. It will bring you back when anxiety makes you feel lightheaded or like your floating outside your body.

 

7- Let Yourself Cry

 

When anxiety builds and builds, you need to let it out. Crying can be incredibly cathartic.

 

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8- Create a Literal Toolbox

 

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.

Do you need a stress therapist? Call (510) 497-4174 today to schedule your free consultation.