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Things you do to calm yourself

What are some of the things you do to calm yourself? I am easily anxious. I tried meditation but feel easily antsy while doing it. Dancing may be the closest thing I have to being relaxed. Generally, being with people helps, but I want to be able to be calm when I am alone too.


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Nov. 2nd, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
Most of my anxiety attacks occur when I haven't eaten anything, so I always make sure that I have something to eat. Something good to eat, that is. Not junk food.

I also find hot tea very soothing. I have special teacups and saucers that I use for my extra stressed-out moments.

If I am very sad and/or distracted, I like to watch Groundhog Day -- that movie never fails to cheer me up.

Other things that calm me down:
* Organizing the books on my bookcase
* Playing/fingering marbles, smooth rocks, precious stones
* Reading Tarot cards

YMMV, of course.
Nov. 2nd, 2006 04:22 pm (UTC)
Cleaning my apartment tends to help for some reason.
Also, getting back into a regular exercise routine definitely helps.
Nov. 2nd, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
Nov. 2nd, 2006 05:29 pm (UTC)
do you seriously take this?
Nov. 3rd, 2006 05:07 am (UTC)
Only when I have severe existential crises that cause me to bolt upright just as I'm drifting off to sleep, wracked with sweat and panic as I'm confronted with the fact that the universe is cold and empty, and when my inevitable end comes, it will be nothing but insignificant and inevitable unconsciousness forever and ever, and there's nothing I can do about it, and nothing I do in the blink of time that I'm alive really matters one way or the other.

Next to that, a mediocre improv show is fiddle-faddle.
Nov. 3rd, 2006 05:09 am (UTC)
Or when I fly.

Nov. 2nd, 2006 05:45 pm (UTC)
I have a bad approach, which is to distance myself from what has me rattled. I get calmer, but I frequently don't resolve the actual issue.
Nov. 3rd, 2006 12:06 am (UTC)
sometimes i do that. sometimes i aggressively go to the issue.
Nov. 2nd, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
Meditation is relaxing only after practice. In fact, that's mostly what meditation is -- practice at relaxing the brain. It takes many years to get good at it, though useful results can probably be had after a few weeks of 20-40 minutes per day.

Nov. 3rd, 2006 02:47 am (UTC)
deep breathing. this may be too close to the meditation line, but i inhale through one nostril, hold it, exhale out the other. you have to close the alternating nostril in this scenario to acheive the full effect.

if i really focus on just the mechanics of this - inhale left, hold, exhale right - i can mentally distance myself from the source of my anxiety.

i'm not a fan of meds, so i try that first.
Nov. 3rd, 2006 04:41 am (UTC)
I actually could use the recommendation of a good doctor and perhaps a psychiatrist...

Totally anxious. Totally. So much so it's interfering with my life i.e. improv.
Nov. 3rd, 2006 05:19 am (UTC)
Ask the Austin Community LJ group. They had a recent post on Psychiatrist/psychologist.
Nov. 3rd, 2006 01:58 pm (UTC)
WHat do I do to relax myself?

1) drink too much wine (this doesn't always help, but it does sometimes)
2) take long hot baths
3) get upset about something else, which distracts me from whatever I'm anxious about long enough to calm down
4) exercise (aerobic, not the classic relaxation stuff like yoga)

I also think you could benefit really substantially from seeing an acupuncturist. A good one should be able to help address some of the underlying issues causing your anxiety and, over time, diminish it. There have got to be some good acupuncturists in Austin, although the treatment costs about as much as a doctor's visit and isn't covered by insurance, which is an issue for me and I suppose would be for you, too.
Nov. 3rd, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC)
yoga, though it took a bit of practice before i actually found it relaxing. once you get sort of used to it, it has the calming effects of ritual, and is much like meditation except that the motion keeps you from getting antsy / distracted as easily.
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