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What's a safe and secure way to ease the pain of anxiety when it's too overwhelming for me to handle?

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Last Updated: 07/13/2020 at 6:54pm
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July 13th, 2020 6:54pm
Practice breathing exercise. Inhale slowly and exhale even slower. Imagine being in your safety place. Close your eyes and think of something that makes you calm and relaxed. You can cuddle yourself. Put your left hand on your right shoulder and your right hand on your left shoulder. It’s important that you treat yourself kindly and don’t blame yourself for feeling that way. Know that you’re not alone. Millions might be feeling the same way right at this moment. Know for sure that this is coming to an end. You will get through that hard time. Remind yourself of all of this and time will pass by. You will feel happy again.
March 8th, 2015 7:53pm
Take yourself off to one side, count to 10 and take some deep breaths, drink a nice cold glass of water and sit outside in the fresh air. Look up at the sky and say to yourself 'there is nothing that i cant handle, i am cool, i am calm and i am collected' You can get through this and anxiety doesnt hold you back, you can do whatever you want to do and you can handle it
May 4th, 2015 1:35am
Give up the fight to ease your pain of your anxiety symptoms. The harder you try, the worse it gets. Your body can't heal if you get in it's way.
May 6th, 2015 3:34am
I'd suggest laying down, if possible listen to an affirmation audio. this one is good. relax and follow everything it says.
May 23rd, 2015 4:19am
Try to find an outlet for your emotions, listen music, excerise, distract yourself with a movie, or maybe talk to a friend c:
September 1st, 2015 7:43pm
I have struggled with anxiety before I even knew what it was. The best way for me to handle anxiety is to figure out what I need personally. Everyone is different. Some people like to be left alone. I would rather have a friend hold me. Music and friends are what helps me, but some people might be completely different. Figure out what you need and go from there.
September 21st, 2015 3:53pm
There are specialists that you can turn to for help. Talk to someone, you don't have to suffer alone. We're with you every step of the way.
December 1st, 2015 5:02am
Deep breaths help me a lot, I also like to try to slow down, think about exactly what it is that has me in a panic and realize that what it is that's bothering me is not as much of a big deal as it truly is.
December 7th, 2015 4:56pm
Talking it out is probably the best way. Having someone to sit with you and help gather your thoughts is not only helpful, but therapeutic as well.
November 15th, 2016 4:10am
Breathing exercises. Breathing has always helped for me when I have feeling anxiety pain. If you're focusing on your breathing, you won't be focusing on the pain.
January 9th, 2018 9:11pm
The most effective thing for me is to try breathing exercises. I sometimes imagine as of I'm the weirdest things like a cat. I focus on the details of that what type of cat I would be what colour how big or small and by then since my attention has been changed the affect of my anxiety has decreased significantly.
January 15th, 2018 8:28am
Pets are an excellent source of comfort when you feel overwhelmed. If you don't own a pet go to a local shelter and play with the animals there until you feel better. They are non judgmental and are very loving.
April 3rd, 2018 6:27pm
Take a bath, warm milk and cookies and sleep. good music also helps, and chocolate also works too
May 1st, 2018 12:12pm
I love listening to music when i'm dealing with anxiety. It's my own relief, tuning out the rest of the world with my earbuds.
July 10th, 2018 2:46am
Focus on breathing. Breathe in for 7 seconds, hold it for around 5, and breathe out for 6 to 7. Repeat as needed. Also, imagine that you can relax each part of your body separately. Focus on one area of you and imagine the stress melting away and the peace replacing it. These may keep your mind off of whatever you’re thinking about.
July 31st, 2018 5:46am
Coming on here and talking about it with a listener can be a good way to ease anxiety. Writing about it in a journal might also help, or doing artwork that expresses your anxiety might help. Therapy is another good suggestion, as a therapist would be trained to help with that, tho therapy is also quite expensive so the first few options are good, low cost (or cost free!) options.