My therapist uses this word a lot and I just can't do it. I'm going through a pretty terrible ordeal right now and my heart has seriously been racing for 48 hours. Yoga, working out, baths, and TV haven't helped so....hit me up List App.
  1. Writing out every small, good thing
    I have handwritten lists that include things as simple as "I didn't run out of toothpaste this morning." Literally, ANYTHING positive. The physical act of writing also gave me something to do with my hands.
    Suggested by @rebeccaroanoke
  2. Hot water, lemon, ginger, honey
    Sometimes with tea and/or whiskey. I'm convinced this clears dark thoughts.
    Suggested by @rebeccaroanoke
  3. Exercise outside. Hike, bike, swim, surf, anything that's hard.
    Suggested by @dev
  4. First, sorry you are going through a tough time! I had it ROUGH last year and I found talking to people close to me really helped (especially my mom and my BFF)
    Preferable people you trust, who know you and your situation. People who are great listeners, or people that have been through what you're going through rn. Also a hot bath, a good cry and a long nap! Good luck with everything 🍀
    Suggested by @shanaz
  5. Lying down and focusing on slowing my breath; doing some sort of crafty thing like making a card or scrapbooking or anything else that requires a bit of focus but is tactile
    Suggested by @kbon
  6. For heavy duty stuff, taking a long walk outside.
    Suggested by @stars
  7. Yoga and baths are relaxing, but (in my experience) they make you think a lot. I think it's soothing to be around things and people that make me laugh. Could be in the form of friends, podcasts, movies, books, etc.
    Suggested by @meg1
  8. Shower or bath followed by a Korean beauty sheet mask
    I look like a blob fish but believe me when I say I am so serene in this picture
    Suggested by @DanaDigsYou
  9. Napping.
    The only thing that helps me to truly stop thinking and stressing. I always wake up with a clear and calm mind.
    Suggested by @LanaRodz
  10. Watching bad television
    Suggested by @mallofamanda
  11. Honestly - Candy Crush. Something so inane and mindless and repetitive. I play it to unwind at the end of pretty much every day.
    Suggested by @Nikki
  12. Music!!!
    Not super familiar music, so that your mind can't wander, but something you've wanted to sit down and listen to. Good live music is really good for this if at all possible.
    Suggested by @celestestelle
  13. Watching You've Got Mail. I know every line so it's almost white noise with beautiful scenery. Hope you can get some peace soon.
    Suggested by @J_Mo
  14. Write a list called "worry list" and include everything no matter how unlikely or minor. It will make you feel better to see it all on paper. And then you get to look back in a year and probably most of them did not happen.
    Suggested by @adalfen
  15. Deep breathing!
    In for four counts, hold for four, & breathe out for eight into & out of your belly. Slows down your heart rate & helps get your head in a better place.
    Suggested by @shacara_shacara
  16. Hot shower. Deep breaths. Escapism in the form of novels & TV (no trash). Spend time outside. Physical contact with a pet. Call friends; let them help. Don't judge your feelings but do follow them up w/affirmations like "I'm going to be okay." If this doesn't help, just sit in whatever you're in. It'll pass. Everything does. It's going to be okay.
    Suggested by @brookielyons
  17. Laying down with a blanket wrapped around you like you're a burrito.
    I've calmed myself down many times because the weight of the blanket can sometimes feel like the embrace of another person. Focusing on your breathing until you're feeling better helps so much.
    Suggested by @michellejennifer
  18. Swimming
    Making sure you are breathing air rather than water keeps you focussed on the basics
    Suggested by @Alphonse
  19. Singing
    Might involve joining a choir so this is not an instant solution. Singing in a group is known to be good for social and mental health. I'm in an opera chorus group right now and when the Torreador chorus from Carmen is running through your head, uninvited, three days after your rehearsal, I guarantee you will be smiling.
    Suggested by @Alphonse