THINGS THAT CALM ANXIETY

  1. Breathing
    Slow and steady, in and out. Find a rhythm.
  2. Weed
    Lining all your thoughts up and looking at them, noticing which ones are problematic. Temporarily separating yourself from them. Smoking.
  3. Listening to Pure Heroine by Lorde
    Her particular brand of chilled melodic electronica is ideal: there are no spaces in it, and something about that texture is incredibly comforting. The ultimate rescue album.
  4. Musical theatre
    I was once in a pub garden on the verge of a panic attack which subsided when I was drafted in as eponine for a heartfelt rendition of one day more. Singing with other people is magic: it focuses your breathing, syncs your heartbeats and honestly works.