Anxiety Reduction Grab Bag
Do one, do them all! Courtesy of The Beautiful Voyager (my project to turn hyper-sensitivity into a superpower).
- •Take a walk.The Human app is beautifully designed, and it gets you to want to hit that 30 minute mark every day in a lowkey way.
- •Make a playlist.Ideally, with cover art. A great app for creating art is LogoScopic. Working on a project and setting a mood helps your mind change gears. If you don't feel like doing that, just listen to the official Beautiful Voyager playlist embedded on homepage. Includes Kinks, Bowie, Alice Coltrane, XTC, & more.
- •Take an online yoga class.Ekhart yoga's a good place to start. You can try them out for free for a month for $1.
- •Have a Conversation Just a Little Out of Your Comfort Zone.If you're a person who doesn't usually reveal much about how you're feeling, try sharing something. If you're an over-revealer, try sitting back and learning from someone else about something foreign to you. If you talk to hide discomfort, try being quiet and see what happens.
- •Plan One Day of Good Meals.I give ideas for 3 meals on the site. They're all easy but nourishing and will make you feel good.
- •Remember that You're Not Alone.Nearly every book about meditation, mindfulness, and anxiety says the same thing: Bear in mind that you're not alone. It's a hard thing to feel, though. Does reading these words on the page from me, or even knowing I've felt some of the things you have, really make you feel less alone? This is where art—music, reading, or theater—help me. Having this on the list is a way of saying: for me, art is key to turning down the volume knob on anxiety.
- •Try a Meditation App.I've done Headspace from the beginning. I've recently added Tara Brach into the mix as well. Keep it simple. Don't overthink it.
- •Listen to a Podcast in the Bath.I want to do this right now. Man, this sounds great. You could even listen to Tara Brach in the bath and double header of relaxation.
- •Knit Something.There was a great article in the NY Times this week all about the health benefits of knitting g, lowering cortisol, letting your mind roam without preoccupation. It works.
- •Last But Not Least: A Checkmark from Your "Should" ListDoing just one thing on the list will make you feel better and could change the momentum of your day. It's not about doing everything. It's about doing one thing. And then, maybe, one more thing.