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8 Tools to Help You Combat Anxiety

Healthy ways to cope with stress and heightened emotions.

Due to the world’s continued state of uncertainty, many people have been cooped up in their homes and have not seen friends or family. It’s understandable that, as a result of this prolonged isolation, many are facing loneliness, stress and heightened anxiety.  

Although the situation can feel overwhelming, if you are experiencing heightened anxiety it’s important to remember that you are not alone. There are tools available to help you alleviate your anxiety and face uncertainty during these tough times.  

This collection of practical advice from the Guideposts archives can help you combat anxiety and alleviate some of the stress of these challenging times.  

Woman stretching on a yoga mat

1 of 8 Stretching

As relaxing as it can be to work from home, the longer hours spent on couches or chairs can take a toll on both our bodies and our minds. Guideposts.org blogger Holly Lebowitz Rossi shares the importance of stretching and lengthening our muscles to help us feel centered and strong while we continue to shelter at home. Here are 3 Simple Stretches to Help You Fight Stress.


Young man journaling at home

2 of 8 Journaling

Finding a quiet place to write down your thoughts can be an effective way of clearing your mind. Rather than simply listing your daily activities, Astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent a year in isolation on the International Space Station, suggests finding creative ways to journal your quarantine experience. Turn to his 5 Ways to Journal Through a Time of Isolation for advice on using journaling as a mental health tool. 

Young man relaxing outdoors

3 of 8 Getting Fresh Air

Long hours spent indoors in front of computers and TV screens can bring forth a wave of tension and anxiety. Holly Lebowitz Rossi writes about Why Getting Outside Is a Natural Stress Reliever and how spending as little as 20 minutes outdoors can go a long way toward reducing stress hormone levels. Whether you’re sitting on your front steps or going for a short walk, remember to follow safety guidelines to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.


Woman taking a deep breath

4 of 8 Deep Breaths

Simple breathing exercises can help soothe anxiety brought on by a high-stress period. Comfortable, deep breathing tricks your brain into the same thinking it has when sleeping. In this Guideposts.org blog, Holly Lebowitz Rossi discusses The Powerful Gift of a Deep Breath.

 


Needles, threads and buttons

5 of 8 Crafting

As people continue to adapt to a new normal, many can’t help but feel overwhelmed by the current state of the world, which is completely out of their control. Crafting can serve as a fun and creative way to alleviate stress and combat anxiety by giving you a sense of accomplishment and relaxation. Here are 3 Easy Ways to Get Started.


Pile of books

6 of 8 Decluttering

Reducing the clutter in your home and in your mind can help you live a simpler, more joyful life. Holly Lebowitz Rossi explains Why Decluttering Is Important for Inner Calm by revealing that with a more organized and functional mind and space, you’re giving yourself the opportunity to feel calm, comfortable and relaxed while regaining your sense of self.


Gardening tools

7 of 8 Gardening

Did you know that just 30 minutes of outdoor gardening can lower your levels of cortisol, your body’s main stress hormone? The Health Benefits of Gardening are powerful and long-lasting. Tending a garden not only gives you control of a situation when you feel helpless, but it also gives you a reason to get up and enjoy the outdoors every day.

Man's praying hands over bible

8 of 8 Prayer

Turn to God as a source of comfort and strength to help fill your heart with calm and peace during times of anxiousness. Scriptures and prayers can help you face any anxious situation and remind you that no one understands your struggles better than God does. For a collection of Guideposts.org archives on easing your worries with quotes and prayers, turn to How to Reduce Anxiety and Find Calm in Any Circumstance.

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