It can be caused by a disagreement between roommates. It can show up at the workplace. It definitely has its role after family arguments. No matter what scenario, stress and anxiety can appear in many forms; but what can we do to minimize the impact it has on us when it does show up? It can often feel like you’re trapped in a constant state of “suck”, but it doesn’t all have to be worrisome.

Here are just a few ways to keep your stress and/or anxiety from overwhelming you:

Cut Out Things That Cause You Stress (Even Though This May Seem Obvious – Pause and Think!)

When it comes to unnecessary stress, sometimes it can feel like you’re the king (or queen) of panicking. If/when it comes to this, think about specific parts of your life that are causing you stress. It can be something as simple as watching too much negative news, being buried in our smart phones for hours, drinking/smoking too much, etc. Try to minimize the time you dedicate to these things and spend more time on activities you enjoy.

Exercise

It’s incredible what a simple 30-60 minutes of walking can do. If you’re feeling especially enthusiastic, look up at-home exercises on Google or even Pinterest to discover some simple body weight routines that really get your blood pumping. Don’t underestimate the amount of work you can accomplish using just your body as a fitness tool.

Meditation/Aromatherapy

From incense, candles, all the way to calming body lotions, there’s multiple ways to calm your mind using just your sense of smell. If you want to get elaborate and have the means to do so, try bath bombs, or even CBD bath bombs with scented candles and relaxing music. Or, take an online yoga class that’s focused on stress reduction. It’s never too late to try a new approach to self care, and this type is no exception.

Make Time for a New or Old Hobby

Make art in any and all forms. Start writing again. Go for that run you always tell yourself you’ll do after work. Learn to cook and impress your friends. Whatever you want. If you have a little time and dedication to spare, there’s so much satisfaction in creating something, whether it’s origami, a good meal, or finally being able to do fifty perfect push ups in a row.

(Video) Call Your Loved Ones

Sometimes you just need to see a familiar face and/or hear a friendly voice. These times in particular call upon all of us to keep in touch with the people we care about, even if it’s just for a 5 minute check-in. No matter what pace life has decided to set for us, we can always count on the ones we love to support us and bring us back to our center.

After a hard day at work, a difficult break up, or during a world crisis, stress and anxiety can take many forms in our lives. Sometimes it can feel like there’s no way out, and everything is going to be stuck a certain way forever; it’s times like these where we can use these tools to reduce our discomfort and improve our mood, even if it’s just for a little while. Now and always, we must practice self-care. Don’t forget to heal yourself before trying to heal others.