I’ve struggled with anxiety for a few years now and when I’m in the cycle it can be quite hard to take myself out of it. I have a few things that I know help me, so when possible, I use these 5 things to distract me.
Everyone’s anxiety is different, so although these points help me, please be aware they might not help you.
1. Listening to Podcasts.
One of the biggest things I personally struggle with is overthinking. This feels like there is a million voices in my head and the most effective thing I find helps me is to fill my head with other voices. I know this makes me sound bonkers, but I find it really helpful listening to other people talk. It doesn’t even have to be anything I’m interested in, just the noise of people talking helps take up head space.
2. Listening to Music.
This is probably an obvious one along with Podcasts, but I find I can’t listen to music without singing along to the words. I have to be in the right kind of mood to listen to music, as I feel I have to mentally engage with it more than just listening to people talk. However singing along to the songs in my head takes up all thinking space and helps distract me from over thinking.
Getting outside and breathing in fresh, crisp air always helps me. Just being able to explore nature and appreciate the little things in life really help center me again. Listening to the birds or the wind rustling the leaves helps clear my head, it also helps getting the blood pumping and doing some exercise.
I guess this is another form of escapism. Whether it’s reading blogs, books or reddit, reading something new and interesting that you can get lost in for hours, is the perfect way to distract yourself.
Although I find it harder to concentrate or sieve through my thoughts when my anxiety is heightened, I push through and try and write blog posts, poetry or generally chatting with a friend. It’s a great way to get your thoughts out, work through your anxiety triggers and keep yourself busy.
I also really enjoy watching TV, Films, Gaming and YouTube, but I feel like my anxiety peaks when I’m at places like work where I can’t do my ‘go to’ distractions like TV etc. I’m allowed to listen to music/podcasts at work so I tend to spend a lot more time doing those as it helps me during work hours and I have a lovely big park opposite work to walk around at lunch times.
Do you use the same methods of distraction? Or have any others you’d like to share with me? Please leave them in the comments below as I always love reading them.