Many people with generalized anxiety disorder don’t know how to quickly calm and soothe themselves. But it’s a simple, easy technique to learn, and it can make a drastic difference in your anxiety symptoms.
The best methods for self-soothing incorporate one or more of the physical senses: vision, hearing, smell, taste, and touch—or movement.
Try the following self-soothing suggestions when your GAD symptoms are acting
Sight – Take in a beautiful view. Look at treasured photos, works of art, or funny videos online. Close your eyes and picture a place that feels peaceful and rejuvenating.
Sound – Listen to soothing music. Call an old friend. Sing or hum a favorite tune. Enjoy the sounds of nature: birds singing, ocean waves crashing on the beach, wind rustling through the trees.
Smell – Light scented candles. Smell the flowers in a garden. Breathe in the clean, fresh air. Spritz on your favorite perfume.
Taste – Slowly eat a favorite treat, savoring each bite. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee or herbal tea.
Touch – Pet your dog or cat. Wrap yourself in a soft blanket. Sit outside in the cool breeze. Give yourself a hand or neck massage.
Movement – Go for a walk or run, dance around, jump up and down or gently stretch.
If you feel you need support dealing with Anxiety you can apply for 1-1 counselling or take part in our weekly Anxiety Support Groups.