Essentials to Carry to Ease Anxiety
As a person who struggles with anxiety on the regular, there are a few essential items that I like to carry with me to ensure that in a time of panic I can easily access them to calm myself in those times of need.
I like to carry around a book that I'm currently in the midst of reading to distract myself from what's going on around me and bring my heart rate levels back down. It helps me to focus on what I'm reading and the storyline rather than the reality and anxiety provoking situation.
Even when I'm not typically anxious, I find that essential oils help soothe both body and mind. They also help calm the headaches in which I receive due to the anxiety and can be bought in different scents to help with other aspects.
A strange yet affective item is a nice smelling lotion, which I like to use on my hands in times of stress to practice mindfulness. By concentrating on the way it smells and the way it feels on the skin helps to stay in the moment and relax the mind.
Bottle of Water
Water is so important for your overall health and I find that when I am dehydrated I'm more susceptible to react when under a high anxiety situation. However, when I do feel like I'm going to react I find that having a big drink of water helps to calm me down even just a little.
Another distraction mechanism, I always have my earphones in listening to music. Music is good for the mind and soul assisting me in focusing on the lyrics and music, rather than my surroundings.
Carrying around crystals in my pocket or close to me is a way of grounding when under anxiety by grabbing onto the crystals and holding them. Different crystals have different benefits and healing powers which brings balance during times of high stress. Some of my favourites are:
- Desert Rose
- Rose Quartz
Notebook & Pen
In my opinion it is always handy to carry around a notebook to write down how I'm feeling in that moment or any thoughts going my mind. Doing this can help me when looking back at what I've written and identify my triggers to try avoid the same reaction the next time.