Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress for the average person and finding healthy ways to cope with it is important. In fact, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in the U.S., affecting roughly 40 million adults. The severity of anxiety differs for all who suffer from it, but meditation is a popular way of dealing with it. Most meditation methods consist of slowing down the breath and remaining in one position for an extended period, but there are some who can become anxious from doing this. Recent findings have shown that too much sitting may be linked to anxiety and coloring was found to be an effective alternative to meditation.
Currently, six of the top selling books on Amazon are adult coloring books, which goes to show that something once seemingly juvenile is the perfect outlet to destress and enjoy an act of the moment. It’s a breath of fresh air for those who can’t sit still for meditation as well as those looking for alternate ways to find that moment of peace. With that, here are seven different ways to destress and minimize those moments of anxiety.
Like coloring, this artsy moment will take you back to a time where all you worried about was nap time. You can take it back to the basics of finger painting or even decide to repaint your apartment over the weekend.
Beyond its sensory experience, cooking can be therapeutic. It allows you to concentrate on multi-step task in the comfort of your home. Eating your creation is a bonus.