Dealing with anxiety can be overwhelming, and sometimes it can seem like you are the only one going through it. According to American Association for Anxiety and Depression, anxiety is actually one of the most common mental disorders in the country, affecting 40 million adults, including the very people we turn to for advice.
Yes, we are talking about your therapists. Take for example, Mahlet Endale, an Atlanta-based licensed psychologist whose anxiety manifests primarily as sleep disturbances. There is also Sara weand, a relationship and anxiety therapist in Annville, Pa., who often experiences pain in her upper back and shoulders when she feels anxious.
So what tools do experts use when they are feeling anxious? Below they swear by a few. Hope they help you too.
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An ice cream roller
A coloring book for adults
A weighted blanket
A massage gun
A set of Gelly Roll pens
A meditation app
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A cup of hot tea
A brown noise machine
Of course, when it comes to stress and anxiety, tools like these don’t go far. Lifestyle habits like getting enough sleep and exercise can work wonders. And maybe the best way to deal with whatever is taking its toll on your mental health is see a therapist, Endale said. (Here’s a guide on where to start, and here’s a list of resources that are affordable if therapy isn’t within your budget.)
“I also recommend that people seek professional help if they find that the stress is such that they cannot even use their usual healthy anxiety management strategies,” she added. .
“Sometimes when we have chronic anxiety, our bodies succumb to stress and the anxiety turns into depression. It is also a key indicator that it is high time to seek professional support.