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10 Ways To Quiet An Anxious Mind That Won’t Let You Rest

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Article By: Jonnie Davis

Last week was an intensely stressful week for me to say the least. So on top of the lengthy to-do list I already had, and the heaps of studying I had to finish. I’m sitting at work, and I get a text from my boyfriend reminding me that I have a doctor’s appointment. I involuntarily freak out, knowing I have to get two shots throughout my checkup.

When I was a child, I was utterly terrified of needles, and not much has changed. On the floor sobbing, can’t catch my breath scared. I will avoid going near any needle at all cost, so just the thought of visiting the doctor gave me a full-on panic attack. I was anxious the whole night, and couldn’t focus on anything. Often our fears and phobias can leave us with a restless mind. We tend to get exceptionally anxious before a substantial event, or in my case a doctor’s appointment. Here are some of the ways I soothe an uneasy mind.

5. Practice Gratitude

When you are in a place of gratitude, you will feel so much more composed, and at peace. I like to think about all the beauty currently in my life when my mind is feeling anxious it helps me to feel calm and know that things are going to be okay as long as I have a grateful heart. To help you with practicing gratitude I recommend you check out The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life or The Little Book of Gratitude: Create a life of happiness and wellbeing by giving thanks. These books helped me to see life in a different light; I found myself being more grateful and confident in my daily life.

6. Cry it Out 

7. Take a Long Relaxing Bath

8. Sleep it Off

 9. Practice Mindfulness

10. Read Your Favorite Book or Blog

Remember that Feeling anxious is natural. Breath and know everything will be okay!


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  • Sara |
    January 24, 2018

    These are all my go to’s for stressed out or anxious days! I seriously feel like you raided my self care plan haha! It’s amazing what a good book and a long bath can do. Or just 15 minutes of meditation and a good walk! And gratitude journaling really does wonders for helping you to see the silver lining in every day (even the not-so-good ones). Thanks for sharing – I highly recommend all of these wonderful tips to anyone who needs to nip anxious thoughts in the bud. 💞

    • blysee4
      January 25, 2018

      No problem Sara, glad you enjoyed them!

  • Brie Goumaz
    January 26, 2018

    Such a great reminder on self care and the importance of it. I often find myself having anxiety and will remember this list the next time it happens. Thanks so much!

  • Katie@MySweetHomeLife
    May 20, 2018

    I love these tips. I have just started meditation classes and literally just practiced before reading this article. I also like your advice to have a good cry- sometimes that’s just what you need.

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