The Weird Way You Can Ease Your Anxiety

A woman with anxiety
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When your anxiety makes your heart beat faster and your lungs take in shallow breaths, you’ve probably been told to do breathing exercises. Sometimes it’s hard to remember to breathe in for three counts, hold that breath for three counts, and release it for three counts. Sometimes it feels completely pointless.

But breathing exercises can really help. If you have access to a computer the next time your anxiety flares, here are some GIFs that can assist you with your breathing:

If you still need help reaching a calmer mindset after your anxiety gets the best of you, there are also plenty of GIFs that are meant to soothe you, to remind you what it feels like to experience peacefulness:

If you suffer from anxiety, you might need to get creative when it comes to finding ways to calm yourself down. These GIFs might be exactly what you need. TC mark

Juliet Lanka

Hater of love. Lover of horror.

Trace the scars life has left you. It will remind you that at one point, you fought for something. You believed.

“You are the only person who gets to decide if you are happy or not—do not put your happiness into the hands of other people. Do not make it contingent on their acceptance of you or their feelings for you. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if someone dislikes you or if someone doesn’t want to be with you. All that matters is that you are happy with the person you are becoming. All that matters is that you like yourself, that you are proud of what you are putting out into the world. You are in charge of your joy, of your worth. You get to be your own validation. Please don’t ever forget that.” — Bianca Sparacino

Excerpted from The Strength In Our Scars by Bianca Sparacino.

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