People On The Internet Share The Different Ways They Handle Their Anxiety Attacks

22 August 2016, 12:50 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09

Woman with a pillow over her face in colour
Nicky Idika

By Nicky Idika

Here's what you can try if you're tired of people telling you to "breathe"

It’s not easy to calm yourself down during an anxiety attack. If it was easy, they wouldn’t call it an "attack". But, as with most things, we figured that people on the internet would have some tips for us. You know, besides "breathing". So we had a look at what people were saying helped them during their most anxious moments. 


Affirmations can be anything. They don’t have to be an already written set of statements. You can write your own. We’re guessing you’re a pretty logical person when you’re not riddled with anxiety. So, write down the things that give you fear and anxiety and debunk them in a short statement. I.e. “This situation will not last forever. I have made it through worse things and survived. I will survive this.”.

In case you need a bit of help, here's a step by step guide to writing your own perfect affirmations.  


Interestingly enough, cleaning is often cited as a mood calming activity. It makes sense. Cleaning is a goal oriented, mind focusing task that has tangible results. For many people, anxiety stems from a perceived loss of control. One way you can exercise control is to tidy/change your surroundings.

"I’m not here to make friends"

Many times, social anxiety intensifies when we focus on a situation where believe we are misfits or that people won't like us. One weird mantra you can try? “I am not here for the purpose of making friends.” It might sound a bit anti-social, but once you stop focusing on whether or not people like you, and focus on yourself, handling social situations becomes a lot easier. Speaking from experience, “I will probably never see this person again”, tends to help me out a lot. 


Reddit anxiety 2

And the best anxiety cure we know…

anxieties relief// from biancalogy on 8tracks Radio.