Anxiety is the human condition writ large and knowing how to smash it away is a basic life skill we all need. And hence we all need a collection of anxiety hacks for our own mental health – but what works?
And in a completely unscientific process – aka a call out on Facebook – we’ve established that a) there are some excellent anxiety breakers around and b) goddamn, there are a lot of anxious people out there.
Fortunately, they have some great ideas on managing it. Like…
The Office, Friends, Doctor Who, Queer Eye, Seinfeld, Buffy, Golden Girls: it’s fair to say that there’s a bit of a trend there.
Things that are relatively simple – as in, challenging but not open ended – seemed to be the go to, whether that was Super Mario, Donkey Kong, Civilization, SimCity or mobile games.
And then there was the video game we call life: specifically,
Get out into nature!
Walking outside was a big hit with a lot of people, especially in places where there are trees aplenty. And connected with that was…
Swimming and running had strong, passionate adherents – and many specifically suggested getting out into nature in the process, echoing the above suggestion.
Yoga and pilates were also big favourites, as was…
Relaxation techniques were recommended left and right, from apps to classes to just sitting in the sun and not thinking for a bit to practiced mindfulness. And then there was the most mindful practice of all…
Either solo or not, your call. They’re all good. As is…
Getting off social media!
Which was ironic, since it was a question asked on Facebook – but my word, what a lot of people agreed. So maybe take a break if you can.
Those were the most popular suggestions, but there were also…
Browsing op shops
Cuddling a dog
Practice an instrument
Pimple popping videos!
Look, we’re not going to judge. Whatever gets you from one end of the day to the other is fine.
If you need to talk to someone, you can call Lifeline on 131114.