Resources to Use During Anxious Moments
If you saw my FB live today then you heard me say I'd be compiling a list of resources and tools available for helping reduce stress and anxiety. These are stressful times y'all. Lots of uncertainty and it is impacting all corners of our lives. I know how hard it can be to release anxious thoughts and the stress you are feeling. I hope these resources can give some relief. Please know that you are not alone and if you need help finding other resources please reach out to me or another helping professional.
Calm App - this app provides guided mediation and you can try it for free. Make sure to check out their blog too. There are a lot of great articles on how to reduce stress and anxiety.
Headspace - It's another mindfulness app that is offering free support right now
Stop, Breathe, and Think Kids - This app is designed for kiddos ages 5-10 and offers "missions" in calm for children to complete.
Coping Skills for Kids - amazing website with a lot of resources for helping kids cope during COVID-19
5-4-3-2-1 Grounding Activity - Bring yourself to the present by using your 5 senses
5 things you can see
4 things you can hear
3 things you can touch
2 things you can smell
1 thing you can taste
Square Breathing - Imagine you are tracing a square with your breathe
Breathe in for 4
Hold for 4
Breathe out for 4
Hold for 4
Blow a Pinwheel
Go for a walk
Yoga - There are free yoga videos on YouTube. Kids especially love Cosmic Kids Yoga and you can join them in it.
Light a candle, brew a cup of tea or coffee, and use imagery to imagine you are in a calm, chill place.
I hope these resources are helpful. The key to reducing anxiety and stress if finding what works best for you.
Hang in there and stay well!