If it’s the weekend, I don’t care much for just sitting around and mindlessly watching TV. Then again, if my anxiety is on the high side of things, I don’t necessarily want to go out and interact with the masses. I’ve found a few standbys that work really well for me when I’m functional but don’t want to leave the house.
1. Make use of library apps. Many local libraries offer apps where you can download books, audiobooks, music, movies, you name it – without having to step foot in the library. My library offers the Overdrive and Hoopla apps. They’re great because everything on there is free, and added bonus, the stress relating to returning items on time *vanishes* because returns are automatic.
2. Plan a trip that you may or may not go on. I love hopping onto flight sites, Airbnb (click my referral link for $20 off your first booking!) and TripAdvisor and planning trips to places I’ve always dreamed of traveling to. Sometimes, when the price fits my budget, I’ll actually go ahead and book. I make sure everything I book is refundable, just in case I panic last minute and decide not to go.
3. Give yourself a spa evening. I put on a face mask, make a foot bath using Epsom salt and essential oils, and do my nails. I love getting those full nail sets available at Dollar Tree. They only last me a day or two, but they don’t destroy my nails like gels and acrylics, and they are *two freaking dollars* for nails + glue. I swear I didn’t write this one to have an excuse to post a picture of my engagement ring.
4. Do at 10-minute yoga session. When the anxiety is high, I know yoga is good for me, but I also usually can’t get myself to do an hour-long practice. There are lots of resources available with quick yoga classes – including the Hoopla app I mentioned earlier! YogaGlo is also a good resource. You can search by class style, length, and specific need, and they have a two-week free trial.
5. Do a puzzle. So I really like this because it keeps the brain busy, it keeps you occupied for a while, and when you get tired of it, you can leave it and come back later.
6. Text or email your long distance friends. This is a double win – you get to connect with people, but you don’t have to get anxiety about them asking you to go out. They’ll be thrilled to hear from you.
7. Clean out the cabinets. Okay, this one isn’t fun, but I did it this weekend and I felt a lot better. And by “I did it,” I mean my fiance did it. I kinda helped. In any event, I’m not very organized, but getting rid of the clutter helped me feel so much better.
8. Order in. Y’all, restaurants that allow you to order via app are great. They increase the chances of you getting the correct order and decrease human interaction.
9. Fall down the YouTube tutorial rabbit hole. There is so much to learn from YouTube videos. Makeup advice, basic car care, history. Pick a topic, and keep on clickin’ when the video is over.
10. Sell your crap online. I have no reason to read the Twilight series ever again. Someone else will be happy to read it, and they will pay me to do so.
11. Snuggle with your dog or cat. Of course, you have to own a dog or cat first. I cannot recommend enough getting an animal from your local shelter. I can’t tell you how much more manageable my anxiety has become since getting my little shelter bubby.
12. Plan your meals for the week. I don’t really like meal planning subscriptions because I usually have to buy a TON of food, and they rarely meet my dietary needs. I figure out what I want to eat for the week and order using Walmart Grocery Pickup (click my referral link for $10 off your first order). Lots of places have started offering the option of order and pickup, which I absolutely love because it’s easier to compare prices and I don’t have to spend time in the store.
13. Write. You don’t have to write about your anxiety. You don’t have to write on a blog. Just take out a piece of paper and just put pen to paper. Maybe you’ll write a story. Maybe you’ll just doodle. However, you now have an outlet and a place to focus your energy.
14. DIY the heck outta stuff. So I’ve already suggested selling your crap online, but some of your stuff probably won’t sell, and some if your stuff is actually still useful. Last week I made some homemade mascara and one of those selfie ring lights.
and when all else fails
15. Ask for help. Sometimes the anxiety goes from not being able to leave the house to not being able to function. Resting turns into crying uncontrollably. People will be willing to help you if you reach out. Reach out to your family and friends. If that’s not an option, find a like-minded online community. If it’s more serious than that, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline if you’re in the US at 1-800-273-8255.
So I know the tone of this post turned dark suddenly, but that’s how anxiety works, too. If anxiety is something you experience, please know that you are supported and loved. If you don’t experience anxiety, reach out to someone you know who struggles with it and let them know you love them.