Try lavender essential oil to calm yourself when you get worked up.
"We have people put a drop of it on their collarbone," Raymer says. "The smell wafts up. The odor is very relaxing." Or, you can rub it gently into your temple, she says.
In 2012, a study of women who were anxious about having a medical procedure done, inhaled lavender half an hour before and they were calmer than those who did not.
When anxiety hits, do something tangible, suggests John Tsilimparis MFT, a marriage and family therapist.
"Take your house keys out, run your fingers along the keys," says Tsilimparis. "That sensation will give you 'grounding.' Pick up a paperweight, hold it in your hand. Or, get an ice cube. Hold it as long as you can do it."
This will help distract your brain long enough to calm your anxious feelings.
"Your mind will shift from racing, catastrophic thoughts [that accompany anxiety] to the cold ice cube in your hand," he says.
Face Your Fears
"If something makes you scared, face it," says Cassiday. Whether you get anxiety about facing social groups of people or you have a fear of clowns, facing what scares you will help lower your anxiety in the long run.
"What a worrier really wants is a promise that everything is going to be OK," she says.
Unfortunately uncertainly is part of life, so the sooner you can face those fears, the better you will be at learning to live with them.
What causes you to be anxious? Share with us in the comments.
Source: Everyday Health