Anxiety in the U.S. is on the rise. A poll by the American Psychiatric Association found that 62 percent of Americans feel more anxious now than they did last year during the same time.
If you’re feeling stressed out, In The Know’s Phoebe Zaslav gave us five out-of-the-box self-care techniques that are both affordable and accessible.
“Managing your stress and anxiety doesn’t have to be a chore,” Phoebe said. “Sometimes I find that there are little things that I do throughout the day. Things I didn’t know could actually help you relax and stay in the moment and stay present.”
Here are five unconventional ways you can slow down and soothe an anxious mind.
1. Get rid of five items you never use
If there’s nothing more satisfying to you than crossing something off your to-do list, this tip is for you.
“Donate them. Give them to a friend. But get rid of them. Then check that off your list. That might help with some of your stress and just feeling overwhelmed,” Phoebe said.
2. Unsubscribe to junk emails
It’s time to unsubscribe from all those unwanted newsletters.
“I did this the other day. I can’t even tell you how much better I feel. How much lighter I feel without all of these like emails coming at me all the time,” Phoebe said.
3. Slowly eat an orange piece-by-piece
This is a great way to slow down your mind without slowing down your productivity if you’re feeling stressed at work.
“Peel it as you would and separate all of the sections,” she explained. “Eat each section one-by-one, closing your eyes, enjoying each section as it is and slowing yourself down.”
4. Unfollow draining social media accounts
Let all of the toxic courtesy-follows go. Good vibes only.
“You are on social media a lot. Get rid of the ones that don’t make you feel joy and that don’t make you have a good outlook on life,” Phoebe advised.
5. Spend an entire day without looking at your phone
Putting away your phone is actually good for your health. Excessive screen time has been linked with an increase in the risk of diseases like obesity, diabetes and social media.
“It will not only distract you less and help you get more things done which might help ease your anxiety levels or it’s just good to disconnect,” Phoebe said.
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