I’ve been having a lot of agitation lately, so I’ve been trying out different things to help with it.
The problem with agitation is the last thing you want to do is sit still and focus on something, you want to keep pacing or doing something negative to relieve it. I can’t do that though, as much as I’ve wanted to lately. I force myself to sit still, breath, and do something non destructive. It’s very uncomfortable in the beginning, going against how you’re feeling but it gets better after awhile.
And really any exercise that gets energy out is helpful. It gives me an outlet for the negative energy. I’ve been taking lots of long walks, doing sit ups, and reps with weights. I generally use this method when I feel like the agitation is too much and I might do something negative if the energy isn’t released. Running would probably be helpful too but I’m not really in good shape so that’s not something I’ve been doing right now. Eventually I likely will though.
This is kind of tricky because sometimes when starting to read and being agitated I get pissed off and have a hard time sitting still and just want to throw the book down. As silly as it seems, taking deep breaths really helps. I try to just let the anxiety out and focus on what I’m reading. It generally takes about 10 solid minutes of reading but once I hit that mark I really get into it and can keep going. So it may start out as something that seems to make things worse but in the end it’s worth sticking it out if possible. That is, if you actually enjoy reading. Forcing yourself to read when you’re not into it to begin with probably wouldn’t just be extremely aggravating.
I can always count on Animal Crossing: New Leaf to help me relax. No matter what’s going on, it helps me chill. It’s such a laid back game but it’s very task oriented which is good to take my mind off things and I find getting things “accomplished” in the game helpful for my anxiety.
Putting on music and cleaning and organizing is great for when I’m feeling agitated because it’s both physical and task oriented. So I don’t have to sit still, I can move around as much as I want but it’s not that aimless pacing which generally just works me up even more. Plus, it always feels great when your place is nice and tidy. Having a messy house/apartment really messes with you subconsciously. It may not seem like a big deal but having a clean place creates peace of mind.
This was somewhat of a rambling and non planned post, actually, writing this is something I decided to do to help relieve some of the agitation I was feeling tonight. So, if anyone has any ideas feel free to add in the comments! I love learning different ways to cope, there are tons, this barely scratches the surface.