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Self-Care Practices for Anxiety

Updated: Dec 30, 2023

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Anxiety is a difficult emotion and it can really limit life. The treatment of severe anxiety belongs to healthcare professionals, but there are also many ways in which we can help ourselves when we feel anxious.

Self-care, as the name suggests, is about taking care of oneself. When we take care of and look after ourselves well, we send a message to ourselves that we are cared for and loved. This often eases anxiety and makes us feel safe.

In this blog post, we introduce self-care practices for anxiety, which help you provide yourself with gentleness and care when you need it the most.

A person sipping tea and journaling.
Self-care practices can be a great asset in managing anxiety.

6 Self-Care Practices to Do When You Feel Anxious

When you feel anxious, both your body and mind crave peace, love, and security.

Next, we have listed six effective self-care practices that help you create safety and gentleness for yourself when you want to feel less anxious and more calm.

1. Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness is a great way to ground yourself in the present moment when you feel like you are overwound and anxious.

The purpose of mindfulness is to focus on the present moment instead of being caught up in our minds and the anxiety-provoking thoughts it produces.

We have dedicated a whole blog post to mindfulness exercises for anxiety, you can read it here.

If you want more guidance at the start of your mindfulness journey, we recommend the * app. This is a very high-quality mindfulness and meditation app, which also includes specific exercises and programs aimed at anxiety. You can read our review of the app here.

2. Journaling

Bringing thoughts out of your mind and onto paper can be really helpful in dealing with anxiety! Journaling is a great way to practice self-care and organize thoughts that may feel chaotic and distressing.

We have compiled 20 useful journal prompts for anxiety in this blog post.

3. Connect with Loved Ones

Anxiety often eases when we are in contact with someone who cares about us and whom we trust. When anxiety strikes, it can be beneficial to call or meet a friend or a loved one.

If no friends are available, other human contact can also help you ground yourself and feel better. Consider going for a walk, or visiting a store or a café where you can see other people.

4. Physical Activity

Anxiety usually originates in our minds and paralyzes us. Getting back in the body is often really helpful in treating anxiety.

Exercise or other physical activities are thus usually very effective means to alleviate anxiety and ground ourselves.

So engage in your favorite form of exercise or an activity that uplifts your mood while getting your body moving.

5. Take Care of Your Boundaries

If our boundaries are constantly overstepped, it leads to us feeling unsafe. This may cause anxiety.

Take care of your boundaries and also ensure that you recognize where your boundaries are.

To start learning where your boundaries are, reflect on past experiences that made you uncomfortable and pay attention to your feelings. They often signal when a boundary has been crossed.

6. Practice Self-Compassion and Acceptance

Self-compassion and acceptance are perhaps the best remedies for those moments when we feel anxious and insecure.

Remember that feeling anxiety is completely normal and it does not make you any less of a person. You are wonderful and lovable just as you are. 🩷

Practicing Self-Care Can Heal Anxiety

When you show yourself love, acceptance, and care during your toughest moments, those moments gradually become easier and easier.

Difficult emotions will always be a part of human life, but the way we relate to them and to ourselves is key to ensuring that, for example, anxiety doesn't constantly limit our lives.

We wish you much gentleness, love, and compassion on your journey. 🩷

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