(1) Look up into the blue sky for a prolonged time. Not easy, but it's so worth it. It is like a meditation with open eyes. Note that meditation is essential in general to become a calm person.
(2) Self-psychotherapy session in the form of freewriting. Put your pen to paper and work through your mental chatter and emotional state. Ask yourself questions and write what comes to mind.
(3) Zoom out by imagining the planet Earth from space, or even the universe. It makes me instantly feel serene and anxiety melts away.
(4) Swipe worry with your hand in front of the face. Works best when you’re annoyed with something that’s out of your control. I use it often when something stressful just happened, makes me calm down in seconds after swiping.
(5) Step out of yourself by mentally switching from inside yourself to the outside position. I mastered this method as a result of pondering a quote from "Thus Spoke Zarathustra": [Now I am light, now I fly, now I see myself beneath myself, now a god dances through me]. For me, it works best when I start crying.
(6) Anxiety to begin doesn’t bother me much after I discovered "the first draft is always perfect" reframing. Think about it, does the advice to make a "first shitty draft" work for you?
(7) My morning ritual wipes away anxiety or worry as soon as I get out of bed. The core is a “new day - new game” reframing. I say it first with my arms raised in the victory pose, then name the day on my rounds calendar, and close with the "zivot-je-hra" mantra. Unfortunately, this ritual doesn't always has a lasting effect on me.
(8) Create a persona that doesn’t worry about things that worries you. My story: Bobo invented Major Schmiks persona to help me, Niki Shmikis, to overcome anxiety when it comes to communicating with new people. Perhaps this is the weirdest way, but it could be a seed of an idea for you if you’re a kindred spirit.
Please do not forget about the common ways to deal with anxiety, stress, and worry:
* Breath deeply.
* Take a walk in nature.
* Sleep, including napping during the day.
* Talk with someone you trust and who cares deeply about you.
* ACT instead of drowning in mental chatter or disturbing feelings. It’s not always easy though. That’s why I practice those eight offbeat ways to let go and stay calm.
1. The self-psychotherapy idea was introduced to me by Mathias Jakobsen of Think Clearly. His approach is a bit different, learn about it here.
2. Zooming out into space approach was inspired by the letter to a newborn son by George Strakhov.
3. “Swipe worry” technique was an accidental discovered thanks to the Heroine podcast.
4. Quote from "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" by Nietzsche from chapter 7 of part 1 "Reading and Writing".
5. "The first draft is always perfect" grabbed my attention in the article by Jocelyn K. Glei: [A New Approach to Productivity: Planning for Imperfection] *part 3*
6. Cover photo taken by Trey Ratcliff in Cinque Terre, Italy, looking out into the stormy sea.
Published on August.28.018