10. Find a way to occupy your hands.
When I was a kid, I used to knit, which in retrospect explains a lot about my school experience. But seriously, I find it so relaxing. Because it’s so rhythmic, it puts me in a bit of a trance and I always feel more relaxed afterwards.
It doesn’t have to be knitting though: You can get a stress ball! Or a worry ring! Or a colouring book! Or anything really, that you can use to keep your hands busy. It might help you take your mind off your anxiety for five minutes, and relieve some pent up nervous energy.
11. Spend time with animals.
EMOTIONAL SUPPORT DUCK. Just kidding. Like, if you can adopt an emotional support duck (Do NOT steal one from your local pond. I’m serious. Put it down.) legally, and are fully equipped to look after it, then yes, do that. But spending time with animals in general has been shown to have positive effects on people. Don’t jump into getting a pet before you’re ready though – you can try Borrow My Doggy, visit an (ethical) cat café, or see if you can get involved with Pets as Therapy.
And if you do feel ready for a pet, then I 100% recommend you adopt rather than buy!