Things that help me
Clichéd deep breaths
It’s not like I didn’t know about taking deep breaths before last year. And that’s what I told every professional, I’m not stupid, I know how to breathe. But somewhere along the line it has sunk in. I tend to use deep breathing (sometimes counted) daily, when I’m anxious or wound up. In through the nose, out through the mouth. I don’t use a specific technique as for me it’s enough to tell myself that I just need to carry on breathing in and out. That is enough to get me through the moment, then I can calm down and think about what is happening. My head usually slows down its spinning, my chest pains decrease and my heart rate decreases.
My favourite colouring book is Outside The Lines. There’s a huge variety of designs which means that I can choose one to match how I feel and the pages are thick enough to colour in felt tip pens. I also have The Creative Colouring Book for Grown Ups. I like this book but I have to use colouring pencils.
Currently I also buy a weekly magazine called Art Therapy. I use this for the colouring pages (one sided & pull out), but it also has pages based around mindfulness.