Feeling anxious? Uneasy? A little stressed out? Does the combination of these adjectives, which might generally be placed under the “worrisome” category, give you heart palpitations? If so, chances are good that you’re not the only one–anxiety disorders affect about eighteen percent of adults in the United States, making it the most common type of mental illness in the US. Plus, even without being officially diagnosed with anxiety or depression, you’ve probably got more than enough going on to make you feel a little overwhelmed at any given moment–you know, like, school. Homework. Friend drama. Family drama. Life, like, in general.
I happen to be an inwardly-anxious person myself, so, as a means of self care, I often turn to things that I have designated as “soothing” (old episodes of 30 Rock, bone broth blogs, Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbooks) to help make my own dumb brain shut up when I need it to. One of my favorite techniques, however, is using gifs. Seriously. Using calming visualization has been scientifically proven to help soothe anxiety, so, however anxious, stressed out, overworked, and tired you may be feeling right now, we promise you’ll feel at least a little better after you look at these gifs:
1. This rainy night:
2. This hypnotizing pattern:
3. And this one:
4. Feeling panicked?
5. Breathing patterns are so, so helpful:
8. Also, just look at this cozy AF snowscape:
9. If that makes you feel chilly, check out this “living still” of a beach sunset:
10. Doesn’t this make you feel better?
11. This, too:
12. Maybe you need to see something a little sharper to make you feel sufficiently soothed:
13. Or some nice, solid, puppy imagery:
14. Anyway, I hope you feel better:
15. I know I do:
(All gifs are from Giphy)
What do you think of these gifs? Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!