Coping Skills for Anxiety

When it comes to managing anxiety, most people are familiar with common strategies like exercise, therapy, and medication. However, there are also some less common but highly effective coping mechanisms that you might find helpful. Exploring new ways to manage anxiety can offer fresh perspectives and solutions AND increase your quality of life.

Creative Outlets

Creativity can be a powerful tool for managing anxiety. Engaging in creative activities allows you to express yourself and can increase positive neurochemical production in your brain.

  1. Art Therapy: Drawing, painting, or even coloring can help you process emotions and reduce stress. The act of creating something can be very calming and fulfilling.

  2. Writing: Keeping a journal or writing poetry can help you articulate your feelings and gain insights into your anxiety. It’s a private space where you can express yourself without any judgments.

Physical Activity Beyond Exercise

Traditional exercise is great, but you don't have to break a sweat or be focused on weight loss to get great benefits from physical movement.

  1. Dancing: Moving to music can be a joyous and freeing experience. It helps release tension and promotes a sense of well-being.

  2. Gardening: Spending time in nature and nurturing plants can be very therapeutic. Gardening provides a sense of accomplishment and connection to the earth.

Alternative Therapies

Exploring alternative therapies can offer additional ways to manage anxiety or help when your traditional tools need a little boost.

  1. Acupuncture: This ancient practice can help balance the body's energy and reduce anxiety. Some studies suggest that acupuncture can be as effective as cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety.

  2. Aromatherapy: Using essential oils like lavender or chamomile can have a calming effect. Diffusing these oils or using them in a bath can help you relax.


Exploring uncommon coping skills for anxiety can open up new avenues for relief and self-discovery. If you need personalized support or want to learn more about these techniques, our office is here to help. Reach out to us to discuss how we can assist you in managing your anxiety in a way that fits your lifestyle. You can call 317-471-8996 to schedule an in-person or virtual session to meet your needs.