Ever had one of those moments where you feel an excess of anxiety or worry and it just won’t turn off?

During my most anxious years I tried to turn off the anxiety by laying around in bed + trying to stay calm.  It kind of helped, but really… I was just laying around in bed feeling anxious.

And then one day I said to myself “Self, you can lay around in bed and feel anxious or you can do something.”  So I got up and did some yoga.

And then every day… I did it again.

You know what?

Sometimes it helped. A lot.

Sometimes it helped. A little.

But it always made a difference.


When you’re feeling excess anxiety and it won’t go away the best thing to do is to find something to do.


  • do some yoga
  • tidy the house
  • brush your dog
  • walk down the street and back
  • write in your journal
  • draw a picture
  • play some music or sing
  • step into the yard and pull some weeds
  • assist someone else in completing a task
  • bake a cake
  • scrub the toilets
  • play with the cat
  • take pictures of pretty things
  • {*something you choose here}


It can be anything really. Just choose something and do it.

It doesn’t have to be hard. You can choose something easy.

If you have low energy, choose something that takes less energy.

If you’ve got energy bouncing around inside you like an out of control ping pong ball, choose something that takes more energy.

If you’re mind is racing around worrying about every-little-thing (or just-one-thing), choose something that takes a little more brain power and focus.


Choosing to ‘do’ something doesn’t mean you don’t take time to rest or hide because there are times when that’s exactly what needs to happen. But…

When you begin to play with trying something other than your standard approach you discover what helps to shift your anxiety and what doesn’t.

And when you understand how to shift your anxiety…

Everything will change.