11 Calming DIYs to Relieve Anxiety – Brit + Co

There’s a lot going on in the world right now, and if you feel like you need more self-care, one way to keep your mind occupied is to take aDIYproject… or 11. Being crafty can actually help you feel less anxious, and when you’re done, you’ll have a fun new creation to keep. So if you need to get away for a while, we recommend putting on some relaxing music and trying out these DIYs, from candles to our go-to’s. comfort food recipes. You may find that taking time to take care of yourself helps you feel more energized and ready for any challenges that may come next.


bath bombs

If there’s anything that puts us at ease, it’s a bubble bath. Add your own essential oils like lavender or eucalyptus to make this an extra-relaxing experience. In addition to the mental and emotional benefits of taking a bath, Epsom salts and citric acids will also help you feel better physically.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1/2 cup Epsom salt
  • 3 teaspoons of water
  • 3 teaspoons coconut oil (melted)
  • essential oils
  • food coloring
  • dried flowers/ dried lavender
  • bath bomb mold

Instructions

  1. Mix the baking soda, cornstarch, citric acid, and Epsom salt in one bowl and the water and coconut oil in another.
  2. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ones and mix.
  3. Separate your mixture into a few different bowls before adding the essential oils and food coloring.
  4. Pack your bath bomb into the two halves of the mold so they overflow, then squeeze the halves together.
  5. Remove one side of the mold and stir the other half. Leave to dry overnight on a cookie sheet.
DIY Pink + Pistachio Italian Hot Chocolate

Pink Italian Hot Chocolate + Pistachio

Hot chocolate is the perfect way to start or end your day, and it will warm you up to your toes for those times when you need a little extra comfort. This recipe is a little more like pudding in texture, so you can skip the cornstarch if you prefer to drink it.

Comfort box

Create your own comfort box

There’s something about having lots of comforting things in one place that boosts our serotonin. Whether you’re filling your box with spa essentials, family photos, or souvenirs from a great trip, opening it whenever you need it will help you focus on the good times and reassure you.

Materials

  • A box (a shoebox or small cardboard box works great)
  • To paint
  • scrapbook paper

Instructions

  1. Paint the outside of your box with as many colors as you want to make it look good.
  2. Cover the inside with scrapbook paper that complements the painting you have chosen.
  3. Fill with your favorite items.
  4. Browse it whenever you need!
A screen of serotonin

Create Your Own Serotonin Screen

Create a bulletin board to show off a collection of your favorite keepsakes or keepsakes. Hang up your favorite photos, quotes that help keep you calm, or add a shelf for something from your childhood that’s special to you. Choosing to display these items on your wall means you’ll always be able to see them and can rearrange them whenever you want.

DIY chai tea candle

DIY chai tea candle

Candles are an easy way to add some coziness to your space when you’re feeling anxious, and it can be even more fun to make your own! This version of chai tea calls for all kinds of spices, but you can switch things up with cocoa powder, matcha powder, or even instant coffee to brew your favorite drink instead.

DIY Face Mist

DIY Face Mist

Face mists are a great way to refresh your skin any time of the day (we especially love a spritz when our inevitable afternoon slump hits). You can customize the scents to maximize anti-anxiety potential or add your favorite toner to benefit your skin.

Ingredients:

  • Glass vaporizers
  • Rose water
  • Witch Hazel
  • tea tree oil

Instructions:

  1. Mix equal parts rose water and witch hazel, then add a drop of oil.
  2. Spray and enjoy.
Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese is the epitome of comfort food as far as we’re concerned. And making it in your slow cooker just means it’s easier than ever to get a decadent bowl of mac and cheese. You don’t even have to pre-cook your pasta! Garnish with your favorite spices and enjoy.

Anthropology wall art

Anthropology inspired wall art

Sometimes when you’re feeling down, you just want to vent those emotions on something. Art is a great way to do this, especially when you’ve just splattered paint on a canvas. Stick to the color scheme of your space or find bright colors to enhance your mood.

Rosemary Watermelon DIY

Rosemary Watermelon

If alcohol makes you feel more offbeat than relaxed, consider whipping up a mocktail instead of opening that bottle of rosé. This watermelon lemonade is the perfect addition to your dinner *and* it will get you in the summer mood. Yes please!

Anti-Anxiety Chocolate Chip + Chamomile Cookies

Photo via Lucy Schaeffer

Anti-Anxiety Chocolate Chip + Chamomile Cookies

(Recipe by Joy Bauer; photo via Lucy Schaeffer. Makes about 26 cookies)

Besides the fact that chocolate chip cookies generally fill us with all kinds of nostalgia, these bad boys have anti-anxiety ingredients that make us love them even more. Add a tablespoon of flax or chia seeds for extra calm.

Ingredients:

  • Non-stick oil spray
  • 1 cup creamy almond butter
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 chamomile tea bags (open the tea bags and use the dried tea leaves)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter (or canola oil)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and while it’s heating, add the oil spray to a baking sheet. You can also line with parchment paper instead.
  • Purée the chickpeas in a food processor. Combine with remaining ingredients (except chocolate chips) in a mixing bowl, then stir in chocolate chips. You can also blend all the ingredients (except the chocolate chips) in a food processor until the chickpeas are pureed and everything is well combined if you prefer. Don’t mix too much!
  • Cut the cookie dough into balls about a heaping tablespoon each and place them on your baking sheet. Gently press each with the back of a fork (you can make a criss-cross pattern by doing it in two different directions). If the dough is too sticky, add a little oil on the fork.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes. Serve soft and hot.
DIY yarn bracelets

DIY yarn bracelets

By making your own bracelets, you can have something comforting with you at all times. Make a heart or twist the yarn into a loved one’s initial. All you need is brass wire, a bangle bend bar, and pliers. Done and done.

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