Mental Health & Wellbeing

Anxiety Essentials I Can’t Live Without

For today’s post, I’ve decided to share what I call my DIY anxiety attack survival kit. Over the years I’ve accumulated a number of anxiety essentials that I find useful or comforting during an attack. These range from things to help with the general symptoms I get to a few things that are useful for distracting me. Most of them I try and keep in my bag with me, or I make sure that I have them within good reach at home. So kick back and enjoy, while maybe getting a few ideas for your own anxiety survival kit.

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When I’m anxious, the number one thing that happens is that I feel sick. That’s why mints have always been my go to when it comes to my anxiety essentials. It stems back from when I was a kid and I’d always get a stomach ache – my Mum would always tell me to have a mint. I’ve looked into it too, peppermint is a good natural remedy for nausea. I don’t tend to take actual peppermint oil, I literally just suck on extra strong mints because it’s a much cheaper habit to have when you feel anxious as often as I do. I’m not overly sure as to whether it’s a placebo effect of some sort, but I generally find that they settle my stomach.

Chewing Gum

This follows on closely from the mints thing. It’s a similar thing in terms of the mint settling my stomach, but I also find that chewing gum for some reason makes me feel hungry, and when you feel sick, the feeling of hunger is actually quite reassuring. My go to during an anxiety attack is mints, but if I feel sick after eating (which is often) that will generally trigger an anxiety attack – which is why in these cases I head straight for chewing gum. It helps ease that awful bloated feeling, and the mint generally gets rid of the taste of whatever I’ve just eaten, which usually triggers the nausea more!


I have several go to games on my phone that I play if things start getting too much. Puzzle and strategy games work amazingly well for me when it comes to anxiety distraction. My personal favourites are Cats Are Cute, Frozen Free Fall, and 2048. Just make sure your phone is charged enough or that you keep a power bank in your bag if you’re out and about!

A Hair Tie

I don’t like the feeling of my hair in my face if I feel sick – I assume because of the fear of it getting in the way if I actually did throw up. Which is why I always try and keep a hair tie in my bag or within close reach. Sometimes just simply putting my hair up and out of my face is a good start at calming me down.


This is a given. Medication plays a huge part in my essentials for anxiety. I take an SSRI every day to fight my OCD and anxiety, something which I will hopefully come off of or at least decrease in the future. Recently my stomach issues have started to resurface, so I now take medication for IBS too, with the idea that treating it will help break the cycle between that and the anxiety. I also keep a box of Imodium in my bag too, for the times when the IBS medication doesn’t quite work.

Good TV

I mentioned in an earlier post about the importance of some good self care TV, but again it can also work wonders in terms of anxiety distraction. I have a pretty big collection of boxsets that I can pick out when I’m at home, and I’ve also got Netflix installed on my phone for when I’m away. It’s amazing how simply zoning out for the duration of a 20 minute sitcom episode can really calm you down.

Distraction Techniques

So while this isn’t a physical thing in my anxiety attack survival kit, some good distraction techniques should definitely be included, because when done properly, they do actually work. I’m going to share two of my favourites: one I think is quite a well known one, the other is one I’ve made up myself.

  1. Take a deep breath, and try to name 5 things you can see, 4 things you can feel, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, and 1 thing you can taste. I read about this on an anxiety forum I was part of and found it really helped the next time I had a panic attack.
  2. This is slightly more quirky – I list Taylor Swift songs for every letter of the alphabet. A is All Too Well, B is Bad Blood, C is Call It What You Want etc. There’s one or two letters that don’t have a song but generally, going through my Tay-Tay alphabet is enough to distract me and calm me down from a panic attack. You don’t have to even list Taylor Swift songs – you can do it with another artist, your favourite TV shows, your favourite movies, whatever works for you.

What essentials are in your anxiety survival kit? Do you have any failsafe anxiety essentials you can’t live without? Let me know!

15 thoughts on “Anxiety Essentials I Can’t Live Without”

  1. Great toolkit! Mine is similar.

    I keep gum, a notebook (or hipster PDA, apparently 😂), ginger candies, anxiety medication (l-theanine helps for mild anxiety but I’m out), and on my phone I have Bejeweled, Diamond Strike, and Two Dots. Puzzle games are great short term, but I sometimes keep playing them for a long time as an avoidance tactic and end up stressed more. I keep short stories, audiobooks, and funny YouTube videos on there as well.


    1. I’ve heard a lot about ginger candies helping with nausea I definitely need to get some! I’m the same with the puzzle games too, I often end up on them for too long even after the anxiety passed! X

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  2. Have you ever used a weighted blanket? I hear they are excellent for anxiety, but I have yet to make the investment into one!
    This post almost mirrors exactly what I use to manage anxiety, except without the mints.

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    1. I haven’t – to be honest I’ve not even heard of them! I’m going to do a little research now, it definitely sounds like something that would work for me! x


  3. This almost mirrors what I do to manage my anxiety, including the ABC technique. Although I don’t use Taylor Swift songs! On my phone I used Happy Colour and Pokémon Go, the latter is great when I’m outside and there’s too many people, which is one of my triggers.

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    1. Haha I’ve tried it with a few other things too like trying to name certain episodes of my favourite TV show but the Taylor Swift thing always seems to work best for me! I’ve never heard of Happy Colour – is it a mindfulness colouring thing? I love how they’ve brought out so many of these apps to help with anxiety. Thank you for reading 😊 x


  4. I’m with you on the hair tie idea. Ironic really considering I have very little hair to speak of, but I always keep one of my partner’s hair ties around my wrist so that if I start to panic or feel anxiety creeping in I can ping it against my skin. I find that the slight stinging feeling helps me to shift my focus away from what is causing me to feel anxious in the first place.

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    1. I get that – I’ve heard of ‘thought stopping’ being quite an effective technique with anxiety! I’ve tried it before but as awful as it sounds I often forget it’s there for me to ping! I’m glad it works for you though 🙂 Thank you for reading!


  5. I keep some anxiety medication in my bag which I have taken in ages but I like knowing that it is there in case of an emergency. I have also found that going on a run helps me shift my focus.
    I enjoy watching youtube videos as well to change my thoughts.
    Great post! Makes me think I should have a list of activities written out and ready for when I’m feeling anxious. Sometimes, it’s like my brain forgets all the helpful things when I’m not doing ok.

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    1. I know exactly what you mean, throughout various therapy forms I was taught different techniques but it’s so hard to remember them when you’re in a bad way! I used to run and I found it so helpful, I really need to get back into it! Thank you for reading 🙂 xx


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