All of the excitement, along with the constant hustle and bustle, makes big cities very attractive to many people. But, all of that commotion can also cause anxiety for a lot of people. Here are a few ways to relieve some of the anxiety caused by big cities.
This one actually causes anxiety in almost everyone. When you’re stuck in traffic in the city, there usually isn’t any way out. You just have to wait. And, as everyone’s impatience grows, the honking starts. A simple drive to work or the corner market can become a stressful event.
Think about ways to avoid the anxiety caused by driving in the heavy traffic.
- Pick a different, less crowded, time to drive if possible.
- Use public transportation where you can sit back and relax with headphones or a good book.
- Drive a different route. Even if it takes a little longer, avoiding heavy traffic will make the drive much less anxious.
So Many People
The crowds of people can be overwhelming. It’s not at all uncommon to see bodies walking, almost shoulder-to-shoulder, on the sidewalks at certain times of day. And, if you are visiting or live in a big city, at some point you’ll find yourself on those sidewalks.
Some people just need their personal space. Call it their bubble, if you will. It can only be shared for so long.
If the crowds of people make you anxious, look for ways to break up the walk. Maybe duck into a shop or other building for a breather, or take a short break on a bench. If you’re lucky enough to have a park, it’s an ideal diversion.
Moving yourself away from the crowd give you a chance to re-energize. All it takes is a few moments, and you’re ready to dive into the throng again.
It’s often the best way to get around in a bustling metropolitan area. But, understanding the schedules and routes will cause some anxiety in most people. Don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions. You could even have a friend walk you through the process to make it less stressful.
Find an Outlet
Whether you like to read, exercise, jog, or are involved in some other activity, having an outlet is a great way to ease your everyday anxiety and prepare you for the next day. Always schedule time for you.