Anxiety affects almost every single one of us and according to the NHS, everyone will suffer from it at some point in their lives.

Everyone is different, and so are their symptoms. Whether you get overly nervous, feel dizzy, suffer from chest pains, or even can't sleep at night, anxiety can affect us all in very different ways.

However, a lot of the time, different types of anxiety can be calmed by very specific things, such as exercise or meditation. Of course, this obviously depends very much on the person and what works best for them.

For me personally, taking my mind off of things for even a few minutes can really help me feel less panicked and lost. For example, playing with my hair and having a little lie down can work wonders, and soon I'm feeling a lot better. I think fiddling with something (like my hair) also helps to calm, and so that's why this week I'm bringing you this Lavender Anti-Anxiety Putty, which you can all make at home.

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Much like a stress ball, the putty acts as something to fiddle with and squeeze, encouraging you to let out all the anxieties, while the lavender scent is a soothing added bonus to help calm your senses and aid relaxation.

Read on below to find out how you can make your own putty at home, and I hope it works for you!

You'll need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 3 Tbsp cream of tartar
  • 1 Tbsp oil (I used castor oil)
  • 1/2 cup boiling water 5 drops of purple food colouring
  • 10-20 drops of lavender essential oil
  • Glitter (optional)

Step One:

Mix together all the dry ingredients, apart from the glitter, in a bowl. Then add the oil and stir, once combined, add the boiling water and mix again.

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Step Two:

Now your mixture should be a putty style consistency, if not, add more water or flour, depending on the problem, to reach the desired consistency. Being careful not to scold yourself on the hot water, add a few drops of your lavender oil and a few sprinkles of glitter, and again mix or knead these into the putty.

Credit: Rachel Gascoigne

Once all is combined, leave the putty to cool for a few minutes, then set it aside for when anxiety strikes.

Written by Rachel Gascoigne

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