I suffer from pretty bad anxiety. One of the things that can really help is strong breathing. You try to relax yourself as best you can, and you take a big breath innnnnnn then blow it out as much as you can. Then innnnnnnnn, and out. Keep doing it and you will actually start to feel your body relaxing.
Dogs are definitely relaxing! My dog is my lifeline, she goes with me EVERYWHERE. I go to group therapy once a week and she comes with me and she is there for everyone's "use". She will go to someone when they cry and comfort them, its really amazing to watch.
"With gentle hands and the heart of a fighter, I am a survivor!" - Reba McEntire