Anxiety has been a prevalent force in my life for the past few years. I think it’s a relevant topic to so many people in this day and age because of the way we live. The world has become wrapped up in a social media bubble. While there are innumerable benefits to this digital age, there are just as many downfalls. It’s so easy to become trapped in a cycle of scrolling through other people’s lives. We can judge and/or become jealous of friends or people we barely know rather than focusing on our own goals and relationships.
Since I admitted to myself that anxiety is a problematic part of my life, I’ve been able to take more steps to overcome it. I still struggle, but I’m seeing more clarity now than I have in years.
Here are some of my simple tips that I utilize weekly for overcoming anxiety:
- Write it out.
Keep a journal. When you feel a burst of anxiety coming on, write down how you’re feeling. Sometimes this even helps me get to the bottom of WHY I’m feeling this way, and I can do more to overcome the anxiety before it takes over completely. Writing helps me in many ways, but when I first started writing, it was because it was pretty much the only thing that gave me clarity.
- Talk to someone you love.
Chances are, that person’s probably experienced similar things. And if not, at least they can still listen to you. I often get myself worked up into spinning circles of self-doubt, and just talking it out with someone is a great relief. Or if you feel too weak to do that, just sit with someone. Make some tea, watch a movie, etc. Having someone else’s energy around you can be helpful.
- Eat healthy.
Food is energy, and this has become a HUGE part of my life in the past year. Sure, I break down sometimes and eat way too much pizza, but that’s ok. I’ve changed my day-to-day eating habits so much, and I can really the feel the change from cutting out most processed crap and putting whole, fresh foods into my body. If you’re going through a major bout with anxiety and making this change sounds scary, just start with something simple. Eat an apple with some peanut butter instead of grabbing a slice of cold pizza from the fridge. It will help give you the energy you need to get through this.
- Utilize natural medicines.
I am a forager, and I create some of my own tinctures and medicines from what I find in the wild. Since starting this practice, I haven’t been sick and my immune system is kicking ass. However, that does take a lot of time. If you don’t want to go that far, find companies you can trust with natural products. Research essential oils and different kinds of vitamins that you think could strengthen your body and mind. Maybe even visit a doctor to see what kind of supplements he or she recommends for your health. When I’m feeling down, I’ll just put a bit of tea tree oil behind my ears, and the smell perks me up. It might be a placebo effect, or it might be the real thing. Regardless, it works!
- Do something with your hands.
It seems like the easiest thing to do is sit and watch the same TV show you’ve watched 4 times and wallow in your thoughts. Unfortunately though, that’s not going to help. Pick up your guitar, your pen, your knitting needles, your arts and crafts bin – whatever it takes. Get your hands busy first, and hopefully your mind will drift in another direction.
- Stop scrolling.
Take an hour or a day or a week or a month to end the mindless scrolling. Stop looking at other people’s lives, and focus on what you can do with your own. I recently made myself stop scrolling through social media for 2 weeks, and it’s amazing what it did for my mind and my anxiety. I stopped being overtaken with self-doubt and started using my time to learn and get creative.
- Get clean.
After having a day down in the dumps, I almost feel dirty – like my anxiety has created some sort of film over my whole body that won’t go away until I bathe. Take a shower or bath, and treat yourself. Use your expensive bubble bath concoctions and your best smelling body wash and shampoo. I rarely shave, but when I’ve had a hard day with anxiety or depression, I’ll shave my legs too. I don’t know why, but it helps me feel like I can start fresh.
You’ve got this! I hope these tips help someone out there.
Also, I’d like to thank the Discovering Your Happiness blog for bringing this topic to my mind and inspiring me to write this post. Go check out her recent post about the struggle of anxiety and what it can mean to many people.
Thanks for reading! ❤