5 Ways I Cope with My Anxiety
For as long an I can remember I’ve always been a worry wart. I worry about small things, big things, insignificant things, important things and every other thing. I never thought anything of this and didn’t ever know what “anxiety” really meant until I had my first panic attack. Even though it was a horrific experience, my panic attack forced me to change my life for the better and I’ve never been happier. I sought out help to understand what was going on with me and now I have the tools to control my anxiety the natural way.
Exercise is the number one thing that helps with my anxiety because it allows me to mentally push myself and focus on being in my body. I love workouts that are challenging such as Soul Cycle, boxing, TRX, pilates, running and yoga. I always try to exercise in the mornings before work because it sets me up for a successful day.
Every day I write down my dreams, my thoughts and things that I’m grateful for. Writing my thoughts on paper helps me reflect and understand where I’m at in that moment. Whenever I’m having negative thoughts I like to write them repeatedly on paper until they lose their power over me. The brain eventually gets bored of what you’re writing constantly and moves onto other things.
At first I had no clue how to meditate, but everyone told me how beneficial it was for anxiety. I finally downloaded the ‘Headspace’ app and googled guided meditations so I could understand what I was supposed to do. Once I figured out that mediation is all about letting your thoughts pass rather than turning off your thinking it helped me immensely. My favourite thing to do is light some candles, play relaxing music, sit in silence and focus on my breath.
I cannot stress this enough! Anxiety is scary and it all stems from fear. Laughter and being happy is the opposite of anxiety and if you can do this at least once each day then you will feel so much lighter. I try to surround myself with people that love me and make me laugh as often as possible because it reminds me that everything is going to be okay. Also, watching comedies on TV helps a ton!
5) ‘Me’ Time
You don’t have to go out every single weekend. You don’t always have to RSVP ‘yes’ to each invite you get. The older I get, the more I realize how important it is to have time alone to decompress. You must find a healthy balance between your social life, work and personal time or else you will feel overwhelmed. If I have plans on Saturday and Sunday then I make sure to stay home on Friday and watch a movie. It’s all about finding things that help you relax and knowing that you will be okay on your own.
We will all deal with anxiety at some point in our lives, but it doesn’t have to be scary. Now that I have the tools to control my anxious thoughts, I feel so much calmer and at peace. All of these tactics have not only controlled my anxiety, but they’ve shown me how beautiful it is to love and trust yourself.