I think we've established that everyone should practice self care, right? But I want to take it a step further and talk about self care when you are feeling anxious. The more and more I talk about my own journey with anxiety, the more I hear how others can relate. I already knew that so many people struggle from anxiety but it always amazes me when people reach out and share their stories. That is maybe one of the greatest blessings from starting this blog. So many people, whether that be people I know or others who I've never met, have reached out to tell me they feel this way too. So thank you! It feels like I'm adding new members to this club all the time.
So today I thought I would share three ways I practice self care in moments of anxiety. They are all very in the moment answers to help alleviate anxious thoughts. In the future, I am going to share more long term solutions to help calm your anxiety- so stay tuned!
It's been a few months since I started a gratitude journal and I've gotta say, I think it has helped my anxiety tremendously. I've been trying to write in it a few times a week and it really forces me to focus on positive, in the moment things. So much of anxiety is worrying about either the past or future, so it is important to focus on the right now. If I've had a bad day or there is something happening in my life that is causing me to feel anxious, I use this journal to remind myself of the good and focus on that. Or if something is weighing me down, I use this outlet to write down actions I can take to help reduce my anxiety. If you haven't started a gratitude journal, I highly suggest it. Seriously, what are you waiting for?
LET YOUR MIND RELAX
Sounds pretty straight forward right? But for people with anxiety it can be hard to do this. I can especially struggle with this because in moments where I am overthinking, I simply want a distraction. I want to be as busy as possible so I don't have to focus on what is really bothering me. But this is something I've had to learn and it's something that is becoming easier. It's okay to just relax and I'm trying to do more of this in anxious situations. Lately for me, a lot of my anxious thoughts revolve around my health. I'm learning to block out the noise in my head and let myself completely unwind. My two favorite ways to do this is either watch a murder doc or take a bath. Pretty different but both effective.
This is a new one for me. I've always loved the mediation aspect of yoga but I've never personally done it on its own. Since I am clearly a beginner, I'm using the app headspace to help guide me. It's only been a few days but so far I am already noticing a difference. You can personalize your feed based on what area you want to focus on -for me it's clearly anxiety- but there are also guided meditations related to health, productivity, and even some for kids. I am trying to do this every night before I go sleep, which helps quiet my mind and relax me. But I am also planning on using this whenever I feel the need to calm my mind in that moment.
Let me know how you are practicing self care in the comments. Happy self care Sunday!