Monday, 2 March 2015

LIFESTYLE | 10 Things To Do When Feeling Anxious

10 things to do when feeling anxious

10 Things To Do When Feeling Anxious


Hello lovelies!

It's March! The best month of the year... not biased at all or anything :) I would like to begin by apologising for my quiet blog recently, life has just been a little bit hectic lately and whenever I have had a spot of free time I have tried to have some time to myself to relax!

For this post I have decided to write a mini little list of things I like to do whenever I am feeling particularly anxious! As a natural worrier in life, these things really help me stay calm and generally keep me going strong in everyday life.

If you are a worrier about things, you will understand that someone telling you to 'just stop worrying' doesn't really work, if anything it maybe makes you feel worse. Even if you say it to yourself, and it is something that you want SO BADLY to stop, which I do and it doesn't - our mind just doesn't work like that. So sit back, relax, and take a read at a few of the things I like to do in these poopy times!

Nap

I find a 20 minute nap is an excellent way to give your mind and body a little refresher. After a little nap I feel replenished and often my attitude is a lot more positive. I like to think the reason behind this is because it has given my little brain a little break from the constant worrisome thought processes. Although...I admit my naps recently have turned into about 2 hours, but more from utter exhaustion.  

10 things to do when feeling anxious

Read

I find reading something really really helps! Whether it is a few blog posts, a magazine or a book I find that these help with anxious thoughts because they provide a distraction. There are times when my thoughts are a little too much, causing a lack of concentration and I am unable to get to grips with the plot. But the other times, reading is excellent! I love the escapism it gives, especially if I really love and get into the characters - I feel I am apart of the little book world! 

Watch Netflix

This works very similarly to reading, with the escapism aspect. There is nothing better than cosying up with your favourite programme, in your pyjamas, in bed, with a hot drink of your choice! This instantly makes me feel better. I feel I watch Netflix maybe a bit too much - but hey, I like getting my moneys worth! 

Rescue Remedy

I'm not going to talk too much about this one since I have written an entire post on this, which you can find here! but this stuff is really great at supporting potentially stressful times. As I said in this post, I feel it acts as a placebo - which, if anything helps at all, even just a little bit, I think it is awesome.

Yoga

This a recent activity of mine. I like doing this in the evening, when I am almost about to go to sleep. I find that this has made me sleep deeper, with less disturbances in the night. Fabulous! I set my mat up (in my tiny box room), light a beautiful Yankee snowflake cookie candle and play Yoga with Adriene on youtube, she is incredible! She has an excellent approach to each of the sessions, and she totally understands for a lot of people, that it is potentially the first time they have done yoga. I admit, I am the least flexible / bendy person in the world, but I am giving it a good go! I also find going for a run is always a good way to relieve stress and anxious thoughts also, I am just waiting for the weather to get a little nicer! I WILL run 5K this year.

Write A Blog Post 

This tip only really works if you are a blogger, but essentially writing my thoughts down often helps me out. So you could write a diary or something instead! Writing them down kind of feels like a little release to me, they were in my mind, but now they are out there in the world. I use this as a visual too of them actually leaving my mind. I always feel a hundred percent better and relieved! Recently I wrote this post and I instantly felt better, even if it didn't make total sense. Plus all your lovely comments, as usual really help and support me! As I like to always say, whatever is going on in your life, you are not alone - the blogging community really helps to drum this into my mind. (This post is helping me too actually!)

Talk To A Friend

A little girly giggle and gossip with my best friend always makes me feel better. Whether it is just over the phone, or a meet up at lunch or dinner. Friends are there for you when you feel rubbish, and likewise - you are there for them when they feel rubbish. 

Liz Earle MooGoo

Have A Pamper Session

Everybody loves a good pamper session! I like to pop on Spotify and have a good experiment with my make up...  because who doesn't. Then I like to run a bath and select a few products with my Lush collection. I am particularly loving the Karma bubble bars at the moment. I like to read in the bath - but only if I have an actual book book, not the kindle app on my iPad - it would totally fall in the bath! Karma... (haha I just laughed to myself then sorry) I then give my face a really good clean and moisturise - I am LOVING the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish as well as my Moo Goo Moisturisers* Then I like to paint my nails - I take AGES to decide on the colour though! Why must this decision be so hard?! This little routine really makes me feel happy, and gives me a chance to relax, give myself a little TLC and reflect on myself. 

10 things to do when feeling anxious

Treat Yourself 

So... who is guilty of a little retail therapy when they are feeling a little poopy? I totally am, but I feel life is definitely too short. If you want that lipstick? You buy that lipstick. A few of my recent purchases are above!

Having A Routine and Keeping Busy

I like structure. One thing I have found that is really really incredible since being on placement and having a full time job, is that it gets you into a routine. You are forced to get out of bed - which is a push that I really need some days, particularly last year when I was at my darkest days! On an average day I get home about 6, and then have a shower and dinner, and then I pretty much do some of the above! I like to keep myself busy, and working definitely helps - the minute I have time to myself is when that thinking monster arrives..... this is often why I find it hard to sleep! 

10 things to do when feeling anxious
Photo taken of my delicious cake, by the lovely Sophie <3 

Also... a little extra, CAKE. What isn't solved by eating cake?

These are just a few of the things I like to do when I am feeling anxious! I hope you enjoyed reading these - I also hope they help you out. Please leave a comment below if there are any things you do when you are feeling anxious - I would like to add them to my life! 

Finally - A little quote I have been loving recently: "Don't worry about things that MIGHT happen, concentrate on the things that ARE happening"

Kayleigh xoxo





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33 comments

  1. Such great tips!!
    That cake looks delicious!

    Renee
    www.losetheroad.blogspot.ca

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  2. When I feel anxious, I always watch a couple of episodes of something on Netflix, it just helps me to forget what I was worried about and when it's over I just carry on. Great tips xx

    Abi | abistreetx.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. Great post! I am SUCH a worrier! Netflix definitely helps... I was in such a panicky state last night and all it took to calm me down was a hot shower, clean pyjamas and an episode or two of Gossip Girl!
    Thanks for the tips! :)

    - Laurel xxx
    www.alittlepieceofdriftwood.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. I also love to go for a run, I've totally shirked off during winter but now that spring is here I'll be back out pounding the pavements! I listen to Audio books while I run, as otherwise I'd spend the whole run thinking about things and that's not good! I also like playing with my ATS when I'm worrying, they're such a pair of goofs that I can't fail to start laughing x
    www.lovedbylaura.com

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  5. Haha *cats* not ATS - damn you predictive text!!

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  6. I used to be quite anxious and still can be with certain things... but I have noticed since I started taking up regular exercise it's improved a lot! and like ^ Laura I also love playing with my cat haha :) it's very relaxing coming home from College to a furry friend to snuggle up with x

    www.sheintheknow.co.uk

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  7. This was a fantastic read, I really enjoyed it! It also comes handy, especially now that I've been a little anxious for several weeks. Thanks for sharing! xx

    http://alemint.blogspot.com/

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  8. Few things in this world aren't solved by cake :) I love having a spa night when I feel really anxious. Taking a bubble bath and an avocado face mask are my favorite!

    Amanda | teatimetails.com

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  9. I always love finding little things to do to keep my mind occupied when I'm feeling anxious. I totally agree it's all about keeping busy! For me I can't nap though, it seems to make me worse as I'm over thinking and end up waking up having everything on my mind. Talking to my friends always seems to cheer me up x

    Amanda / Amanda's Escape

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  11. I love this! I suffer with anxiety and find a lot of these tips work. Why can't people realise that saying "calm down" actually makes you worse? Haha xx

    www.charldee.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. Such lovely tips :)
    Escapism is definitely #1 for me. Distracting myself is essential else I just dwell on everything and my thoughts go crazy.
    Laura | elelibee

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  13. Cake solves everything right?! ;)
    Totally agree with all of these though, naps, reading, pamper sessions love doing all of these. When Im really anxious I like to write lists and get everything out of my head onto paper.

    Emma x
    Writing Essays With Wine

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  14. A lot of my friends who have bad anxiety have started doing yoga and they say it helps more than medication!

    COOCOO FOR COCO

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  15. I had tried out the "Write a blog post" tip.. Check out the Theory of Missing Someone.. A blog post I had written when I was really down, missing my love!

    Nice compilation! 😊
    @Fabulus1710
    http://fabulus1710.blogspot.in/2015/02/the-theory-of-missing-someone.html?m=1
    Thanks! 😇

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    Hannah xx

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  17. Great tios, thanks for sharing.
    x,Abril
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  18. This is such a helpful read! Great post <3

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  19. Oooh my favourite options were definitely reading aaaand NAPPING! I feel like a lot of online personalities struggle with anxiety :( This was an awesome read

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  20. I love the idea of reading a book, especially a chick-lit written in the first person because you are letting the characters thoughts into your head rather than your own. The yoga before bed is a lovely calming idea as well :o)

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  21. I just stumbled across your blog and it's absolutely adorable! When I'm sad I'm always watch Modern Family on Netflicks - also the cake tip ftw; I was upset earlier and devoured half a victoria sponge, no.regrets. haha
    x

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  22. Really nice ideas, I'm putting the nap & blogging into use right now. Anxious and far too stressed out at the moment, not the best combination!

    Sam, SPRKSAM

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  23. these are lovely tips! i think trying to relax as much as you can really helps anxiety

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  24. Love your blog so much! This post was so lovely! Just followed you on Bloglovin too! :)

    Karis,
    karisatkinson.blogspot.co.uk

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  25. You don't even know how much this post has helped and inspired me.
    Thank you so much for sharing this <3

    Mel x | perksofbeingme

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  26. This is such a great post, really inspiring thank you so much for sharing.

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  27. love this post! Lots of great tips! I like to maybe write a blog post,interact on twitter,have a wee nap or maybe treat myself if possible to something nice! Thanks for sharing your lovely suggestions honey xx

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  28. Lots of great tips! I think taking a beauty nap is very important for our bodies and mind. I try to take naps on the weekends, when I'm not working. It feels amazing. Pampering yourself, should be a ritual. You have to have "Me Beauty Time". And the best part is, you don't have to spend money to go to the spa/salon. I'm also a person who likes structure. Being organized plays a very important part in my life.

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  29. Love your list ! I needed this help especially since I've been feeling reallyyyyy down this wknd. You should check out mines Ohboylola.blogspot.com :)

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  30. Lovely post! I really enjoyed reading it! I'm feeling really anxious these days and reading/writing about things like this really helps me feel better, thank you for writing this amazing post and keep it up! :) xx
    http://emmxx.blogspot.com/

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  32. Yoga and pampering are my absolute faves to kick my anxiety to the curb. Thank you for sharing these great tips!

    Vanda x

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