10 Things To Do When Feeling Anxious
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
|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”