Written By: The Green Crunchy Mother
Disclaimer: If none of these strategies are working for you, and you are not feeling any better, please consult with a medical professional. If you are feeling suicidal and can no longer cope, call your emergency hot line in your city or present yourself to an Emergency Room.
I have a confession to make. I can get very anxious at times. I have lived with this for as long as I can remember. Anxiety can make you feel nervous and shaky. Some days, I feel no one truly comprehends my struggles with anxiety. I have been told by many people that I hide this very well. Over the years, I have used many different methods to help ease my anxious mind with success.
What Is Anxiety?
According to Psychology Today, anxiety is defined as:
“Anxiety, or extreme apprehension and worry, is a normal reaction to stressful situations. But in some cases, it becomes excessive and can cause sufferers to dread everyday situations”.
I understand first hand how exhausting and mentally drained one can get when the mind is racing with scary “what if” scenarios. When anxious, we can easily find ourselves feeling overwhelmed and see no relief in the near future. Struggles with mental health is a serious issue that needs to be taken seriously.
Have you ever tried to continue your chores, meet the demands of your job, or meeting up with a friend while feeling anxious? If you have tried, you probably know first hand how difficult this is because anxiety is a very real condition.
So what can you do? After doing some research, and using my own strategies that I implement in my own life, I discovered success using some of these self-care strategies. This post will tell you what you need to know to make sure that you fit in some self-care while feeling anxious.
What Is Self -Care?
According to Fort Gary’s Woman’s Resource Center , self-care is defined as:
“Self-care is care provided “for you, by you.” It’s about identifying your own needs and taking steps to meet them. It is taking the time to do some of the activities that nurture you. Self-care is about taking proper care of yourself and treating yourself as kindly as you treat others”.
From personal experience, if we don’t take the time to “refuel” ourselves, it can feel like we are “running on empty”.
So what can you do? The next section will explore this.
Examples Of Self Care Activities That I can Start Today
Keep a Journal– Journaling is a healthy way of staying motivated and keeping track of your progress. A journal is a safe way to express yourself and write about your day. You could write about what you are grateful for, and not so grateful. You can purchase a pretty journal and some pens at any dollar store. Writing down what is making you feel anxious can validate these emotions.
Exercise- You are probably thinking, how can I possibly exercise when feeling anxious? You can do some jumping jacks, ride your bike, go for a walk, or jump rope. For me, taking time to exercise almost every day is my best form of self-care. Have you heard of the saying, “You’re only one workout away from a good mood”? Another one of my favorites when I can’t leave the house for a jog is “running in place”. I also keep a set of weights and kettle balls in the house. Chose a form of exercise that you will enjoy and stick with. You will see the many benefits of feeling re-centered and more relaxed.
Confide In Someone That You Trust- Talk openly with a friend or a family member that you can trust. Sometimes just being heard can make all the difference.
Stay Hydrated- Don’t forget to drink that water. I like to add strawberries or cucumbers to boost the flavor. You can purchase yourself an eco-friendly water bottle as well.
Use your Creativity- Adult coloring books have become very trendy. Art therapy has many health benefits. It has helped many relax and feel less anxious.
Get Yourself Outdoors- A study conducted in 2010 by Environmental Health and Preventative Medicine discovered that spending time in nature can lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, lowers blood pressure, and lowers pulse rate.
Read- I love getting lost in a good book or magazine. It helps “take me away” and temporarily takes my mind off the day to day matters.
Get Enough Sleep- If at all possible, don’t cheat yourself out on sleep. It’s one of the most important things that you can do for yourself. A well-rested body and mind will make your day feel less challenging and overwhelming. Sneak in a nap during the day if you can.
It’s Ok to Say No- It’s ok to set limits and say no if someone is asking you for a favor. This is all part of the self-care plan. Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize!
Listen to Music- Listening to music can be very therapeutic. Scientists have discovered that music can have mood-boosting effects. Music playing in the background often helps me feel more grounded and calm.
An anxious mind can feel very challanging at the time. It will test you, and even take you to some of your darkest moments.Now that you have some excellent strategies for caring for yourself while anxious, you’re ready to start feeling your best. Get started today!
What form of self-care are you using now in your life to decrease anxiety? What is working? What is not working?
Disclaimer: If none of these strategies are working for you,
and you are not feeling any better, please consult with a medical
professional. If you are feeling suicidal and can no longer cope, call
your emergency hot line in your city or present yourself to an Emergency