I suffer from general anxiety everyday of my life. It can attack at anytime during the day, whether it’s on a train filled to the brim with meat suits or simply that quiet moment I have right before I fall asleep.This usually leads to depression, insomnia, tension headaches, mood swings, difficulty breathing, the occasional dizziness and a low self-esteem.
Stop saying you suffer from anxiety- My aunt makes it her duty to remind me that WORDS HAVE MOLDING POWER. Yes, you have anxiety but reminding yourself of it everyday and using it as an excuse every time it keeps you from enjoying yourself only restricts you to a box you created.
Music Therapy- This a remedy I have for my mild mood swings. In life many people have routines, but there are always minor obscurities that makes your routine slightly different from the last. This can usually change the entire mood of my day, to the point I may not want to leave the house. Therefore, I have playlists of different music that I would listen to depending on my mood. For example, I have a rain sounds playlist for my insomnia.
Taking breaks and Changing Perspectives– Whether it’s a break from work or the people you’re around, it’s important to take some time away to catch up with yourself.I think introverts can understand when I say that social interaction can be exhausting.Take some time to have mini adventures. When your horizons are broadened some of the problems you face can seem minuscule.You never know, you might even find the solution.
Speaking to someone– You should always have some sort of support system or someone who you can have a deep conversation with.They can give you insight on your worries and advice. Also, make sure to have the right people around you. The people who are positive influences and who inspire your aspirations.Consider it a cleanse.
Meditation- It is very difficult to clear your mind, especially when you lead a busy life. However, it is important to have a few minutes of the day to retreat to quiet place, or a spot in your house that makes you very comfortable. For me it’s the bathroom for some weird reason. Just take some time to breath, relax your body and collect your thoughts.
Exercising- Exercising is known to relieve stress. Exercising doesn’t necessarily mean going to the gym. You can find a way to incorporate in your life through your love for dance, sports or simply walking more.
Watching What You Eat- I must admit that I have a serious addiction to junk food, especially candy. However, the high levels of concentrated fructose and artificial sweeteners takes a toll on your body. It may give you momentary energy, but if you realize you suddenly feel cranky ,irritated and exhausted, that ‘s the crash that comes after the high.
Aroma Therapy- In high school I often bought scented candles right before presentations to help put me in a calmer state.
Admitting that Shit Happens- Not everything is with in our control. Sometimes our own bodies may not be within our control and that can lead to anxiety. You’re not a perfect specimen and life happens. It’s ok to let it run it’s course, because sometimes it more important to focus on how you can change the short comings to make it work for you rather than focusing on the negativity that comes with it.
“You can choose to be happy”- Mom