I have struggled managing my anxiety for a long time and everyday anxiety, adds to that overall issue! Check out some tips and tricks that have helped me manage it more effectively!
As many of you know, I am a huge mental health advocate because of my personal experiences with anxiety and depression. Though I now have it under control, without the help of medicine, I still experience day to day anxiety. So this blog is going to help those who experience anxiety, become more present in the moment.
Use Your Senses.
What do you see?
What do you taste?
What do you smell?
What do you hear?
What do you feel?
Using your senses will help you become present and in the moment. Point out at least 3-5 of each of your senses and It will take you out of your head and give you some instant relief to realize that you’re back in reality. It’s about FOCUS!
Check what you are indulging or over indulging in.
Are you on social media a lot?
We have been constantly seeing very emotional stories on our social media platforms. From George Floyd to Breonna Taylor to COVID Related information. It’s all exhausting.
“Sometimes, we don’t realize that the people we are around are constantly saying something negative. The more you hear it, the more you unconsciously start thinking and feeling negative. ”
Set social media limits on your phone in Screen Time (iPhones) or set an alarm for yourself to monitor your social media intake.
Surrounding yourself with positivity.
Sometimes, we don’t realize that the people we are around are constantly saying something negative. The more you hear it, the more you unconsciously start thinking and feeling negative.
Try peacefully leaving the conversation or from around that conversation. I believe energies transfer; what you are around you tend to become. Surround yourself by positivity.
It’s okay to go to therapy.
Are you pass the point of self soothing?
Therapy does not mean you are “crazy” or less than. Get that out of your head. Therapy allows a professional to give you the proper steps in controlling your anxiety. The best step you will ever make is taking the step to seek professional help.
Make an Appointment.
Research therapists in your area. See if your job offers EAP (Employee Assistance Programs) that support mental health. They sometimes offer you free sessions.
Talk to your support system
Let them know what you are going through. Let them know what YOU NEED in order to not feel anxious and how they could be affecting you.
Don't Suffer in Silence.
Though they may not understand. Still getting it out and going to someone you know who will listen to you helps.
I have personally gone through this journey and these steps have helped me manage my mental health. I hope these can work for you too! Share (only if you are comfortable) what keeps you at peace if you struggle with your anxiety!