So, as much as I love beauty posts, sometimes I like to write the odd lifestyle post here and there. Generalized Anxiety is something Ive suffered with for about 2 years, and its common for lots of others to have it – so thought id share my ways of coping.
Side note – all these tips were given to me by my therapist who is a qualified proffessional. However anxiety affects people differently so some of these may not work for you.
Lets get started.
1 – Drink less caffeine. Okay so I know this sounds obvious but it really does make a difference. I can’t even begin to explain the amount of times where I’ve been like ” Oh I feel anxious right now. I wonder why that is. Oh yeah… I drank 6 cups of tea today.” I won’t lie, I’m still guilty of doing this on the odd occasion but have cut down lots, so its a work in progress.
2 – Be productive. I know its hard and some times you physically cant move from your bed, and thats okay. However, the second you come out of that, write a list. Try and complete small easy tasks you can do now, and make a mini action plan for things that cant be done straight away. That way my mind can rest as ive actually tried to help myself.
3. Breathe. When im in the middle of it i breathe in slowly for 4 seconds, hold it for 4 seconds, then breathe out for 4 seconds. Breathing this way helps the body to sooth itself slowly, so is an easy way to calm down in the moment.
4 Write down the most likely and unlikely thing to happen, with reasoning. I found this was a gòod way to re-train my brain into logical thinking during anxious times, as anxiety really has no logic. Ive found it doesnt take the anxiety away completely but does take the edge off it, but again, this one may work differently (or not at all) for you and thats okay.
5 – Try to always surround yourself with positive people. Since cutting out judgemental people from my life and becoming closer to good, genuine people who actually care – ive felt a lot happier. Hanging around with people who drain you can be exhausting, and for a while I had to learn that being in my own company but feeling okay, was better than being surrounded by loads of people who didnt care for me at all – as you cant always be with your friends 100% of the time.
6 – Finally; if all else fails and you do find yourself having a panic attack, remember that (most of the time) they physically cant last longer than 20 minutes. So hang in there, breathe, and be gentle and kind to yourself in that moment. Thats all you can really do in that moment.
I hope these were helpful to some of you. Big hugs x