Anxiety is a subject that I don’t talk about regularly on my blog, I think I’ve done one post in my entire 3 years of blogging. In all honesty I find it difficult to explain how I’m feeling to others because the things that I talk about are properly the tip of the iceberg, below the surface there’s a whole brain filled of paranoia and worry. The past few weeks have been a bit of a test in terms of my life and anxiety, so I thought I’d open up and write a little post about how I’m attempting to overcome my anxiety and stop it from missing out on amazing opportunities! My first and only post about anxiety resulted in so many young girls, old friends and strangers messaging me thanking me for writing that post, so the prospect of this potentially helping someone truly is heart warming!
I’ve suffered with anxiety since I was 12, it’s not something that I talk about to my friends or family until the recent years when I got some help and began making some positive changes to my life, if you want to know the whole story, its all explained in ‘My Anxiety Story’. Over the past few weeks I’ve began to settle in the vicious cycle, of anxiety, panic attack, anxiety, panic attack etc etc, which has resulted in me not talking to people, not really going anywhere and just generally not attended or done things due to feeling anxious – Which then results in me regretting the things I didn’t do!
Any mental illness has the ability to basically put your life at a halt, which is something that I really hate! I think it’s only been recently were mental illness has been deemed ‘okay’ to talk about or to even have! There’s definitely massive stereotypes and stigmas attached to various mental illnesses. For example, I think a lot of people associate anxiety with freaking out and rocking back and forth with worry, I mean it can be like that in some cases however not always. When I find myself in an uncomfortable or unfamiliar situation, I will immediately back out of it. For example, I was recently at Glastonbury and as soon as the sun set at around 10:30pm, I was adamant and anxious to get back inside my tent where I felt somewhat safe and wasn’t overwhelmed with worry. When I feel like this I find it so hard to overcome that particular mind frame and push my anxiety to the side and enjoy myself, like the saying goes, we regret the things that we didn’t do and I think my anxiety plays a massive part in that!
Here’s the helpful part, rather than me discussing my current anxiety endeavours and probably making you feel worse, I thought i’d share some very simple yet dramatically helpful things to do when you’re feeling overwhelmed with anxiety and stuck in a melancholy rut!
4 SIMPLE THINGS TO EASE YOUR MIND :
1. TAKE A WALK
I find that going on walks really settles my mind, especially when I’m feeling anxious and stressed about work, university or just life in general. Being surrounded by all that is calm and idyllic really has positive effects on my mind and allows a bit of headspace and my thoughts to somewhat settle. The photo’s for this post where taken on one of those particular occasions, and you know, I thought you’d enjoy looking at my dog because SO CUTE!
2. HAVE A CUPPA WITH YOUR MOMMA
This is a life luxury that I definitely take for granted! I spend a lot of my time at home in my room, writing up blog posts and being submerged in my own thoughts. So whenever I feel as though my thoughts are getting to me and are about to send me into a spiral of anxiety, I like to retire to the living room, pop the kettle on and just sit and listen to my mum gab to me about everyone and everything. Occasionally I pluck up the courage to discuss whatever on my mind, which results in my mum turning into my therapist!
Whether it be a good book, a blog or a magazine, I find that reading is one of life’s true means of escapism! I personally do all three, it just depends on my mood and what I fancy reading! Blog are really good to read as people love to post about positivity and the amazing things that are happening in their lives. or the beautiful clothes that they wear, so I find having a good little nose onto some of your favourite blogs can really perk up your thoughts!
4. HEADSPACE APP
I was introduced to the headspace app quite some time ago now, I think it was my mum who recommended it to me. It’s basically a meditation and mindfulness app, it’s basically like a gym for the mind where you can almost train your brain to think happy and positive thoughts! There’s different types of meditation depending on what thoughts and mind sets your wanting to improve, so if you’re wanting to improve a relationship and allow your mind to be more happy and harmonious regarding things such as acceptance, change and appreciation in a relationship, the section will have excises to allow you to think differently about thins you may be anxious about or struggling to deal with! There’s sections for work as well as specific health sections that focus on different mental illness in particular such as; Depression, anxiety and general life focus’ like self esteem and stress! So this app is really helpful no matter what your worries may be!
I hope you found these little tips helpful!
See you on Tuesday!