If we’re being honest 2020 has been filled with anxiety-prone events. I’ve struggled with anxiety for a long time and over the years I’ve been able to find different things to help combat those anxious feelings. Even if you don’t struggle with anxiety these few steps can help you unwind after a stressful day or week. Sometimes we need to take a step back and practice self-care.
1. Listen to Music
When I’m feeling anxious it really helps when I put in my headphones and just escape into my favorite songs. Turn up the volume and forget about your anxious feelings and let the music bring you to those memories that made you happy in the past. I truly believe that music has the power to heal so this is always first on my list.
I know this doesn’t sound like the greatest thing when your having an episode but trust me it works. All those good endorphins that get released when your exercising help trigger a positive feeling. Releasing the stress will leave you feeling lighter and keep you healthy and fit.
Even if you’ve never meditated before there are thousands of guides on Youtube. Sometimes taking out your yoga mat and just taking a few quick minutes to clear your mind is all you need.
This one might seem hard when you’re not feeling your best but if you take the time to get together with those you love, it could make all the difference. I know this ones hard right now with the pandemic but a quick video chat will still bring on all the laughs! Laughing decreases stress hormones and can promote an overall good feeling.
5. Write it out
Journaling or even just jotting down some feelings/notes in a planner can help you organize your thoughts and help you find some clarity. Often I find myself over-thinking situations and writing how I feel down helps me feel like I’m gaining control back and gets me ready to combat my feelings.
This one might sound a little silly but showering has always helped me. I’m not sure if it’s the sensation of the water hitting me but when I’m having a rough moment a warm shower is able to get me to relax.
These are just a few things that I always do when my anxious thoughts catch up to me and I hope they help you whenever you’re struggling. Ultimately, If you’re ever feeling like you need something more, never feel scared to reach out to a professional. There are so many resources available to us and your well-being is worth it, you are worth it!