It’s safe to say that all of us experience or have experienced anxiety once in our lifetime. Whether it’s everyday or once in a blue moon, experiencing a heightened moment of stress can really set you back. I struggle with anxiety and I am not ashamed to say it. No one should be ashamed of anxiety! It is completely normal and understanding no matter who you are. During this time of the season, I feel it more. I don’t know whether it's because my son is on summer break, my business is starting to grow, or what. I just know it's there. Which is why I want to share with you some tips that I practice daily that help my work through my anxious moments or lessen them.
Face Your Fear! Fear is What Feed Your Anxiety
Practice Focused Deep Breathing
Have you ever been to a yoga class? It is usually centered around focusing on your breath throughout the class. I urge you to do this on a daily basis, make it a step of your morning routine! Whenever you feel your anxiety spike, focus on breathing in and exhaling deeply. Repeat this for three to five minutes. By evening out your breath and focusing on something else other than whatever triggered your spike, you’ll slow down your heart rate.
Any excuse/tip to buy a new candle, I’m here for it! Whether it be oils, incense, candles or spray, aromatherapy is known to help activate certain receptors in your brain that are extremely soothing and can ease your anxiety. I highly recommend lavender, chamomile and sandalwood scents. Here is a list of essential oils and their physical and mental benefits!
Practice Self Care
Practicing self care can solve so much. From anxiety to self confidence, dedicating time for yourself is the first step to healing and improving. When I say self care, this can be anything from going on a walk around your neighborhood, spending an extra ten minutes on skincare and/or improving your eating habits. Taking some time to focus on your body and not your physical wellbeing will distract you from your mental thoughts.
Write Down Your Thoughts
For many people, journaling can be seen as a chore, but like anything else, you have to give it a chance. Writing down what’s making you anxious can make it less daunting. It can also guide you to discover your anxiety triggers. Dedicate a section of your journal to writing to your anxiety as a person, “Dear Anxiety, I am not intimidated by you. What can you teach me?” Dedicate another section of your journal to write down things you are grateful for, or things you love about yourself and those around you. Look at this list when you feel like you’re in an anxious state and continue adding to that list. This is a great self reminder that you are loved.
Find tools that work for you! Below are some of my favorite Iphone/Ipad apps that I use daily to ease my anxiety.
The Inner Balance App does require a Heart Math monitor but it is worth the investment! Give these a try and see what fits best for you!
I encourage you all to not be afraid of your anxiety. Take these emotions, that oftentimes feel uncontrollable, and focus that energy into one, if not all, of these tips. Try these consistently for a few weeks and see if you experience any improvements. If you have any tips, I would love to hear them! DM us on Instagram. 💕
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