This year, I made a promise to myself that I would try and be more open about my personal life on my blog. For the past few months, I’ve been struggling with anxiety and stress. I’m still not super comfortable with going into too much detail about it, but this post is a start. For me, my anxiety is the worst when I’m doing nothing all day or feel stuck in some routine. So, I’ve cultivated a routine that works for me and keeps me busy. I wanted to share it with those of you reading, incase anyone is in the same position and doesn’t know what to do. I can’t promise that these will work for everyone, but they are all worth the try. Here’s everything that I do to destress!
I only just started doing this, however, its been super helpful in helping me destress. Buy a sketchbook, some paint, and some paint brushes. Don’t try to make it perfect. It’s not supposed to be about that. Paint literally anything that comes to your mind. I bought a sketchbook from Michaels and I paint a little bit everyday. I even got my sister and one of my friends into it and now we have paint nights. It is really so relaxing.
I saw something a few weeks ago that said cold showers are supposed to help with anxiety. In the comments of the video, everyone was saying how much it helped them. I’ve been experiencing a lot lately, and so I decided to see if it would do anything for me. I can’t stand cold showers, so before I got out, I made the water cold and sat there for about forty seconds. I don’t know if I owe it to this or not, but I’ve been so much less anxious since I started this. Apparently, your body gets nervous in super cold water, and so calming yourself down when you’re basically freezing, will teach your body to calm down when it’s experiencing anxiety. Again, I don’t know how true this is or if it will work for everyone, but I think its worth the try.
Walks / Excerises
I’ve been going on walks a lot through the past few months, and I think they have played a huge part in decreasing my anxiety. Sitting in my house all day does me (or anyone) no good, and walking allows me to feel like I’m getting more out of my day. Having motivation defintely helps as well. I know my dog loves going on walks and obviously I want to make her happy, so even when I don’t want to go, I go. And I never regret it.
I’ve noticed that when I’m eating better, I feel better. I have more energy, which put’s me in a better mood. Living in a healthy lifestyle in general, always makes me feel my best. It can be so hard when you don’t feel like working out or you want to eat junk, but for me, I remember how much it pays off when I stay on track.
When I was younger, I always loved reading but as I got older, I’ve really slacked. When I do read, I love it because I get so inspired and feel my most creative. My tip is to find a book that is super popular, because chances are, you will like it too (its a best seller for a reason). Read with a friend/family member too and then talk about it. It will give you something to look forward too. I’m aiming to read two books a month, so I try to read both morning and night. It’s also a plus because I’m on my phone less, which is important!
About a month ago, I got a notification, and in stead of sliding it up, it caught my eye. It was my phone usage for the week and I was so angry at myself when I read the words “five hours a day”. This is also not including the time I spend on my computer too. So I made it a goal to see that number go down and it has (part of my new years resolutions)! It has definitely helped me with my anxiety, and I think its actually one of the major keys for me, personally.