Since I got some really good feedback for my post about my struggle with anxiety last week, I wanted to make a post about some ways I deal with it. These are all things I’ve tried and have really helped me. It’s really good for times when you feel like it just sneaks up on you.
For me I’ve noticed the best way to deal with it, is accepting it but also keeping my mind occupied so I’m not just focusing on and drowning in my anxious thoughts and feelings.
So most of these are things I do while I’m feeling anxious but I’ve also noticed they help keep myself from even getting anxious in the first place.
TALK IT OUT/WRITE IT DOWN
I mentioned this in my other post, the reason I wrote it is because I was in the middle of feeling anxious at night and needed a way to just get it out, so I wrote it down on my phone and noticed half way through that I was significantly less anxious.
I’ve learned from a meditation app (I’ll mention my favorite below) that you should acknowledge your anxiety not try to push it away or bury it because that makes it worse. I’ve found this to be true. When I write down what is making me anxious and why (if there is even a why, sometimes there isn’t, and that’s ok!) I feel better about it because it’s not just stuck in my head. If that makes sense.
Sometimes I’ll talk it out with my mom or text some of my friends who I know will understand what I’m going through about it.
DIFFUSE ESSENTIAL OILS/BURN CANDLES
I’ve been diffusing oils for the last four-ish months and I totally believe it works. Every night I diffuse lavender which really helps me relax and sleep better. I’ve noticed differences in nights when I diffuse lavender and when I don’t.