Anyone else deal with stress or anxiety from time to time? I hate it. Seriously. I hate feeling stressed or anxious. I don’t know about you, but my body will actually store the stress. So once I’m over it emotionally, I still have to deal with it physically. Cue the face palm.
I mean, let’s be real stress comes up, we get anxious about things in life. So I don’t know if we can prevent it. That sounds super negative, yikes! But, you know what I mean? Poop hits the fan sometimes (or a lot of times, depending on what life is like at that point in time) and the feeling of stress comes about. I can’t stand feeling stressed. Thus I have made it a goal of mine to try and get back to being in perfect peace within one minute of feeling stressed. Full disclaimer: I’m not there yet! However I’m a lot closer than I used to be.
Back in the day anxiety could take me out and ruin my whole day. Now it’s down to 15-30 minutes depending on the circumstances. Also worth noting, this is something I have worked on for the better part of 3 years now. It’s not like I fixed this over night. It gets so exciting when I hit a new milestone in this. I always get really proud of myself because it’s hard work to not let your emotions run your life.
Anyway, here’s some things that I do on the regular to help keep stress/anxiety at bay, as well as calm myself down once I’m in the middle of experiencing it. Hope it helps!
Even with a “perfect” diet there can still be gaps in our nutrition, especially in today’s day and age. So I make sure I regularly take vitamins, healthy fats (i.e. omega 3 fatty acids), and probiotics. I take the Core Supplement Kit from Young Living. It’s expensive, but I tell you what, it is by far the best vitamin routine I’ve ever taken. It’s so good that I notice a physical, emotional, and mental difference when I’m taking it and consequently when I’m not taking it. HIGHLY recommend!
Everyone knows that exercise is good for you. When those endorphins (aka the feel goods) get pumping through your brain, it can totally change your whole day. It is also very empowering to finish a hard workout. I only workout 20-30 minutes a day. Believe me there are days when that seems like a herculean triumph to achieve. Any moms with toddlers feel me?! I also try to move throughout the day too. I have a fitness tracker (just got a cheap one off Amazon), and try to walk throughout the day to hit my steps goal. We sit too much in this society. It’s better to move! I’m actually thinking of getting one of those treadmill desks. They are so cool!
Go for a hike. Go to the beach, or camping. Heck just go for a walk. One of my favorite ways to be outside is to just sit on my porch while I work. Even doctors are starting to prescribe “forest walks.” So important to get outside on the regular! This is the first time I’ve ever been in a “real” winter, where I’ve had to stay indoors for multiple days in a row. I definitely notice a change in my mood when this happens. So I try to get out every chance I get. Even if it’s only for 5 minutes. It’s better than nothing.
Get the Focus Off Myself
This is a big one. I notice when my focus starts to get too me-centric I tend to get more anxious. The world doesn’t revolve around me, and I don’t need to focus on me all the time. Sometimes it helps to reach out to someone else and see how I can make their life a little better. It’s always good for resetting my priorities and perspective.
Unplug and Schedule Social Media Time
This is a huge, giant, life-altering one. I am in front of a screen way too much, and let’s be real social media addiction is intense. More and more studies are coming out on how social media can affect mental health. Now I like social media, don’t get me wrong. I think it’s a tremendous thing, but it can become ridiculously addictive. One of the things I do to keep it in check is I got rid of all social media notifications on my phone. If it’s not constantly popping up in my face I’m not going to check it as often. The other thing I do, is only allow myself to check it at specific times during the day. I do not check it when I first get up or right before I go to bed either.
Limiting my social media intake has helped me to enjoy it without feeling chained to it. Another thing I do is I unplug. I put my phone on Do Not Disturb about half an hour before bed. I read a book and get ready for bed and then just go to sleep. This way if someone needs my help they can get ahold of me, but otherwise I’m not going to be bothered. Also, I put my phone across the room, so I’m not tempted to check it in the middle of the night if I wake up. I can’t tell you how HUGE of a difference these little changes have made.
Whenever I start to get anxious thoughts I stop and say 10 things I’m thankful for out loud. Some days I have to do this a lot. Other days doing it once is the trick. Either way I try to end each day with listing what I’m thankful for right before I go to bed. I don’t care if it’s generic like “I’m thankful for flowers.” or something specific to my life. Being thankful really helps me to stay positive and grounded. There are a lot of studies out there on how gratitude is so powerful.
Getting with God
I know this option isn’t for everyone, but God is the biggest part of my life. He is the most important part and the reason why I do everything that I do. So every day I spend time with him. I listen to praise and worship music, read the Bible, pray, and speak affirmations over myself. When I do this I find that I’m far more likely to make it through life’s ebbs and flows peacefully and joyfully. Little things don’t bother me near as much, and the number of stressed-out/anxious days goes way down.
Anyway, hope this helps! I’ve really been noticing a difference as I implement all of this stuff on the regular. What are some ways that you fight anxiety?