How To Implement Self Care When You Suffer From Anxiety

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I have a confession to make. I have anxiety. The ugly type of anxiety that causes shaking and trembling. Yes, you heard right. I’ve lived with this for as long as I can remember and I understand today that there is nothing to be ashamed of. However, it was not always this way. There was a period in my life where I felt shame because of it and tried very hard to hide it. Trying to escape from it only made it worse.

Anxiety can make you feel very nervous and shaky for no reason at all, and it can even keep you wide awake at night with terrorizing thoughts. The good news, over the years, I have researched and used many different methods of self care to help ease my anxious mind with success.

In this article, I will share with you some of my favourite self care strategies that I have used and researched myself to assist me with my own anxiety. I am also a mother with children that suffer from anxiety. These strategies listed in this article have also helped my own children.

Remember, if none of these strategies listed in this article help you, it is time to seek out professional help.

What Is Anxiety?

According to Psychology Today, anxiety is defined as:

“Anxiety, or extreme apprehension and worry, is a normal reaction to stressful situations. But in some cases, it becomes excessive and can cause sufferers to dread everyday situations”.

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I understand first hand how exhausting and mentally drained one can get when the mind is racing with scary “what if” scenarios. When anxious, we can easily find ourselves feeling overwhelmed and see no relief in the near future. Struggles with mental health is a serious issue that needs to be taken seriously.

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Have you ever tried to continue your chores, meet the demands of your job, or meeting up with a friend while feeling anxious?  If you have tried, you probably know first hand how difficult this is because anxiety is a very real condition.

What Is Self Care?

According to Fort Gary’s Woman’s Resource Center  , self-care is defined as:

“Self care is care provided “for you, by you.” It’s about identifying your own needs and taking steps to meet them. It is taking the time to do some of the activities that nurture you. Self care is about taking proper care of yourself and treating yourself as kindly as you treat others”.

From personal experience, if we don’t take the time to “refuel” ourselves, it can feel like we are “running on empty”.

So what can you do? The next section will explore this.

Examples Of  Self Care Activities That You can Start Today to Assist With Decreasing Anxiety:

 Keep a Journal

Journaling is a healthy way of staying motivated and keeping track of your progress. A journal is a safe way to express yourself and write about your day. You could write about what you are grateful for, and not so grateful.  You can purchase a pretty journal and some pens at any dollar store. Writing down what is making you feel anxious can validate these emotions.

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Exercise

You are probably thinking, how can I possibly exercise when feeling anxious?  You can do some jumping jacks, ride your bike, go for a walk, or jump rope. For me, taking time to exercise outdoors almost every day is my best form of self care. Have you heard of the saying, “You’re only one workout away from a good mood”?

Another one of my favourites when I can’t leave the house for a jog is “running in place”, or using my stationary bike. I also keep a set of weights, resistance bands, and kettle balls in the house. Chose a form of exercise that you will enjoy and stick with.  You will see the many benefits of feeling re-centered and more relaxed. Always receive the OK from your doctor before starting any new exercise plans.

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Confide In Someone That You Trust

Talk openly with a friend or a family member that you can trust. Sometimes just being heard can make all the difference.

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Stay Hydrated

Don’t forget to drink that water. I like to add strawberries or cucumbers to boost the flavor. You can purchase yourself an eco-friendly water bottle as well.

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Use your Creativity

Adult colouring books have become very trendy. Art therapy has many health benefits. It has helped many relax and feel less anxious. I love colouring, drawing, or painting while listening to calming music.

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Get Yourself Outdoors

A study conducted in 2010 by Environmental Health and Preventative Medicine discovered that spending time in nature can lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, lowers blood pressure, and lowers pulse rate. Being outdoors helps me feel connected to nature and I find it very soothing.

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Read

I love getting lost in a good book or a magazine. It helps “take me away” and temporarily takes my mind off the day to day matters.

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Get Enough Sleep

If at all possible, don’t cheat yourself out on sleep. It’s one of the most important things that you can do for yourself. A well-rested body and mind will make your day feel less challenging and overwhelming. Sneak in a nap during the day if you can.

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It’s Ok to Say No

It’s ok to set limits and say no if someone is asking you for a favour. This is all part of the self care plan. Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize!

Listen to Music

Listening to music can be very therapeutic. Scientists have discovered that music can have mood-boosting effects. Music playing in the background often helps me feel more grounded and calm.

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An anxious mind can feel very challenging at the time. It will test you, and even take you to some of your darkest moments.

What form of self-care are you using now in your life to decrease anxiety? What is working? What is not working?

Disclaimer: If none of these strategies listed in this article work for you, and you are not feeling any better, please consult with a medical professional. If you are feeling suicidal and can no longer cope, call your emergency hot line in your city or present yourself to an Emergency Room. You can also call 911.

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