Hi all! ♡
Most of you guys know I was bullied when I was still in junior high. You can read my story and my self – love journey here. Since then, and far as long as I can remember, I had anxiety. I feel so proud that I’ve overcome my fears and the many challenges I’ve faced due to my anxiety. I truly feel as though as I am thriving, despite my anxiety.
I know so many of you can relate, but even if you don’t have a mental illness, anxiety is something we all experience. As humans, we have shitty days, weeks, or even months. Just remember that no feeling is permanent and nothing lasts forever. But I know just how overwhelming anxiety can be, so I wanted to share a few things that help with my anxiety.
There is no sense in stressing over the past and worrying about things in the future that might not even happen. Living in the moment sounds SO cliche, but it’s really important! If you’re with other people and you find yourself getting lost in your own thoughts, try to focus on what’s outside of yourself and be present. Engage in the conversation, notice what’s going on in the space around you (sounds, smells, etc.) and try to enjoy the moment.
This is SO important. Sometimes relief is only a phone call away. I have a list of people who I know I can call day or night, that will be there to support me. It’s also good to have more than one person to call, each individual has different ways of helping and showing love! Some people are good at listening, others give good advice or there are always those who make us laugh and cheer us up.
I have a few of my favourite affirmations/quotes framed in my house. It fits my aesthetic, and they bring good vibes! Besides framed affirmations / quotes, I also write them out in my digital & printed journals. I even put some of my favourite affirmations & quotes as my phone wallpaper.
Pick a positive affirmation, post it on your mirror and say it out loud at least once a day. It might seem silly, but it takes just a few seconds and can really make a difference.
At the root, this is really what my blog is all about. When we take time to look good on the outside, we feel good on the inside. Because if you don’t take care of yourself, how can you show up for anyone else?
When you have a thought that just won’t go away or your anxiety won’t let something go, journalling is super helpful. I find once I get my thoughts out on paper, that takes the power it has away. I use both of printed and digital journal. Moleskine Journey is my favourite digital journal.
I talk about this a lot, but I find expressing gratitude brings me back to the current moment. This also helps me find positivity and can “reframe” the anxiety-provoking situation. I write down my gratitude list on my journal.
Listening to your favourite music can help to ease your anxiety. Sing out or dance to your favourite tunes.
Taking an hour or even a whole evening without your phone can do SO SO much. It’s okay to take your time off your phone and social media for a while.
When my space is looking like a hot mess, I feel like a hot mess. Taking just a few minutes to de-clutter and tidy up always helps.
I really hope there is something on this list that can help you the next time you’re experiencing anxiety or having a stressful day. Thank you for allowing me to be authentic and share this with you.