Welcome, or welcome back to Lulubella. Today I am going to share some pointers with you on how to calm your anxiety. Anxiety is not something where one remedy will work for everyone. We are all different and require different calming techniques. If one of the tips below doesn’t work for you, try a different one. Most of all, be patient and kind with yourself. This is something I have struggled with so I know it can be hard but it’s important to practice.
Please let me know if any of these work for you and, of course, if you have any that are not listed and you find useful please share them below. You never know if it may help someone else.
I have experimented with reading before bed on and off for several years. I noticed that when I was a teenager it would keep me up more than lull me to sleep. After giving it a shot again recently, I noticed a difference in how fast I fell asleep AND the quality. Reading before bed helps calm my mind down and not look at the harsh lights of my phone or a T.V. I still will put on a dvd to fall asleep after but I fall asleep much faster. You can also try reading on your lunch break to relax.
Make sure you are getting enough. Everyone says this because it’s true! I felt better when I was getting better quality and more sleep from reading. Your body needs to recoup so if you are only sleeping for four hours it’s going to take a toll, even if you don’t notice it right away. My symptoms are far less when I’m well rested.
Listen to music
Music has a power for some people. Sometimes you need music to dance out your anxiety. Other times, just sitting outside with some Michael Buble or island sounds can help release tension.
Take a bath
Water has always been a relaxer for me. Try having a bubble bath with some candles lit (make sure to remember to blow them out or use fake ones). If you are like me and have trouble sitting still for long periods of time, prop up your tablet or computer and put on Netflix to help keep your mind on something. Tip: for smooth and silky skin, add some drops of baby oil.
Sweat it out
Let’s face it, the thought and process of GOING to the gym or a work out class sucks. Once you’re there, though, it’s not as bad. Don’t you feel so much better after? Working out is scientifically proven to release feel good hormones. Next time you are anxious, hit the gym or even turn on some dancing tunes in your house and dance in your PJ’s.
Get a massage
Facial, massage, pedicure….whatever may help relax you. Yes, these can be expensive sometimes; if that’s a major issue, try a Groupon or look for a new client special. Treating yourself once in a while, especially when it will help your anxiety, is a must!
Volunteering will not only distract your mind off of your anxiety and what may be bugging you, but it can also help to put things into perspective. You can also get a boost by knowing you’re doing something positive that will make someone happy.
Journaling is scientifically proven to help reduce stress, improve memory and creativity, and even help you sleep better. By journaling when you are experiencing anxiety you may be able to pinpoint what exactly is causing you anxiety in the first place and work through it.
Try these out and let me know if these work for you. Happy relaxing!