Calm down!

I’ve been extremely anxious lately, and I imagine that deciding to write this blog is a big part of it. Don’t get me wrong, I am finding this new adventure to be inspirational and healing,

I’ve been extremely anxious lately, and I imagine that deciding to write this blog is a big part of it. Don’t get me wrong, I am finding this new adventure to be inspirational and healing, but I am still having a hard time with it. I mean, I quite literally pace the room when I post or comment on something…it’s getting ridiculous! Good stress, bad stress, it’s all STRESS!!!

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I haven’t ever really been good at calming myself down, no matter how small the issue. And because I haven’t been taking care of my mental health like I should, my physical health is suffering. I’m having more bad days than good and need to approach things differently. I need to look at myself as a whole picture, and not just look at the physical symptoms I’m experiencing.

Today, is as good a time as any to take the bull by the horns and get down to business, right?! Right!!

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Here are some coping strategies to try when you’re feeling anxious or stressed:

  • Take a time-out. Practice yoga, listen to music, meditate, get a massage, or learn relaxation techniques. Stepping back from the problem helps clear your head.
  • Eat well-balanced meals. Do not skip any meals. Do keep healthful, energy-boosting snacks on hand.
  • Limit alcohol and caffeine, which can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks.
  • Get enough sleep. When stressed, your body needs additional sleep and rest.
  • Exercise daily to help you feel good and maintain your health.
  • Take deep breaths. Inhale and exhale slowly.
  • Count to 10 slowly. Repeat, and count to 20 if necessary.
  • Do your best. Instead of aiming for perfection, which isn’t possible, be proud of however close you get.
  • Accept that you cannot control everything. Put your stress in perspective: Is it really as bad as you think?
  • Welcome humor. A good laugh goes a long way.
  • Maintain a positive attitude. Make an effort to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
  • Get involved. Volunteer or find another way to be active in your community, which creates a support network and gives you a break from everyday stress.
  • Learn what triggers your anxiety. Is it work, family, school, or something else you can identify? Write in a journal when you’re feeling stressed or anxious, and look for a pattern.
  • Talk to someone. Tell friends and family you’re feeling overwhelmed, and let them know how they can help you. Talk to a physician or therapist for professional help.

These are great coping skills, but I am not always the best at applying them. I’m still a work in progress, I guess. The main point that I was told to focus on is being mindful . Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. That is hard to do when you have a plethora of symptoms constantly distracting you. Regardless, it is up to me to put these techniques into practice when I am having a rough time, or I can’t expect things to improve.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

Albert Einstein

You can’t always control the situation that you are in, but you can control your reaction to whatever is thrown your way. Today, I choose to understand and accept my current situation. Today, I want to change my way of thinking.

I am determined to be physically, mentally, and emotionally healthier!

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What are some of the tools that you have in your bag to help you cope in stressful situations?

What has worked for you in the past and what hasn’t?

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