Stress is an everyday part of adulting. Ever since I became an adult, I am stressed out about one thing or the other. I know anxiety and stress are two different things, but for me they are two sides of the same coin. When I am stressed, I become anxious. I lose my confidence and that makes me even more anxious.
Somehow I do manage to make it through the day, which means I am sort of dealing with my anxiety issues. I am not on any anxiety medication and I am not in therapy (although I have considered both options). So, here are some of the ways that I deal with my own anxiety:
- Music : I have a few songs that lift my mood instantly and remind me that I am fearless. Some of them get me to dance my anxieties away. Check them out, you may just enjoy them too.
There are some days when I just cannot deal. If I am not needed anywhere urgently, I just switch off the whole world and take several naps. Some of my anxiety is caused by a lack of sleep, so when I catch up on sleep, I can think clearer.
- Letting go: As a self-confessed control-freak, I find this one the most difficult to do. But, it works. I find that when I am stressed or anxious about something, letting go of the need to control the situation offers a change of perspective. There is a popular saying that we like but few of us manage to apply it to our lives:
Easier said than done, but I have won many battles just by letting go. Some things really do sort themselves out without the need for me to worry myself to death.
- Social Support : My social circle helps me to deal with anxiety. I know I said I am not in therapy, but I do vent to my friends (A LOT) when I am going through something. I have two best friends: one has a way of helping me analyse situations from an objective, unemotional stand-point and the other helps me with the nurturing, but strict, no-nonsense advice. I don’t have many friends but the few that I have are a blessing.
- Meditation and prayer: I have said this one before, your girl is a very spiritual person. Once I centre myself and focus on things not of this world, I always find a way out of the anxiety maze. Praying has a mysterious way of bringing calm and peace into my soul. It works for me.
How do you deal with anxiety? Any cool tricks?
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