Learning to control my Anxiety without my medication is one of the hardest things I have had to learn. The littlest thing can make me continuously sick and sleep deprived and it is the worst thing I have ever experienced.
I definitely don’t have a miracle answer but I do have some tips and tricks for even the slightest of nerves.
Writing – This is something that has really helped me over the years. Blogging, ranting, or even drawing smiley faces over a piece of paper makes me feel so much calmer. I’ve found especially blogging really helps me. I can get things off my chest that I wouldn’t normally share with people and it just feels so good. Sometimes after writing my worry out I realise that the problem I was stressing out is actually really petty. I love writing my ideas out in real life too, a notebook is a must, and why not have some cute stationary too. How is a fluffy unicorn pen not going to cheer anyone up?
Lists – Some people claim this is a trigger for anxiety but this is something that also helps me a lot. I get unnecessarily stressed at work and once again, I’ve created a problem, when there isn’t really one. I’ve found making lists, albeit on a post it note, my phone or in a notebook really helps me complete tasks throughout my day. It gives you a structure to help you plan things out and stops you avoiding tasks that you don’t want to do.
Music – Music is another thing that is a huge release for my anxiety, my favourite thing to do is to sit by myself in my room in the dark and listen to my favourite songs full blast. It makes me completely forget about my stress if only for a short period of time. I normally get a really big burst of motivation to just get everything done so I don’t have to worry. Music has always been a passion so it’s a huge escape for me no matter what, I guess this could work if you were into gaming or something instead. Find a hobby and enjoy it.
Nap – This is one of the hardest and best things you can do. Waking up after a nap with a fresh mind is one of the best feelings but trying to get to sleep in the first place is one of the hardest. Try to empty your mind and think about positive things rather than dwelling on the bad. Even getting a good night’s sleep helps me, I find when I’m more tired I also become more mentally drained. It’s a horrible feeling.
The best thing to do is always look ahead. Don’t dwell on what’s happening, look past it, think ‘once I have done this, everything will be fine’. It’s hard but it can make you so much more positive.