Real Talk: How to Reduce Your Anxiety Naturally

Not a fun fashion post today. Okay, I’m going to level with you guys – I have anxiety. I know we all do to some extent, so we can all relate to this topic. I really hesitated writing a post about this because I wasn’t am not sure how I feel about it, but F it. I am in no way a medical professional, but I wanted to share my thoughts on the subject from my own personal experiences share some of the helpful ways I deal with anxiety.

I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder two years ago. For those of you wondering, it is essentially like going up on a roller coaster with absolutely no idea when it will go down. You’re scared of the drop, a little excited, but in the end you know you’ll have to endure it. Anxiety is like going up, never knowing when it’s coming down, and not knowing what you’re enduring. Okay, this is the case for me anyway.

I’m very lucky that my anxiety is not intense. I’m able to live my life quite normally, and not have it hold me back. This is not the case for everyone, and that’s okay. People handle situations differently based on what tools, resources, support, etc. they have, and we can’t judge anyone for things they can’t change. While we may not be able to change our genetic makeup,  I’ve found that there are ways to combat anxiety naturally. I am not a girl who likes to take pills…even for headaches. I will literally try everything natural before it has to come to that. Luckily, I’ve experimented and found some things which really work for me, and that hopefully will work for you also! So if that’s something that might be of interest to you, read on..

Unplug from Social Media

If you take anything away away from this post today, it should be this: as fun and entertaining as it is to be plugged in – it may be doing you more harm than good. In a world like today where technology is constantly buzzing around us, and people can instantly reach us, there is absolutely zero time for ourselves. It’s a known fact that social media can impact our lives negatively (including our health). It practically forces you to compare yourself to others through curated feeds which are more often than not total bullshit. When I feel like I have unexplained anxiety, I turn off my phone and I don’t go near it for either a few hours or the entire day and I promise it helps. If you’re worried that people will be pissed at you because you aren’t replying to their texts (hello! anxiety trigger), lose those people. Those people suck. If you’re like me and work 24/7 and are worried about losing productivity, don’t. Trust me, it’s never worth it. PUT THE PHONE AND COMPUTER AWAY!

Surround Yourself With Amazing People

It’s really that simple. What’s that saying, you are the average of the five people you surround yourself with? Yea. Maybe their bad energy might be rubbing off on you. People who constantly complain about their life without rectifying their situations, are full of excuses, never take responsibility for their actions, speak negatively, aren’t genuine, make you feel like bad about yourself & your values, etcetc. WILL GIVE YOU ANXIETY. Get yourself a group (or one person) who makes you feel good. If there are more cons than pros to having that person around, it’s time to reevaluate your people. I used to be a person who had so many friends. But quality over quantity, guys. I have a much smaller group now but I truly love them. I honestly talk about how much I love them all the time. You want that. FIND THAT. And if you can’t find it, shoot me a message and I will be that person, because I basically like everyone and I promise I’m a hoot. 🙂

Yoga and/or Meditate

I’m obsessed with Yoga. Last year during exams, Mark surprised me with a membership where I can take unlimited yoga classes, and I try my best to take advantage of this gift. If you think Yoga isn’t for you, keep at it. I had tried it a few times before and never got into it, but when I really wanted to take care of myself and my anxiety – I pushed myself to go for it. I can’t even begin to tell you guys how wonderful I feel now after a yoga session now. What I love most about it besides it making me feel so relaxed – is seeing the progress in the strength and flexibility of my body. I’m actually amazed. You can even do yoga at home if pricing is an issue as there are some really fantastic YouTube guides to get you started. If you’d like me to share my favourite yoga channels, let me know below in the comments. Otherwise, practice breathing/meditating for a few minutes everyday. I promise only good things.

Pursue Your Interests / Learn About Your Interests

If Yoga really isn’t for you, don’t force yourself to do it. I always try to try everything twice. First to experience, and the second time to confirm if it’s for me. If you like running, knitting, swimming, etc. make it a habit. Anything involving exercise is usually a safe bet to make you feel better because, science. But if physical activity isn’t your thing, it can even come down to cooking your favourite meal. Don’t know how to cook? READ A COOK BOOK. These are the type of mental distractions which are super healthy, and will make you feel GOOD.

Write Things Down

I’m a huge note taker, planner enthusiast, and time management freak. I like to be as organized as possible with my time, and I put 100% of my attention into whatever I am focusing on. This used to be so problematic because I would try to multitask 5+ things as once and instead of completing a task and moving on, it would lead to me having so many unfinished projects. This was my biggest anxiety trigger (discussed more in next point), and I knew from a young age that I needed to not continue managing my life this way. Now, I make a list of goals I want to accomplish everyday (every week, month, etc) and write them down on paper. Yes, paper. It’s so interesting that when everything is dancing in your head, it can feel stressful, but when you write things down and see it on paper, it becomes less overwhelming. Also, it’s the best feeling EVER to cross something off your list when it’s accomplished. Give it a try!

Know Your Anxiety Triggers

Try to learn and understand what is making you feel anxious. To conclude on the above, I try to stay away from negative people, excessive technology use, and poorly managing my time as these are my main triggers. Taking the time to understand your own anxiety will do wonders in preventing it from happening.

Get It In

Wink-wink, nudge-nudge. No further explanation necessary.

 

I hope some of these work for you! I also recently launched The Sparkle Style Facebook page, so if you like my posts so far please go and follow me HERE!

Have a magical week! xx