…..because we all know it’s a b!tch.
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We all have experienced the daunting feeling of anxiety in one form or another; whether it be those hectic mornings where you’ve overslept, one kid doesn’t want to go to school while the other child has changed her clothes 4x before getting out the door, or those heavy traffic commutes and youre nervous about getting to work, meeting, appointment on time. The pit in the bottom of your stomach; that feeling of being suffocated; we’ve all felt it. And if you haven’t, good for you, Superman!
Below is a list of my personal strategies known AND proven to help reduce anxiety and its symptoms
Make a Mental To Do List
Feeling overwhelmed with the lengthy to do list your about to be faced with? Make a mental note in order of the things you need to complete. Doing this helps your brain slow down and organize what needs to be done for the day. Write. Things. Down. If you feel you won’t remember. I always love crossing off each task as I complete them. It gives me a feeling of accomplishment
Dress to Impress
First impressions are a major thing amongst the human population. Don’t get me wrong, I am ALL FOR comfy clothes, but don’t show up to a class presentation or meeting in lounge clothes when you should be polished and put together. Arriving to an intimidating environment with a face full of make up and dressed to take on the day shows you are confident and self-aware. From personal experience, I can say that when it comes to exams, when I do my makeup and feel good about my outfit I do better because I feel confident in myself and I know I will do well. I like to feel professional with most aspects. It’s important to feel empowered and motivated.
Go for a walk
Obviously, this option isn’t always available. If you are able to escape for 30 minutes for a stroll, do it. If not, at least try to sit outside for 10 minutes to get some fresh air and a change of scenery. This will allow for fresh ideas to arise and to collect our thoughts. It’s also a great way to increase serotonin levels.
Turn Distractions off
TAKE A BREAK FROM SOCIAL MEDIA! I can’t stress this enough. Too often we are needing to feel validated with Facebook status likes and how many Instagram likes you can get on your latest post. Each new like becomes a rush; an addiction. Instead of being grateful for what you have, you’re comparing your life with that Instagram model. The grass LOOKS greener on her side, but it’s not. That oh so perfect family you see- not perfect. I can guarantee you their kids are little assholes, just like yours can be (we love them anyway). Put the phone down when your daughter wants to tell you about her day. Spend more time connecting with your family.
Do Your Face
Morning and night, wash ya face! Whether you wear a full face of makeup or mascara is enough, it’s important to start with proper skincare. Start each new day with a clean, blank canvas.
Lastly- ask for help. It’s okay to see a shrink and it’s okay to be on medication. Do not ever let anyone tell you otherwise. No one is created equal and what works for Sarah may not work for Bob. Talk with your doctor and see what works for you!
I hope these tips help you feel more relaxed