Friday, 7 October 2016

5 Things To Do If You're Feeling Anxious

There are times when my anxiety is really bad and it stops me from leaving the house, it can take me hours to get out of bed and sometimes I can't find the motivation to do anything, I do have good days but on the days where I'm not feeling so good I try to use a few different techniques to calm myself down. If any of you suffer with anxiety or just need a few tips on how to relax, hopefully this will help, and these aren't just thing like 'take a bath, go for a walk' I'm not saying those are bad things to do but these are a few other techniques that really help me. 
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1. Try To Have A Positive Attitude 

When I'm having a really stressful time or my anxiety's particularly bad then I find it so hard to be positive about anything and I put a downer on everything. I won't say I'm the most positive person in the world anyway, I'm definitely a bit pessimistic but I really try to see the good side of things when I'm feeling anxious, it can be hard to not over think everything so I just try to think of one thing of at a time, and look at everything in a positive light. So for example if I am feeling anxious about something that is happening one day in the week I try to tell myself to just take it one day at a time, one hour at a time if I need to, think of the good things that could happen that day rather than anything bad and try to replace the negative thoughts with positive ones. I don't know if I've explained myself properly with this point but I think you'll get what I mean. 

2. Push Yourself 

This can depend on the situation but sometimes its best to face your fears and try and push through whatever is causing your anxiety. For me, I can sometimes get anxious about going to certain places, even if I know I've been before and it will be fine, I can just overthink for hours and eventually talk myself out of going. A lot of the time though it can really help if I just force myself to go to the place regardless and do whatever I can to get myself there as I know once im there I'll be okay. There are times when this doesn't work and I just can't make myself do it and that's okay but I always make sure I really, really try and push myself. 

3. Talk 

It can really help me to just talk for ages about whatever is bothering me and making me feel anxious. I feel a bit bad for George as sometimes I know it must get boring and be hard to listen to, as a lot of the time its the same things but I can't explain how much it helps me to just let everything out and have a proper conversation about the things or the people that are making me feel stressed or anxious. If there isn't someone you can talk to, maybe writing would help. There are times when I use my blog as a place for me to get everything out and explain how I'm feeling, even if people don't want to know, I feel better knowing I've said what I needed to say. 

4. Do Something You Love 

Similar to what I said in the point above, I love putting everything down on my blog, even if no one reads it, its such a relief to just write and write and see what comes out. I love blogging and it's something I can spend hours and hours on so really helps me focus on other things rather than my anxiety. Other things I love doing which really help when I'm feeling anxious are baking, cooking and reading. Baking is my happy thing so I do it as often as I can and with reading it's so easy to get lost in the story and focus on those characters rather than yourself.

5. Eat Well 

 It can be hard when you're having a bad time to try and find the energy to cook and eat well when all you want to do is get a takeaway and eat chocolate, which I have done so many times when I've been feeling really anxious but generally I actually feel so much better when i'm eating well and i'm getting the right foods. I really do see a difference in my mood when i'm eating well compared to when I'm eating bad and it can have a real impact on my anxiety. 

These are just a few things I try to do when i'm feeling anxious, if you suffer with anxiety what helps you?

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