When you have anxiety, it sort of feels like you're dying inside a little bit. You wake up in the middle of the night and your heart is pounding, and you don't even know why. And you live everyday thinking it will never end and you'll live each day in horror.
No matter what you're doing, the task seems impossible and you're super irritable when you feel that way. Starting to get better is the hardest part, because it feels like you're about to climb the tallest mountain.
I've lived with anxiety for a while now, and even though there is no cure, there are things you can do to better yourself and your life. Every single day you have to work hard so that the anxiety doesn't win, and some days will be a lot more tough than others. You can learn to live through the anxiety, and live your life the way you deserve to.
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1. Try meditating with the Headspace App
If you're new to meditating, it can be super frustrating and seem really hard. However, with the Headspace App, it makes it super easy and it's also free. They guide you along through it and there are 3 levels that help you conquer your thoughts when you feel stuck in your own head.
2. Focus on your breathing for 5 minutes
We've all been super stressed and wanted to make a sudden change (aka Britney Spears circa 2007) but it's better to just let go and focus on your breathing for a few minutes. If you don't think you can do this on your own, you can download apps such as RespiRelax that helps you get your breathing in tact and so your chest opens up.
3. Adopt a minimalist lifestyle
Imagine living life not needing anything? When you want something, and buy it, do you feel fulfilled after? Probably not. After watching the documentary Minimalism on Netflix, you realize that all you really need is yourself. Buying things brings temporary happiness and that's about it. You could be saving to travel and exploring the world, and when you adopt a minimalist lifestyle you stop comparing yourself to others. You have other ways of becoming fulfilled.
4. Watch the documentary Happy on Netflix
If you feel stuck in your head and need a new perspective, this documentary will do it for you. When you realize happiness comes from within and not outside sources, your world changes.
5. Use the Five Minute Journal to become the queen or king or gratitude.
I've used the Five Minute Journal for years and I absolutely love it. You can get it in book or app form, but I have it on my phone because it reminds me every morning and night to fill it in. Every morning, it asks you to name 3 things you're grateful for and you can put anything you desire. And at night it asks you to name 3 amazing things that happened during your day. Even if it's the smallest things, you start realizing that those small things actually matter most.
6. Read about the Law of Attraction
The Law of Attraction is one of my favourite subjects, I'm super passionate about it. I truly believe that we manifest our own lives and the way things happen by our repetitive thoughts. If you find yourself always being negative, your life will end up negative. Trying your best to turn every negative thought into a positive won't only change your mind, it'll change your world. If you're vibrating on the frequency you want your life to go, aka acting like you already have something you want, there is no way the universe won't give it to you. I recommend reading The Secret. It changed my life completely.
7. Work out to release endorphins
Working out truly saved my life. I was a ball of anxiety before I start Kayla Itsines' BBG workouts, and now I can say I hardly get anxious. When you move your body, you're thinking about something other than your anxiety. Working out releases endorphins which is also known as the happy drug. There is nothing that a workout can't fix, believe me.
8. See a naturopath to find out if you have any imbalances
A lot of the time anxiety is just in our heads, but sometimes it can also be due to hormonal imbalances or your gut health. If your gut health is bad, everything else is off balance. You could also be eating foods that are inflammatory, which means your body is swollen and probably super bloated. Once you find out what your body needs/is missing, you'll feel 100% better.
9. Watch inspirational YouTubers or listen to funny podcasts
A mix between inspirational and funny puts me in the best mood. I know this probably isn't the best morning routine, but I usually wake up and watch one of my fav YouTubers videos to start out the day. People like Sarah's Day are super positive and get you motivated each day. Also, I recommend listening to Chris D'Elias podcast that comes out every Tuesday. I was never a podcast kind of person, but I actually laugh out loud/cry from laughing during his podcasts. If you something to make you smile, his podcast Congratulations is f*cking amazing.
10. Instead of sleeping in until 12 pm, get up at 6 am
I know what you're thinking, "Well anxiety makes me tired, so I want to sleep". I completely get it, but coming from someone who used to want to sleep all day I'm telling you it does not help. In fact, sleeping in makes it worse. Have you ever done nothing all day and been more tired than if you were busy the entire day? That's because your body needs to move. Getting up early gives you more time in the day to workout, meditate, take a bath, do laundry, and then you have the entire night off. Trust me, getting up early is not what will make you tired.
11. Accepting that your anxiety is not a part of you
Even though it feels like your anxiety can take over your entire life, anxiety is typically caused by negative thoughts. Your brain can work against you if you let it, but you don't have to let it. My old therapist used to tell me that anxiety is full of bullshit, and nothing it says is true. And I completely agree. However, once you deal with anxiety, it's hard to get back onto the right track of treating it. Some people need medication, some people don't and it's all personal preference. These are ways to deal with it in the moment, and ways that you can kick it to the curb. Once you realize you don't have control over every situation, but you have control over your thoughts, your world changes.
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