For so many years, I learned to accept the knot in my stomach that came with anxiety.
Of course, I never thought that I had a problem. I just accepted that “short-of-breath” feeling that came with a to-do list a mile long, allowing my self-care to go out the window and worrying about every little thing.
Thoughts would race through my head such as “oh my God I wish I hadn’t said that” to waking up in the middle of the night thinking “is it okay I fed my baby that meat? Could it have been under cooked?”
All of these are symptoms of anxiety. And as women try to do more, be more, earn more and love more – anxiety seems almost unavoidable. While I’m far more relaxed and calm than I used to be, becoming a mother brought back many of those familiar feelings of anxiety.
The irony is that only when we’re feeling calm, happy and grounded can we truly be productive without diminishing our quality of life. And I want that for you – to be a peaceful and alive creator of your own life.
It’s a process, but we can only do this through conscious awareness and a solid practice of self-love.
Here are my Top 8 Tips for Managing Anxiety:
- Sleep: Seems too simple, right? But honestly you cannot underestimate its benefits and how it can make you feel calmer and generally more in control of your life.
- Daily Exercise: Get your body moving! Yoga is powerful at taming anxiety mentally and physically, but any exercise that feels fun for you is A-OK.
- Meditation: Like yoga, meditation is brilliant at detaching from anxious trains of thought. Just sitting still and remembering that in the present moment there is nothing to fear is key.
- Acceptance: Accepting a situation (and yourself) can be enormously liberating. It is also giving you the best chance of healing.
- Drop the coffee: Stimulants are one of the biggest no-no’s for those who suffer from anxiety. Try to reduce all caffeine from your daily diet until you can get a feel for what life is like without it.
- This too shall pass: Saying this phrase helps me a lot. A bout of anxiety does not last for long. If you have the presence of mind to recognize anxiety for what it is when it’s happening and know that “this too shall pass”.
- Talk to others: Talking it out with someone, either a coach or someone who understands what you are going through is so important. Know that you are not alone or have to do it all by yourself. It’s OK to ask for help.
- Connect to yourself: Above all be really kind and patient with yourself. Frustration as well as pushing yourself are your worst enemies and may bring on old feelings of anxiety. Treat yourself as you would someone you love. Compassion for yourself is the hardest of all but the most deserved of all.
Even if you only put one of these tips into practice, you’ll notice significantly less stress, and well, more awesomeness in your life.
So give it a try and if you’ve found a tip particularly helpful, let me know in the comments!
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