Keeping Calm | Anxiety & Stress

by - 5/25/2016

If you're like me, then you know how rough it is to struggle with stress and anxiety. For a lot of people, anxiety comes to us differently. Some are worse than others, some handle it differently. How we perceive our anxiety is the key to how we can overcome it. I'm not going to sit here and type all of this out like I'm a doctor or know everything there is to know about it. The one thing I am going to do is share and recommend what has worked best for me. And hopefully it helps you as well! When I've had a particularly nasty day, whether it be at work or just a bad day in general, I really like to try and set aside some time for a bath. A lot of people recommend this and it's because it just works. Lighting a few candles, popping in some bubbles, and sprinkling some bath salts can really do wonders for the body and mind.

If you don't like bath salts, you can substitute it for a bath bomb instead, but the Lavender scent of this salt that I found really relaxes me and slows down all the crazy thoughts that are causing havoc in my head. Lavender is known to help calm the body and soothe the mind, so I really, really urge you to find something lavender scented. A pillow mist is really good. Spraying a bit on your pillow before bed will help you get to sleep. The book pictured above isn't necessary, but it has a lot of good tips and tricks to helping you become more knowledgeable with your stress and anxiety. It's very visual and they also have an app that can walk you through some meditations. It may seem strange and awkward at first, but having some time to yourself and focusing only on breathing in and out is incredibly refreshing.

Taking public transportation to and from work like I do is where I experience the most anxiety. It builds up in my chest and it feels like I can't breathe. A lot of people suffer similar attacks and the only way to calm myself down from this is to simply close my eyes and breathe deeply. The Calm App has really helped me focus on my breathing, especially with a ton of people around. The last thing I want to do is cause a scene when something like this happens, so being able to just pop in my earbuds and have someone tell me to focus and relax has been a tremendous lifesaver. These are only a small handful of things that I do to help myself calm down. Do you or anyone you know do anything differently?

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