Whenever I feel the weight of anxiety on my chest, there are a few things I do to try and calm myself down. I surround myself with things I love and create a safe space to feel whatever it is I need to feel in that moment.
1. Put on comfy clothes
Getting out of my work clothes and into something comfortable is a way for me to metaphorically strip myself of the stresses of the day. A baggy, snuggly sweater or soft t-shirt feels as close to a hug from my mom as I can get.
2. Give myself a pamper
Giving myself permission to check out for 30 minutes to an hour with a warm cup of tea and a face mask like the Boscia Vitamin C Brightening Hydrogel Mask allows me to get back to calmer state of mind and put my mental health first.
Whether I go to the gym, do some yoga or move my furniture around in my apartment, moving helps me feel balanced again (even though sometimes I'd prefer to curl up on my couch).
4. Get inspired
Sometimes reading a magazine or book or sifting through my Pinterest boards for some inspiration can cancel out the overwhelming feelings anxiety causes. Putting my energy into something positive makes me feel accomplished and encouraged.
My anxiety occurs the most at night before I go to sleep, so I usually listen to a meditation podcast and pray to ease my mind.
6. Spend some time alone
Sometimes anxiety makes me feel like a huge pile. Being alone allows me to do whatever I need to take care of myself before interacting with others. I personally need my space from time to time in order to refresh and get back into a comfortable mindset.
7. Organize everything
Part of my anxiety involves an intense need for order. A constructive way for me to handle that is to organize my apartment, purse, closet, work bag, desk, etc. Checking things off my to-do list and giving things their own space frees up the space in my mind for a little more positivity.
This little stinker helps more than almost everything else. Her unconditional love and abnormally loud purr work some magic during an anxious moment.
I am, by no stretch of the imagination, an expert on anxiety or how to treat it. These are a few things that help me manage it from my personal experience that I hope might do the same for you all!