Hello people of the internet! Welcome back to my site, thanks for actually clicking on this. I’m issie, and today’s post is about How to Calm an Anxious Mind. Mental health is something everyone struggles with, some more than others. Personally I have problems with getting super anxious and stressed, but although stress and anxiety play off of each other, they are two different things, so a post for another Friday.
So for me, I can get anxious by having a teacher talking to me, or a stranger, or being in a crowd of people, sometimes it happens when I can’t get my ideas out on paper. That’s why I write so much, because my mind is such a mess, and that mess makes me anxious. Stupid it may sound but it’s how it works for me.
I will start to shake, my hands, and then I can feel it down through my spine until it hurts. And more times than not I will start to break down and cry. Remember, this normally happens to me when I force myself to talk to people, or ask a teacher a question in school.
How I Deal With It
The first thing you have to remember, especially when you are in the heat of an attack you MUST breathe! Everyone will say oh dude you gotta breathe, but you really do. In through your nose, and out through your mouth, deep breaths. If you can slow your heart rate down you will feel better.
I generally know my triggers. Sometimes my anxiety comes out of nowhere, and it’s like I have to hold back a storm. But when you know yourself, and know your triggers, you can reverse engineer a solution to help yourself.
So if you know your triggers you can make yourself a care kit that might help you in the heat of the moment. For me, that would definitely be tissues, and some essential oils that relax you. I also always need a notebook for me, because I will have a mental breakdown if I can’t write because whatever is going on inside my head will consume me. Just pack a small bag of all the things that would help you if you ever get into that anxious situation.
Take Care to Prevent
When you take care of yourself at home, and make yourself happy, you normally don’t panic as much. So everyone, say it with me, out loud, TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF.
Some things I find that help me to prevent any attacks start at home with your mental health, and just making yourself happy. What helps me is having lockscreens and home screens on my phone of things that are meaningful to me, like my boyfriend and a close friend that make me happy. I also change up my space to something that’s open, and I light lots of candles the fire and the scents calm me.
Drinking water will also make your body feel better, and when your body feels better, so will you.
You also have to take time for yourself. When your like me, and you’re stuck in the center of stress and thinking you can’t do it, trying to catch up and get good grades. But when you’re working so hard, you must take some time for yourself. To take a shower, do a face mask, binge watch and episode of Riverdale take that hour to make yourself happy, because then you’ll be better when you go back to work. Because I know for a fact if I don’t take that hour for myself I will spend two hours having an anxiety attack/mental breakdown.
Yoga is another thing that helps. This year I wanted to get better at yoga, and I’ve been doing the 30 day yoga challenge with Yoga With Adriene on YouTube. Yoga allows me to meditate, connect to my God, my mind, my body, and my spirit, and as stupid as it sounds I feel peaceful, happy, and strong. But I take it as a time to draw closer to myself and to God, because when you remember that God is on your side, you know you can conquer anything.
So remember, you are not alone, an everyone deals with this! Some deal with it more than others. But never feel like you are alone. This is like my acne, it’s a continuous battle but it does get better. Thanks for sticking with me this far if you liked this like, and follow down below, and comment what things you want to see. Thanks for being here.