Lets talk about Anxiety...

January 23, 2017

Please note, I haven't been medically diagnosed with anxiety and trust me when I say that I do not take the condition lightly. This is just a post to talk through my feelings of anxiousness and how I will manage them to prevent me getting to a point where I need professional help. The idea is to share tips on what others do to ease anxious feelings.

Until the last 12 months or so, I had never been an anxious person. I am more of a brush it off, make a sarcastic comment and laugh about how much stuff I haven't done yet kind of person.

Last year was one of my busiest yet and many things in my life have completely changed since 12 months ago. Now I find myself struggling to make decisions, not wanting to go to out and generally being irritable and worried about everything.

I have noticed this even more so over the last few weeks. With mental health issues quite prevalent in my family history, I really want to get a grasp on this before it starts slipping out of my control.

So how am I feeling now? Well, this is probably the most anxious I've ever been. I find myself with that tight chest feeling multiple times a day and have to take a few minutes, a few deep breaths and ask myself what's wrong before it eases up. I think a lot of my stress comes from not feeling very good at my job and not feeling like I know what I'm doing in life. I'm always tired. I struggle to motivate myself to go out and socialise, I'd much rather be sat on the sofa watching TV. Which brings me to... health. I know I need to get back to the gym and eat healthily, knowing this will also make me feel better, but with little motivation to do anything... it's kind of a vicious cycle.

But I am aware of what I need to do and starting is the hardest part.While I'm always aiming to get more sleep, exercise more, be more proactive at work etc., sometimes it's not possible. Sometimes it all gets a bit overwhelming. So I thought outlining three relatively easy tasks for me should make it a little easier to begin with.

1. So my first port of call is to cut out alcohol. I don't really drink regularly anyway but when I do get drunk, it does make me feel worse for days afterwards. This shouldn't be too difficult for me and long term, I will definitely aim to only drink alcohol on special social occasions.

2. Next is to read before bed. I love reading before bed but I'm usually too tired to do so or can't be bothered.  My aim is to look at my phone less and a book more. I will probably aim to go to bed a little earlier and get up a little earlier.

3. And finally: eat healthily at least 5 days a week.This is hard for me. I'm a massive foodie and always turn to something yummy when I want a pick-me-up. I want to allow myself a couple of days to enjoy eating out or having a big Sunday dinner at my mum's but also be able to control my diet for the rest of the time.

I'm also going to give Headspace a go and try to give myself some more time to think things through. Being able to write things down is a huge help for me and really let's me gather some clarity on my situation so I will try to do that as much as possible too.

How do you manage your anxiety? What works best for you?

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