If you are struggling with anxiety then you must be aware that keeping your anxiety in check is an everyday chore. Everyone out there who is going through this dark phase, of you, may be in a different zone where seeking professional help is something you need time for and that is completely fine. You must realize that seeking a professional’s advice is extremely important irrespective of the intensity of your situation, and you should do it later or sooner. But for now, here are 6 things to do to keep your anxiety in check until you hop on the horse and go straight for your long journey of self-healing, self-discovery, and self-love!
Here are a few ways to deal with your anxiety naturally:
1. Take a walk with nature
As simple as this sounds, the effectiveness of taking a walk around nature should never be second-guessed. Moving away from your regular space and spending some time in your garden, listening to nature’s voices and being in the zone can help you relieve stress and centre your mind. Doing this every day for 15 to 20 minutes maximum can help you with your anxiety and make you feel fresh enough to return to your desk.
Yes, some may say affirmations don’t work, but have you tried it yet? Affirmations do work if you manifest them regularly. It is a systematic way to jot down positive statements, and saying them to yourself regularly can help you build confidence and make positive changes. Whenever you find yourself in an anxious state of mind, remind yourself of things that will help you come back to your current state of mind.
We all experience anxiety in different ways, and it takes us to a place that belongs in the past. We then start to think and worry about how it could have worked in our favour and focus on the “what ifs” and “buts” scenarios. Below are some affirmations that I use on bad mental health days and even on an everyday basis.
Here’s my version:
“I am doing my best”, “I am healthy”, “I control my thoughts and emotions”, “My decisions are mine, and no one can tell me otherwise”, “I am whole as a person”, “My mental peace is important”, “I deserve good things”, “I am calm and composed”, “I will not tolerate injustice”, and “I am loved”.
These are some common affirmations I practice on an everyday basis. Why don’t you make a note of your affirmations and we can discuss in the community section how it works for you?
3. Writing down your thoughts
This is the most talked-about point for a reason. When we write down our thoughts, we try to put them all together about how we are feeling, and jotting them down can help you come to terms with your situation. Writing can help you express better and understand what makes you feel this way. It is a very effective method to cope with your anxiety and helps you to deal with it healthily.
4. Smelling nice = Less stressed
Not sure how this would work for you, but it surely works like magic for me. Smelling nice helps me to feel less stressed; I feel fresh, relaxed, and energetic. We all like specific types of fragrances, and it differs from person to person.
Buy products with a fragrance that you connect with and include them in your bathing routine or night-time skincare routine. Smelling certain plants oils can also do the trick as it is known to reduce anxiety and help you feel relaxed.
5. Do something you love!
We are often so tied up with work that we forget that we have to maintain a healthy screen time and enjoy our life off the computer screens. Taking out time for your hobbies can help you stay on track with your chaotic thoughts, make you feel contented, and happy.
This activity need not be anything major as it can be anything from cooking, reading, baking, cycling, dancing, gardening, to even dressing up for a change if you want to. Don’t let someone tell you that you are being too much just for having some me time.
6. Performing any physical activity
Practising yoga or working out regularly is not only good for your body, but also takes care of your mind. Being engaged in any form of physical activity helps to release stress and calm your anxiety. You can also allocate 5-10 minutes of your workout routine to some breathe-work. If you are not a big fan of hitting the gym like me, yoga and meditation can be your best pick.
Experiencing anxiety? Let’s discuss and share what works best.