Jul 20, 2018

Self Care For Anxiety

We've heard how self-care is important for our well being, but it's not something that needs to cost us an arm and a leg to "Treat Yo Self". Social media is buzzing in the wellness community filling Instagram with posts of what #selfcare looks like. I've searched for Self Care Tips and Things to do for Self Care and it was mostly things about spending money or go for a long walk. Don't get me wrong, I love a good walk in the summer but I needed a way to practice self-care as well as to keep my anxiety under control and not let it get the best of me. 
Therefore, I made a list of 8 tips on Self Care For Anxiety.

1. Only Have One Cup Of coffee 
I can’t start my day without coffee. I have this weird routine where I prep everything the night before. My reusable K Cup for my ground coffee is washed and placed by my Keurig alongside my coffee mug right before I go to sleep. It makes my mornings so much easier to have things ready for me so I can save time and easily make my coffee while I’m still half asleep. If I’m rushing to get ready I get really overwhelmed and it messes up my day. As much as I love my coffee I can only have one a day. I used to have 2-3 but then one day at work, I had a bad episode with my anxiety in front of my boss. Yikes! Cutting back has definitely helped. 

2. Clean Your Space 
Surrounded by clutter is another trigger to my anxiety. I feel as though I can’t function, move around or find the things I need. When it comes to my room, keeping things organized can be tricky at times since I also use my room as a workspace for drawing and painting. Taking the time to properly organize and even clean the floors in my room feels like a fresh start. As long as I remember to put things back to where they belong my room stays clean! 

3. Do Something Creative
Drawing and painting are my favorite hobbies. Being creative is calming to me, unless I’m trying to draw a hand, then forget it! But in all seriousness, I love putting on a podcast, my favorite show on Netflix or even just listening to music while I’m painting. It’s my form of meditation since sitting still doesn't work for me. 

4. Buy A Plant 
When in doubt buy a plant. Even if you don’t want to (I don’t know why you wouldn’t) just go to the farmers market or your local plant shop and look around at the various plants they have available. Plants make people happy and give you oxygen so you can breathe! 

5. Call Mom, Then Call Dad 
I don’t think I will ever outgrow the need to call my parents and honestly I don’t ever want to. When I’m stuck inside my head I call my mom. I sometimes have a mini breakdown complaining that I feel like I’m not doing enough, I’m falling behind on my life, and questioning if I'm even good enough. Thankfully, Mom knows how to snap me out of it and tell me, "You got this!" Then after I’ve calmed down a bit, I call dad to confirm moms advice was good advice. Let’s be real. I don’t think dads can really handle a women’s breakdown so I give him a break. Having a perspective from both parents helps me realize I do have my shit together a lot more than I think. 

6. Go To The Gym
Exercise is really helpful in maintaining my anxiety. I must say, you need to have the right gym that you are comfortable working out in. When I’m in an uncomfortable place I get really anxious and stuck in my head about people judging me and watching me, even though they really aren’t. I try to keep a routine by going 2-3 days a week. I will admit I’ve had a few times where I’m dressed for the gym, hop into my car and then suddenly I’m panicked and don’t want to go. I’ve literally gotten out of my car and walked right back to my apartment and cuddled up in bed. I admit I need to be better at not letting my anxiety get the best of me at those times. I’m sure I missed a really good workout that day :( 

7. Shower By Candlelight
This is by far the best idea I’ve ever been given when it comes to relaxing in the shower. My best friend Cat who I’ve talked about in my Vintage shopping posts told me that she showers by candlelight to help her relax and unwind after a long day. You keep the bathroom lights off and have a few candles on the sink or any shelf you have available. The room is at a very low soft light and smells like a spa! I love to play jazz music while I do this. My go-to is the Soldier of Love Album by Sade (duh). I could stay in the shower for an hour when I do this. 

8. Enjoy Yourself
What kind of self-care list would this be if I didn't mention turning yourself on and getting yourself off? Obviously, this isn’t something that I do in the middle of my anxiety acting up but perfect to do after taking a relaxing shower. Just because your partner isn’t in the room doesn’t mean you can’t get sexy for yourself! I love putting on my black silk robe, lighting a candle and using my Bullet Vibrator or Rabbit Vibrator. If toys aren’t your thing just use your hands! Perfect time to practice on what to tell your partner what you do and don’t like. 

I hope these tips help you! 
Feel better loves! 

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