This is a super personal post for me, as I’ve recently come to terms with the fact that I may have some anxiety in my day to day life. Everything kind of came to a head this weekend during my move. While the apartment is beyond lovely and I’m so excited to be there, my stress, preparation, anxiousness and “I can do it all alone” attitude came flooding in at once over the weekend. The result was jitters, exhaustion, grumpiness and a general blue feeling that lasted for more than I’d like.
Of course, being the PR girl I am, I immediately went to the internet for solutions and explanations to my feelings. Why am I left feeling down after a stressful time? Why does one action at work ruin my whole day? Why does one cranky conversation lead to five more?
It’s a trait of our generation that we like a quick fix to almost everything. And while we hope that $9 pressed juice will immediately make us ecstatic, the truth of it is… sometimes we just need to feel our mood. Whether that’s happy, blue, calm, excited or angry. Feelings happen, and while we can influence them we can’t necessarily control them.
So while it is perfectly healthy to try to accept the state you’re in, here are a few quick tricks I’ve learned in the past week when trying to come back to a calm and content state during anxious times whether it be at work or in life:
Eat/make something comforting – When I’m super stressed, the last thing I think of doing is putting food in my mouth. My to-do list is already a mile long and food is just not on it. This is an awful way to set yourself for success. No one wants to see you faint while giving your presentation. If you’re a nervous person and your stomach gets weird during times of stress (like I am), eat something you love that is comforting and nourishing. My favorite is peanut butter and jam on toasted cinnamon raisin bread. If I’m home, I also like to do my food prep for the week to calm myself down, like making mason jar salads or quinoa pilaf.
Get outside - AFTER you’ve nourished yourself (again, no fainting in the street please), try to go for a walk in the fresh air. Just 10 minutes can do wonders. Take deep breaths.
Exercise frequently – I now tell myself that I try to exercise every day. When I was just aiming for 4 days a week, usually I’d make it just 2. When I aim for exercise 7 days a week, I make it usually 5 or 6 times. Consistent exercise is important to keep your blood pumping and thinking clear. Running is my favorite, but spin class or weights help too.
Look for natural solutions – I’m all about nature’s cure these days. When I’m super exhausted all day, I know that means I’m low in either protein or iron. If I can’t sleep, I’m trying to add Valerian Root before bed to calm me down. Changes in my diet or herbal supplements/teas help me tremendously. Of course, if I have a pounding headache, I do still rely on ibuprofen in moderation.
Try something new/find a distraction – I’m getting into documentaries on Netflix since I cannot watch The Paradise on repeat any more. I’m also trying to find a new hot yoga studio near my apartment. Keeping your mind learning is a great way to take your mind off what’s stressing you and throw yourself into a new practice.
Do you ever feel anxious? What are your solutions?