Thursday, February 17, 2022

Dealing With Anxiety

 The word ‘anxiety’ has become so commonplace; I see “anxiety”  mentioned in so many places: texts, emails, conversations, and social media. I think it is fair to say that the past two years have been a lot for most people, and not just because of the pandemic. I have to say though, at times, in the mist of the pandemic, it seems that a mental health epidemic has manifested in the mist of everything else. 

I think the environment right now just fosters a sense of anxiety on certain days, and I for one struggle with anxiety from time to time. I honestly have to fight off anxiety sometimes and just try to concentrate on the present, what I’m doing, what I can do, and if there isn’t anything I can do about something I just do my best to try to let it go. At the start of 2020 I had just gotten out of a long-term serious relationship, so when the pandemic hit I really made it a point to concentrate on certain things, letting stressful things go, and reducing my anxiety level that naturally developed over 2020. Here are a few things that I have started practicing within the past two year that have helped me, so hopefully they will help any of you who might need a little help managing you anxiety levels at times. 


I started practicing yoga around 2014 and absolutely fell in love with it. The mediative element, concentrating on your breath and body really do help to center to center the soul and the mind. If you are having trouble sleeping, managing stress or anxiety, I highly recommend giving yoga a try. 



I have started this year out with the denotational book, 100 Days of Believing Bigger, and it is honestly my favorite one I have used so far. The devotionals are just long enough, always lead you to a positive form of reflection, and leave you with the feeling that there really is something out there bigger than yourself. For me personally, I feel like this is a good way to center myself and redirect my mind. 


Less Sugar

I feel like this one is probably  a pretty obvious one for most… but I thought I would put it in here because every time I have one too many cokes or a little extra sugar than I should, it takes me a little while longer to fall asleep.



I have found that Unpluging an hour before bed makes all the difference in the world. Just reading and making a point to set my phones aside at night really does make for a better nights rest



I feel like water has so many health benefits overall, but I have found drinking water at night really prevents me from snacking or reaching for a coke



Showers just seem like a natural end of the day routine to me. They are always relaxing and a way to single to my body that it’s time to start winding down



I wouldn’t recommend a thriller before bed, but just a nice low key book helps me to get to a point where I’m ready for sleep 

Talk to Someone

I am so glad that mental health has been brought to the forefront. In my opinion it is just as important as physical health. From my perspective it always helps to talk with someone 

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