I have been very transparent the last few weeks about what has been going on in my world. Being laid off from my job has been quite the roller coaster, but I’ve been proud of myself for remaining relatively positive and optimistic despite it all.
Since I am someone who is prone to anxiety so there’s no doubt that I have had my moments of stress, worry, and feeling like I’m walking that fine upcoming-meltdown line. Generally, it lasts a few hours versus a full day (or many days) but I’m going to be honest, they do happen.
With all that said, I thought it would be beneficial to share how I handle those moments of stress and anxiety and a few ideas of what’s hiding inside my little bag of tricks…
What I Do When Anxiety Hits Hard
Generally 5 to 10 minutes will get the job done and help me get back to a place of positivity. I may not have the answers, but I always leave feeling more confident in my ability to figure out whatever is bothering me.
Take a nap
Let’s get real..sometimes we just need a nap. I’m not generally a nap taker but sometimes I can recognize that my stress is being escalated because I’m tired and haven’t been getting enough rest lately. A 20-minute nap is perfect without over-taking my entire day.
Reach for my oils
Essential oils are perfect in moments like this. I love to diffuse lavender, balance, or come up with one of my own blends with whatever oils are calling my name at that moment.
Get in a workout
For me, this can be lifting weights, a run, a long walk, bike ride, or even yoga. The simple act of moving my body is meditative for me and helps me come back to a more level place. From there I can move forward, make decisions, or think more clearly about the issue at hand.
Talk it out
Friends and family are great for this. Even if they can’t always understand everything going through your mind, they can often help brainstorm ideas for the issue at hand. I was having to make a pretty serious decision with not nearly as much time or information as I would have liked to make it. It was not black and white by any means but after talking to a friend, she made a suggestion that I hadn’t even thought of. Was it the right solution? That’s still TBD but it gave me something else to look into that could help make my decision easier and more comfortable.
What do you do when anxiety hits?
I am no doctor and I don’t make light of the fact that for some people, these natural solutions may still not be enough but they have helped me and I hope they help you too. Please seek out additional counselling and services, should you need additional support. Much love.