Dealing with anxiety is tough and can be different for everyone. Here are a few helpful tips to manage and deal with anxiety every day, providing you with some insight or support.
I. GET OUTSIDE
First of all, it’s all scientifically proven that spending time outside with Mother Nature is a source of good for your mental and physical well-being. Not only does it increase blood flow, which works wonders for your bod, but it also increases your creative flow. This is what I like to call untangling your headphones, you are free with your own mind, fresh air and some good ole Vitamin D. Whether it’s a 10 minute walk around the neighborhood or a hike at your favorite trail, get outside, it’ll be worth every minute.
II. BE REALISTIC
I know, easier said than done, right? Wrong. How old are you? Where have you traveled? What have you experienced? What have you accomplished? Have you graduated high school? Got a GED? Live on your own? Kept an animal or even another human (baby) alive? Have you gotten so angry waiting in line at your local coffee shop already running late for work and decide to punch the old man in front of you in the throat? Those questions are seriously fun to ask yourself, especially because I bet there’s a ton of shit you’ve accomplished or moments where you had self control and didn’t punch anyone in the throat, even when you really wanted to. I get it. But somewhere along the lines, you might realize you’ve found yourself in at a point where, 4 or 5 years prior THIS was the life you dreamed of, isn’t that crazy? It’s easy to look at what you don’t have.. yet just as easy to look at what you do have.. you are better off than you think you are or have realized yet. I believe we have it so good and sometimes we don’t even stop to think about it, let alone the fact that there is almost always someone out there who has it worse than you. And I mean, way worse. Like, you’ve probably got a bed right? Some people sleep on fucking dirt.
III. VISUALIZE/THINK AHEAD
There’s literally always something to look forward to. Family dinner, a new season of your favorite TV show, spending the night with your friends watching music videos until 1am, spontaneous road trips, the sound of the rain, good morning texts, your favorite artists finally touring your city, your mf birthday, etc. the list could go on! Whatever it is, start generating thoughts around what you have to look forward to or simply the little things. This exercise can help get you out of your pretty little head and thinking about all the things you have to be grateful for and have to look forward to in the coming weeks or even months.
IV. WRITE OUT SOME NEW GOALS + ACTION LISTS
Bored? Feeling stuck? Not sure what your next project or job should be? That’s okay, none of us have it figured out. So take a moment and connect with yourself to generate thoughts and ideas of some things you would like to do or accomplish in the coming weeks or months. Notice I titled this to include action lists, creating small steps to accomplish a bigger goal makes it more fun:
a. Write more lists
b. Better execute a plan on saving for a new car, scheduling regular blog posts, finding a time that works best to workout, meal planning, getting started on that endless list of books you want to read.
c. Step by step, you can create a path and set yourself up to finish what you have started.
You got this.
V. WRITE+ REFLECT
Write because there’s sort of this magic that happens when you do. Pen to paper has a way of sort of engraving something in our brains. It makes your thoughts and ideas permanent, forcing you to think or go back to it later, igniting something in the brain. Write it out, rap it out, record a voice memo, record a video, type it into a word document, anything to get your thoughts out of your pretty little head and to a place where you can read, hear, see them. Reflect upon what you did in the last week or two, what you liked, what you didn’t, what you learned, what you got excited about, what you appreciate and what you’re going to do next week. Reflect and grow babes.
xoxo // thoughts of a rebel