I. GET OUTSIDE ASAP
Take a walk, go to your favorite hiking trail, that one park so you can swing, jog it out, meditate, practice yoga, speed walk to the gas station to get your favorite drink. Get outside and breathe that fresh air, breathe in, breathe out.
Remind yourself, “Everything is going to be okay. Everything is okay. I am okay.”
II. SERIOUSLY, REMIND YOURSELF “EVERYTHING IS OKAY.”
Because it is, whether or not you believe it or can even comprehend such things at a time like this. Whether you need to repeat it out loud to yourself a hundred times, write it on a sticky note, scroll through Pinterest to find yourself a new motivating wallpaper for your phone. You can ask your partner/roommate/family member (wow, you can even call, FaceTime or text them, right then) and ask them to tell you, “Everything is going to be okay.”
Because it is.
III. SHAKE IT OUT
Shake it out and move your body anyway you can! Uncross your arms, uncross your legs, get out of the fetal position, get out of the closet or your dark ass room that has all the blinds closed and lights shut off. Would you lock your kid, girlfriend, pet or grandma alone to have a pity party for 40 minutes? Then why would you do that to yourself? It’s a wonder, I mean, we are only human and this shit happens. So get up, get out, get moving anyway you can or know how. Shake it out sugar!
IV. BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT
It’s pretty silly how we forget to breathe, especially in these moments. If you can focus on your breath:
a. It gives your brain something to focus on in comparison-
b. Helps calm your body down and slow down any hyperventilating
Reset your mind, body and soul with breathing exercises.
If you haven’t meditated before or haven’t had ‘the time’, now might be a good time to start.
V. DRINK WHAT YOUR BODY IS MADE OF – MUNCH
Yes, drink, drink, drink water. You might be dehydrated and either way it is good for you. If you can eat or munch on something, that can help with how you are feeling or simply distract yourself momentarily. This can give your brain something to focus on and/or your body may be in dire need of it right now.
Always remember, you are never alone in this. We may experience anxiety differently but at the end of the day we are all human. Everything will always get better. Everything IS okay and you are tough as hell.
xoxo // thoughts of a rebel
If you think you are thirsty or hungry, you’re probably already dehydrated. Do your best to take of yourself loves.