5 Ways I Deal With My Anxiety
Anxiety and depression are both things I have dealt with since I was a teenager. I don’t really talk about it that much except with my family and close friends, but today I’m changing that! Tons of people have depression and anxiety. We should be talking openly with each other, sharing what’s worked for us (and what hasn’t), and breaking the stigma that accompanies mental health. If you aren’t comfortable talking about it, I get it. It has taken me a long to open up, and I’m still working on it. Below, I’ve listed some things that have helped me cope with anxiety lately. Everyone is different, so these may not work for you like they do for me, but then again, maybe they will!
1) I’m getting outside and moving
Exercise and nature have been proven to help people with anxiety and depression. I think the hardest part when you’re struggling with mental issues is to get yourself dressed and step out the door. However, once you do it, you won’t regret it. Many people don’t understand why I love running so much. It’s not because I love running, per se, but I love the way it makes me feel. I always feel less anxious afterwards, it gives me more energy, and helps me sleep better at night.
2) I’m taking dietary supplements
Just recently I’ve started taking Serene and Kavinace by NeuroScience (thanks to my mom for the recommendation!). I was on a very small dose of anxiety/depression medication, but decided I wanted to try using dietary supplements instead. So far, I’ve noticed it helps me sleep better and feel calmer during the day. I will give another update when I’ve taken them consistently for a few months. Before you consider trying this, please talk to your doctor!
3) I’m cutting back on caffeine
This is so hard for me! I LOVE, love, love coffee, but I’ve found it is not a good combo with anxiety. I’m not going cold turkey though…I’m gradually weening off. I used to drink 4-5 cups a day. Now I drink two. #Progress. My next step is going to be switching out one of those cups with tea (I love matcha!) which has less caffeine than coffee.
4) I’m talking to friends/family members about it
This has been another challenge for me. It’s hard talking about something so personal. Luckily, I have people around me who deal with the same issues or know someone who does. My advice is to talk with someone you know deals with anxiety or someone who is generally supportive and non-judgmental. Some people don’t “believe” in things like anxiety and depression (maybe because they’ve never dealt with it or maybe because they don’t understand it?). Avoid those people.
5) I’m doing yoga
I’ve tried meditating and have been unsuccessful with it. My thoughts race, I can’t sit still, and I get impatient. Hopefully one day I will find a meditation technique that works for me. The second best thing is yoga, so that’s what I do. I’m too busy focusing on the pose, breathing, and the difficulty of it all to think… which is perfect! Yoga distracts me, helps me relax, and helps me focus on my breathing. Every time I finish a yoga session, I notice a huge difference in my anxiety level.
I hope you can try one or two of these suggestions and see if they work for you like they are working for me. I am continuously learning how to deal with anxiety, so any other suggestions and advice are welcome!