I’ve had anxiety since I was in 2nd year so I was first diagnosed around 4 years ago. I’ve had it a long time but over the years I’ve learned different ways to cope with my anxiety and make it easier to live with. In today’s post I’m going to share with you some ways you can also learn to live with your anxiety.
Deep breaths/going outside for a walk
Sometimes if I’m really anxious I’ll listen to some soothing music or guided meditation. I usually just take some deep breaths for a few minutes or go for a 30 min walk to relax.
I’ve tried my best to give up the whole negative thinking and while I do get bad days, by embracing positive thinking and being grateful, it has drastically changed my mood and indeed my outlook on life.
Accepting that I’m not perfect
I might always have anxiety because it’s genetic but that doesn’t mean I can’t keep being myself. So what if I get anxious at the till or my hands start shaking if I’m speaking in public? I still exercise, watch my favorite 80s movies, laugh at funny vines. I’m still me.
Showing people the door
Let’s face it, lots of people suffer from anxiety. While you will meet people who are understanding of your disorder, you will also meet people who might judge or criticize you because of your mental health. In that case, show them the door.
Sometimes when I get a bit overwhelmed I just want to escape for a while so I read a book. It helps me leave reality for a little bit until I’m feeling better.
Listening to music
This one pretty much speaks for itself. If I listen to calming music or even songs about anxiety, it helps me cope with it.
Whether I’m walking in the fresh air or gone for a late night swim, exercise instantly improves my mood and is an important factor in reducing my anxiety.
So there you have it. How I learned to cope with my anxiety and how you can too. Thanks for reading x