Today is #NationalStressAwareness day and I figured it was pretty fitting to chat with you all about ways I unwind, take a breather, and just relax. I've always been a worrier; to the point where it creates unnecessary stress and anxiety in my life. It's inevitable - whether I'm worried about a comment I made two days ago to a friend or just thinking about my list of things to-do for the following day. I lay in bed at night and think. Maybe it's because I'm more of a creative type and I'm always thinking, writing, etc. I'm an overanayzer. I'm a worrier. And I'm guilty for having anxiety. Phew I said it.
It's something I used to hide behind, pretend I was totally fine, but hey - if I can help one person get over the stigma anxiety has then I've done something right.
. Rewind about a year ago, I wasn't able to sleep. I was stressing out over absolutely nothing and then it happened. I had my first panic attack. Maybe it was the timing of everything, last summer was a little stressful, but nonetheless, I tried everything I could do to kick the anxiety. I'm the type that never wants anything to control my life - and I certainly was not about to let anxiety control me. I had to do something.
These little tips and tricks might not work for you, but they certainly have helped me along the way. Give them a go and let me know in the comments if you've tried any of them and/or if you have any tips up your sleeve:
Workout, workout, workout. I know it's pretty much a given that working out will help reduce anxiety, however, the real remedy is AM workouts. If you're thinking I absolutely cannot get up early and workout, I get it; I've been there. But bare with me for a second. When you get up early (once you make it a habit, I promise it's not that bad) and get your workout in, you're kick starting your day on a good note. You're absolutely releasing the tension that has been built up and you're completely reenergized to take on your day. It's seriously amazing. The hard part? Getting into that routine of rolling out of bed at 6am or before work / school. Once you conquer that, you'll absolutely love it. I promise.
Me Time Is Major Key
As you all know I'm an ambivert (see: Introvert vs. Extrovert), meaning I absolutely adore my me-time. Whether that means I throw some sweats on and binge watch my latest show or head to a coffee shop to grab an iced coffee - those tiny moments I have for some alone time are just enough to reenergize me and bring me back to life.
To know me, is to know that I'm all about natural remedies. Vitamins, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, oil pulling -- you name it and I've done it. Then magnesium came along and I knew it was going to be a game changer for my daily routine. If you've ever had sleepy time tea - you've had magnesium. Its benefits include: calms nerves & anxiety, helps with digestion, helps increase energy, relieves muscle aches and spasms, and more. Overall it's a really great addition to your routine, especially if you're prone to anxiety. I usually take 2 if I'm anxious or need a little relaxer before I head to bed. I highly recommend it.
Decaf It Up
If you're an avid coffee drinker, like me, then you know that coffee is always a part of your day. From when I get up in the morning I have a cup as I'm doing my makeup and when I head to work -- I have at least have two more. It's a lot of caffeine, you guys. Honestly, I've been trying to kick the over abundance of caffeine in my life by switching to decaf. Ok, ok, ok - hear me out. I actually like the taste of coffee and I fool myself by switching up my regular K-cups for decaf ones. It really does help with anxiety and still gives me that pseudo 'caffeine' kick. If that's not your cup of tea, try getting the half caff / half decaf K-cups.
I'm one of those people who always, always, always has to be playing music. Typically, I opt for something that's upbeat, keeps me awake and energized, however, if I'm having a stressful day I stay far away from the upbeat jams, especially in the AM. More often than not, I choose some more soothing and chill music. This is one of my go-to playlists that I love listening to while getting ready for work.
What are some of your go-to tips for stress?