Sometimes I have anxiety. It sucks -a lot. I get paranoid about every little thing and I become withdrawn, sensitive, and anxious about everything. I am afraid to upset the people I love and afraid that everything I do is the wrong thing. Even things that make me happy and things that I know logically aren't bad in any way. Like spending time to create this blog and read the blogs of others. That is a perfectly alright thing to do, but sometimes I get awful anxiety about it because I am worried that the people in my life are going to start to resent me for being on computer for an hour or two at a time. I know it sounds silly, but that's the truth of it.
When I get really bad anxiety there is very little I can do to make it go away until I go to bed and sleep it off. But I do have ways that I lessen the stress a little bit and that's what I wanted to share with you all today, just in case anyone else suffers from this kind of mental behaviour and could use some help handling it.
1. Hot tea. Overdone? Maybe. But a hot mug of green tea with a tiny bit of honey does wonders for my nerves. And if I need help falling asleep (anxiety wages a war in my head that makes it hard to drift off into unconsciousness for the night) I usually brew a mug of chamomile. It usually knocks me out within the hour.
2. Comfy clothes. When I get really bad I like to be in clothes that don't restrict me in any way. Pajamas are a good option, or leggings and a baggy t-shirt. I usually opt for a sweater of some sort as well and a head-scarf. I hate feeling exposed when I have anxiety.
3. Deep breaths. I take a lot of deep breaths when I am over stressed and I can feel my paranoia and anxiety taking over my mind. I close my eyes and focus on inhaling and exhaling until I can force some kind of logic to appear.
4. Distraction. Distracting myself is one of the best ways I deal with anxiety. I pick up a really good book and get lost in it, or I open my computer and poke around etsy or tumblr. Doing something that brings my mind to another place really helps. Sometimes not thinking about what is stressing me out so much is the best course of action.
I hope that is helpful to someone out there in the blogosphere. I wanted to share because I have been experiencing this anxiety on and off for the past few weeks and I didn't want to pretend like everything was fine and dandy here on the blog. I wanted to be able to open up a bit in this space, but I didn't want to sound whiney, so I figured a "tips" post would be a good medium level.
How do you combat stress and anxiety?