A couple of weeks ago I posted about my anxiety hitting an all-time high and the urge from my doctor that I needed to break the cycle. While I am still having anxiety issues on a frequent basis, I have started doing a few things to help me deal with my anxiety issues.
Here are the three changes that I am seeing the greatest benefit from so far:
Starting a journal was also a New Year’s resolution to help me deal with my anxiety. Each night before we go to bed I take a few minutes to write down my thoughts and things that are stressing me out. Sometimes it is just talking out the day. It has helped a ton. I notice now that when I do wake up at night worrying about something, I fall back to sleep sooner because I know I wrote it down and started to work out my feelings.
I have trouble communicating my feelings, and I am so thankful that my husband is helping me more than ever to really talk about what I am worrying or thinking about. He listens and talks through things with me. It has helped so much. Things I was looming about are no longer and I already see myself willing to talk even the weirdest topics that I thought were a waste of time in the past.
At work I am the queen of eating through my lunch or running errands on lunch. Even though running errands is taking a lunch it is still a stress trigger because I was not having time to calm down and reset. So now, I am packing my lunch and for now I am going in my car (not sure what I am going to do in the summer), eating my lunch and reading a book. I notice I am coming back less stressed and have a higher tolerance for dealing with those stressful situations. Even on days that I only have 20 minutes and not a full-hour I am forcing myself to walk away.
I have been looking for quotes to continue to inspire and give me strength. There is one quote that I fell in love with by Lao Tzu which says:
I am nowhere near completing my journey and I don’t ever think I will be, but for the first time I in a long time I am feeling the confidence that once again that I am control.