I’ve always been incredibly open about the fact that I struggle with anxiety. It’s developed over the years and definitely has its high and lows.
These past couple of months it’s been on the increase and this time, I stumbled across one major problem…
I couldn’t workout like I normally would.
For me, one of the ways I’ve always managed my anxiety has been through fitness. Not only does exercising regularly keep it fairly low, it’s also a great tool when it’s at its peak to distract myself.
Whether it’s getting outside & going for a walk, or heading to the gym, it was my number one tool to combat the worst feelings of panic.
Not being able to use that solution forced me to get creative so I wanted to share some of the things that have been helping me recently:
𝟷. 𝘎𝘶𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘮𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘰𝘥𝘤𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘴. Seriously. I used to insist upon the fact that I didn’t meditate. Go figure, it has been the magical thing to help me fall asleep every night. I’ve been using spotify and our online workout library as resources for some great ones.
𝟸. 𝘊𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢 𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘥, 𝘮𝘺 𝘴𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳, 𝘰𝘳 𝘮𝘺 𝘮𝘰𝘮. Actually owning up to the fact that I’m struggling, or simply hearing more about their day and updates has been helping a ton.
𝟹. 𝘚𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘺𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦. Yes I am the biggest introvert on the planet, but I’m also learning that I do a whole lot better when I’m surrounded by others vs. being alone. Actually making an effort to have less solo time and prioritize a bit more of a social life has made all the different.
𝟺. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝟻-𝟺-𝟹-𝟸-𝟷 𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘥. I literally stop what I’m doing, breathe and focus on 5 things I can see,
4 things I can physically feel, 3 things I can hear, 2 things I can smell, and 1 thing I can taste. It stops my panic in its tracks and brings me back to the present.
While these aren’t perfect solutions, they’ve been so helpful in keeping me grounded while things have been a bit out of normalcy. If you struggle with anxiety, I hope they’ll be helpful to you, and please know I am always here if you need a listening ear.
𝐃𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐠𝐠𝐥𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐱𝐢𝐞𝐭𝐲? 𝐀𝐧𝐲𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐛𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐭?