5 TIPS TO LESSEN ANXIETY
My late 20’s was when I first developed anxiety. Everyone around me seemed to be landing their dream jobs and finding their soulmate, but nothing was changing for me. I became stressed with the realization that my life was not panning out the way I thought it would. I’ve spent a lot of years being a passive participant in my own life and allowing my stress and anxiety to win, but over the past year I’ve really began to focus on being the best version of myself. Today I want to share with you 5 practical tips I’ve come up with to combat stress, worry, and anxiety.
Pray/Meditate: When the world and my problems feel overwhelming, I HAVE to take them to God. I can physically feel a weight lifted off my chest when I do so. No matter what your beliefs are, taking time out of your day to be silent, recognize what’s causing you stress, and mentally distance your spirit from these stresses can be a game changer.
Express Gratitude: Keeping your mind focused on the positive will do wonders for your outlook on life. Every Sunday I write down one good experience I had that week or something I’m grateful for and put it in a jar. At the end of the year, I’m going to read through each one and allow my memories of the year to be shaped by positivity. ☺
Affirm: There’s a ton of discourse in the world about the power of the tongue and speaking things into existence. I believe that consistently affirming your value and worth is always a good thing. I have affirmations written in my phone that I look at throughout the day. I also periodically write them on a chalkboard by the front door of my apartment, so I can see them before I face the world each morning.
Self-Care: Self-Care is the best care! Whatever makes you happy (within reason) is fair game! I’m always amazed at how fast my stress can dissipate when I take time to do something enjoyable for myself.
Take Action: If your circumstances are causing you anxiety, change them! If you feel that there are too many things in your life you want to change and are overwhelmed by the task, make a plan for what you want to achieve and schedule time throughout the week to work on your goals. Your progress might be small at first, but momentum will build, and before you know it you’ll be much further in the process than you were weeks ago!
I’d love to know what you all do to get rid of anxiety. Do you have any tips I didn’t mention? Let’s create a dialogue and help each other out! We are too strong and beautiful to allow anxiety to control our lives!
xo xo Kris Joy