Friday Five – Tackling Anxiety

Hello Everyone! 

 Anxiety has been on my mind a lot recently, and I know how real and crippling it can be. It’s not something you can just wish away, because believe me, if I could I would have done that years ago. Although, I have found some things that really help calm my anxiety and keep it at bay.
For today’s Friday Five, I want to share with you five things that I have found to really help me deal with my anxiety. I hope these things can help you too.
1. Water and Mints 

These two are my MVPs. Fairly self-explanatory, but my go-to at the first signs of anxiety. My personal favorite mints have to be these. I HAVE to have these at hand while performing. No exceptions. And with water, it’s always good to be hydrated! My skin as well as my mind thank me later for the water I drink.
 2. Fragrance

Fragrances have a way setting the mood of a room, which if you think about it, can be quite essential when experiencing anxiety. Candles, diffusers, bath bombs, lotions, and even perfumes with notes like bergamot, lavender, eucalyptus, mint, ylang ylang, frankincense, and citrus help to calm senses, lower heart rates, and ease breathing. Candles are a must for me. I’m obsessed with them and always have a supply on hand as well as a few going throughout the house. (Some favorites: this onethis one, and this one) So good!

If you’re not a candle-burner, and suffer from anxiety, I highly recommend getting one with some off these notes. It seems like something so small, but it makes such a difference.

I have to just say how amazing bath bombs are while I’m here and we are on the subject. First off, just taking a bubble bath has a way of making me feel relaxed and like I am doing something good for myself. Then, pair that with bath bombs that have anti-anxiety notes…perfection. (Some favorites: this onethis onethis one, and this one) Take time for yourself and breathe in deep. 

 3. Singing 
I know this maybe seems silly, but honestly this has been one of the most effective things to combat my anxiety. If I start to feel anxious about something, and I am not around tons of people, I start singing songs with positive lyrics. I’ve found even humming works if I don’t want to sing. There’s something about the vibrations from the singing and the way it requires you to breathe that almost instantly slows my heart rate and calms me down. Has anyone else found this to be true?
 4. Distraction  
Distractions, especially ones that involve laughter, work wonders for my anxiety. Whether that be watching a funny TV show (i.e. Jane The Virgin or Friends), or a favorite YouTuber (TatiKate La Vie, or Samantha for me at the moment), or being around someone who makes me laugh (my boyfriend does this very well<3), distractions do just that: distract and help me forget I was anxious in the first place. I don’t know about you, (but I’m feeling 22…anyone?) but sometimes I get anxious about being anxious! That’s why I always try to find good distractions in my life and have them at the ready.
 5. Confidence

This one is probably the most difficult one, and honestly it doesn’t always work. I believe this helps more in the long run than for individual spurts of anxiety. By confidence, I mean knowing what is true and repeating to myself my anti-fear chants such as
“Everything is going to be ok”
“You’ve got this”
“You are not going to break your foot again”
 “Just because someone else is sick does not mean you are going to get sick too”
“It’s ok to not know what’s going to happen”
“You are not alone”
“One step at a time”
“The ‘what ifs’ aren’t real, focus on the now and what is true”

Sometimes journalling and writing things down helps put things into perspective and relieves some fear and anxiety I am facing.

I hope some of these things help you like they have helped me. Please comment down below if you use any of these methods or share some of your own! I love to get advice from you guys. xx

One more thing…
Anxiety, don’t touch me!

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