7 January 2018

5 REMEDIES FOR AN ANXIOUS MIND


Most people experience a sense of anxiety at some point in their life and it could literally be triggered by anything. It can be frustrating, confusing and frightening at times, especially if you aren't equipped to deal with it when it bares its ugly head. I'm by no means a professional, but I wanted to share a few useful tips that help me bounce back when I'm feeling a little worse for wear. 

slow down 
One thing that anxiety does very well is speeds everything up... like lightening fast. Everything from racing thoughts, a pounding heart and rapid breathing, which obviously isn't good for your health and decision making. Soon as you start to feel that rush, try and move a little slower and see if there's anything else that you can do intentionally slower. I like to make a cup of peppermint tea, but instead of rushing I try to be more mindful of the process. Everything from filling the kettle to boiling it and finally brewing the tea. 

reality check
I remember when I was practising driving (many years ago) I used to panic about tricky junctions that were about a mile to two miles away from where I was. However, I was in the company of a fantastic driving instructor who obviously wouldn't let us come to any harm, so really it wasn't as scary as my mind was trying to make it. Anxiety often stems from fear of events that haven't taken place and mixed with the power and creativity of our minds it can cause you to feel extremely fearful. Just ask yourself is it just fear or a fact?

lie down and look up
As much as I like meditation and the benefits associated with it, sometimes you can feel too jumpy to even meditate. For someone who isn't familiar with meditation, simply lying down and looking up can do the world of good in easing how you're feeling. If you can't do this outside just find a place where you feel naturally comfortable. 

create a routine 
Creating any type of routine depending on what you like to do can be hugely beneficial in stopping anxious thoughts in their tracks. Anyone who knows me well will know that my skincare routine is a huge part of my life. Obviously I want good skin, but the routine for me is such a great way to interrupt anxious thoughts. Soon as I start to feel a little peculiar I will head to my dressing table and either do my skincare (if it's the right time) or perhaps just sort through my collection and swap and change a few products. 

know your triggers 
Sometimes we don't have the luxury of warning signs, but if you start to notice any type of trigger try and prepare practises to put you in a better place for when the feeling arises. When you feel more prepared, your mind is naturally more at ease.


Finally, I adore the quote "When it rains looks for rainbows, when it's dark look for stars" - It really reminds me to look for the good even when it doesn't feel like you can. Also thanks to my sister for getting me this lovely notebook for Christmas 😘

I hope these tips are helpful and I'm always here if you fancy a chat!

Lots of Love 
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  1. Thank you so much for writing this post; as someone who suffers with anxiety, I really needed to read this! I often struggle with calming myself when my anxiety is bad, so I will definitely be trying some of these tips. I used to be terrified of driving due to my anxiety and catastrophising, so much that I developed a phobia, but after the support of someone there whilst I was driving and making myself do it, I realised that it was nowhere near as bad as my anxiety was making it out to be. An absolutely great read!

    Grace xx
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