A large percent of people suffer from anxiety, and I am one of them! I must say that it has gotten much better over the past few years and I am determined to kick it to the curb completely, so it stops running my life. I will get there 🙂
People tell me to quit worrying, but it’s easier said than done. Fear and worry is not something I like struggling with on a regular basis (who does?), but unfortunately I do. Self talk is something I am not very good at when thoughts of worry fog my mind, but I know it works for others and is something I need to keep working on.
Over the last few months, I have gotten more into the idea of personal development. There are a few books that I want to read, including reading the Bible from beginning to end, and I want to simply work on bettering myself. This includes weight loss and getting back to healthy and happy!
I can’t control when negative thoughts enter my mind, but I have learned to avoid a few things that would usually make me worry- this mostly includes Facebook scrolling, and opening up my internet browser and seeing disturbing news because of the search engine set as my homepage. I have NEVER watched the news (some people frown upon it), but I don’t enjoy hearing about all the hate and sadness in the world, so I avoid it at all costs which is why I had to change my search engine at work. Every time I would open up the internet, I immediately saw news, and it was making my anxiety worse so I decided to switch to a search engine that didn’t have news highlights. It’s a small change, but has helped drastically at work.
I want to share a couple of things that I enjoy doing to try and overcome my thoughts of worry.
I really enjoy word searches and coloring which might seem silly and childish for a 25 year old, but it requires focus, which can temporarily help my anxious thoughts.
I also have an obsession with essential oils- some of the oils smell SO good and have such a relaxing smell, that I can usually feel my chest slowly start to un-tighten if I take slow deep breaths while inhaling certain ones. I often run a diffuser with my favorite oils- I truly enjoy the smell. I also LOVE the Sleep line from Bath & Body Works, and use the pillow spray some nights. Unfortunately my favorite scent- lavender chamomile is no longer sold which makes me want to cry! 🙁
I know it’s important to keep your mind busy and focused on something else when anxious thoughts come to mind, but it is definitely easier said than done.
If you have any advice on other things to try that have maybe helped you, please share as I would LOVE to hear what has worked for others! <3 I won’t stop trying to get rid of anxiety until it is gone for good!