Anxiety is something so many people are struggling with, myself included. It can hit me without notice, or I can sense it coming from a mile away. However it comes, it will ruin my day or week! So, what do I do when I’m anxious? How do I re-center myself and bring back some peacefulness in my life? Here are my top 6 self-care practices that get me through an anxiety episode.
Before we begin, I just want to put it out there: I’m not a doctor and I’m in no way qualified to give medical advice. All I’m doing is sharing some small things that work for me. I’m not in any way cured, but sometimes these tiny things help lessen the anxiety. I would be great if whatever works for me, worked for everybody, but that is not the case. Then again, a little face mask, sugar detox, and a good book never harmed anyone!
This may sound like the world’s biggest cliché, but damn, does it feel good to just hit pause on your life and start pampering yourself! I’ll run a bath, put on a face mask, play some nature sounds, and read a book. That half an hour is almost magical. Few things manage to relax me so well! When I’m struggling with an anxiety episode, I can’t really sleep well at night, so taking a hot bath in the evening can help with that.
Tea, Tea, Tea
I love tea more than any other beverage! A little English Breakfast or Darjeeling with some soy milk is my own little slice of heaven in the morning. Unfortunately, when I’m finding myself getting too anxious, black tea does not do me any good. So, I turn to my beloved trinity: linden tree, chamomile, and tulsi. I like the first two together with a hint of sweetener, and the tulsi on its own with no sugar. All three are known to relax and soothe, and I am here to vouch for them!
There is still a debate on whether digital devices can cause anxiety. But I know for sure that they’re not helping with it! I do a digital detox from time to time, and I have to admit that it’s hard! It’s tough to unplug, because I keep thinking about what I might be missing out on or what I could be doing. But when I do manage to truly unplug, it’s as if I can hear the silence inside myself. Try to have a digital detox at least once a month and see how you react!
You don’t need me to tell you that sugar is bad for you! It’s bad for your body, for your attention span, and it’s definitely bad for your anxiety. But a sugar detox can feel much more intense than a digital one. Your body will initially react negatively to the lack of sugar and you could even experience some withdrawal symptoms. But when you do manage to kick it, you will most likely feel much better. I’ve done it a few times in the past two years and it was very helpful. I can’t quit sugar forever, nor do I want to, but a break from it doesn’t hurt. If you’re finding it hard to quit sugar, you might want to go on a detox vacation where you’ll have an everything you need to complete your sugar detox, from advice, foods, and other fun and detoxifying activities.
Feeling sad? Look into the eyes of a puppy and feel all your sadness melt away! These little fur balls will warm your heart, soothe your soul, and put a smile on your face. Put yourself out there, and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to have a cat choose to sit on your lap and feel a blessing in its truest form. I am fortunate to have a number of pets (I choose to conceal the exact number, for fear of being labeled a certain type of cat lady) and every time they come me to show me that they love me, I feel like everything is right again!
Sometimes, my anxiety is triggered by the fact that there are no plans available in the near future for me to follow and to look forward to. I start to freak out and think that boredom will swallow me whole and that will be the end of me. In these cases, making a plan truly helps me. Be it a vacation plan, or a simple meetup with a friend can be enough to stifle my anxiety. It’s a bit weird that making plans can help with anxiety, yet the days before any travel date are filled with anxiety. Ah, the human mind! Who even knows how it works?!
Cristina is a writer for Tripaneer.com, a themed travel website meant to enrich people’s lives through travel. She is also a passionate traveler, cat aficionado and novice writer.