My Anxiety + Some Ways that I Cope

June 12, 2017 in Recovery

It’s Mondayyyyyy. This weekend was so much fun because I got to go to a concert on Thursday and Friday with my best friends!! I love concerts and music SO much. (Fun fact about me) Maybe I’ll do a fun fact post soon enough if y’all want to see that.

Last night I was watching Ted Talks on anxiety, and this is a topic that I hold very close to my heart.

  1. I am on anxiety medication. I struggle with anxiety. I have struggled with bad anxiety since I was 15.
  2. So many people do struggle with anxiety. And there is nothing to be ashamed about if you do struggle.

Saturday I was relaxing yet I felt restless. Itching to crawl out of my skin and my mind bombarded with an array of thoughts. This is not unusual for me. This happens to me sometimes, and I am not ashamed to admit it. I get anxious. I struggle. I have to calm myself down.

I wrote this in my journal on Saturday:

//I think the feeling I have in my chest right now is restlessness. I’m here on this deck right now and my mind is in 50 million different places. It’s hard. I know this is anxiety. The feeling of worry, the feeling of dread and like I’m not doing things right.//

Looking back on this after a few days I know I was definitely dreading work that day. Work has left me feeling a bit stressed- that and the fact that I’m taking off for a month because I’m like… omg, time is just going to fly before my eyes. I am a dreamer. I have a lot of things I want to do and I stack my plate pretty dang high, then I freak and am like oh my gosh what I am doing trapped inside the walls of GNC all the time. But trust in his plan, right? I have to pull myself back from this worry and just BREATHE. So I decided to relax on my hammock, I journaled, read my book, and napped. I rejoiced in the time I had to just be and did things to better myself.

I wish I could tell you a cure to just feel at peace all the time and never have anxiety, but I can’t. I have had panic attacks, I have been plagued by social anxiety- I’ve had the whole 9 yards. The quivering hands, tight chest, shaking from a crippling anxiety attack leaving me weak and gasping for air.

Anxiety is not something I have talked a lot on this blog, and I want to put in more of an effort to do so. There are so many individuals struggling with an anxious mind and having anxiety is nothing to be embarrassed about. But please, please understand that anxiety is not just the average worry. Anxiety is when this worry consumes you and takes over the quality of your life.

I don’t think there is anything wrong with taking medication. It receives a negative stigma for sure, but gosh has my anxiety and depression medication saved my life. (along with therapy of course). Besides medication, I use a few other tools to help me stay calm:

  1. ESSENTIAL OILS frankincense_1024x1024-1

Frankincense is one of my favorite oils. This is commonly used for meditation.

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Lavender smells amazing. I love putting a drop of this on my pillow before I got to bed or rubbing it on my wrists. Lavender has sedative effects which helps for those nights when your mind won’t stop racing.

For my oils, I use an essential oil diffuser. But I also rub them on my wrists and feet or put a drop or two on my pillow?

Want to find these oils? These are my favorite brand. Buy them from my link here!

2. Writing

Writing is another thing that calms me down. Remembering that my journal is a judgment free zone is CRUCIAL. I can write how I feel, I can write whatever pours out of my heart into the pencil and not feel ashamed for doing so.

3. Music

Music holds an important place in my life. There are a lot of artists I love and genuinely speak to my heart. (Nahko and Medicine for the People, Trevor Hall, Jack Johnson, SOJA)

Putting on my favorite Spotify playlists and just listening to music helps me take a step back from my crowded mind.

4. Yoga

You guys know how much I love yoga. But gosh does it do so much good for not only my body, but my mind. I am thrilled to be taking on the long but rewarding journey of getting certified to teach yoga so I can share my love for this practice with others.

5. Reading quotes

Tumblr and Pinterest have some of my favorites.

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That’s it for today guys. 

Share some thoughts about this on here. Let’s keep this conversation about mental health rollin’. Any thoughts are so appreciated!! 

Enjoy your start to the week!

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24 Comments

  • Reply Stephanie June 12, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Thanks Alyssa for sharing your struggles, it helps to hear so we who may have the same problem don’t feel alone! You are a special young lady!

  • Reply Emily June 12, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Anxiety is so tough. One of the biggest things for me is repeating Scripture to myself and taking my anxieties to the Lord. I have so much weakness in myself, but it’s in Jesus Christ that I find comfort and strength and grace. <3 I also love listening to music or doing a gentle workout or going for a walk with the dogs.
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    • Reply Alyssa June 20, 2017 at 4:06 am

      Listening to music helps me so much or being with my pups <3

  • Reply June June 12, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    I have pretty severe anxiety too and it took me a long time to realize that it’s ACTUALLY a problem, not just regular worrying. Sometimes diagnoses can be validating after decades of suffering!

    I love yoga too and am a certified instructor 🙂 Where are you doing your training? Best of luck, I know you’ll love it!

    • Reply Alyssa June 20, 2017 at 4:07 am

      they really can be validating!! And ah that is awesome. I am going to Kripalu!! 🙂

  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law June 12, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    I love love love love love essential oils! Have you ever tried roll on ones? They’re perfect for use on the go. I have a bunch from Frisky Fish (https://friskyfish.myshopify.com/) that I love!
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    • Reply Alyssa June 20, 2017 at 4:07 am

      I want to try the roll on ones!!

  • Reply Lisa @ NatureImmerse June 12, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Dealing with anxiety is not easy. One of the benefits of professional help is that it gives you someone to keep you accountable, and provides you with validation that what you’ve done thus far has been working.
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    • Reply Alyssa June 20, 2017 at 4:08 am

      I totally agree that professional help is SO important!

  • Reply Bridget June 12, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    I definitely relate to this in so many ways! Yoga helps me so much, too. I go for weeks at a time without doing yoga and then suddenly I get back into it and remember how much it helps- I really need to develop my own practice regularly! Thanks for the reminder 🙂

    • Reply Alyssa June 20, 2017 at 4:08 am

      I love doing at home practices for yoga!!

  • Reply Sarah June 13, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    I have been struggling with anxiety and control a lot lately to be honest. I really need to start journaling more and maybe yoga too. I tell myself “oh those things won’t help…” but if I don’t give them a good, real try then I will never know! I like the essential oils idea too, thank you for sharing this Lyss!
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    • Reply Alyssa June 20, 2017 at 4:09 am

      Totally pick up a journal girl. And do some yoga- you don’t even need a class! There’s tons of YT videos!

  • Reply Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar June 14, 2017 at 4:28 am

    Thanks for sharing these thoughts, Lyss. I also struggle with anxiety–I don’t think I realized the extent to which I actually have anxiety until I went on anxiety meds and then went back on them. My boyfriend and family were like, “What is with you? You’re so different.” There’s definitely no shame in taking those meds. I’m always amazed by what a big difference they make. Music’s always a big one for me, too. And TV, weirdly. I never watched TV much growing up, and so it’s actually a pretty special treat for me to sit down and watch an episode of something I enjoy. It really calms me down sometimes.
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    • Reply Alyssa June 20, 2017 at 4:09 am

      I need to get into a good TV show. I get what you’re saying. When you find a good show it really can relax you and help you tune out the outside world for a bit!

  • Reply kat June 15, 2017 at 2:40 am

    I’m glad that you’ve discovered what works for you. Unfortuntely I think that anxiety, like an ED, is something that never goes away no matter the medication or therapy you take. It’s just kind of something that you need to learn to live with and I think you are doing that beautifully. Sure, its a struggle and it isn’t always pretty, but you push through it each day and that’s what is important!
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    • Reply Alyssa June 20, 2017 at 4:10 am

      I agree with you on that. Anxiety is something you always have to work through! It kinda lingers and sometimes it gets worse. But the way we cope is all in our hands!

  • Reply Marina June 15, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Ooooo yes girl. I know exactly what you mean about stacking your plate too high and then you’re like, “WHY?!” Thankfully I’ve gotten better at saying no. Yoga has helped my anxiety and letting go of my perfectionist attitude tremendously too! Love you so much 🙂

    • Reply Alyssa June 20, 2017 at 4:10 am

      YEP. Saying no used to be so hard for me!! love yew!!

  • Reply Edye June 15, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Over the past few years, I’ve developed anxiety that occurs multiple times week. I’m always looking for new ways to help ease my mind and body. These we super helpful! I have an essential oil “burning” right now. They’re so therapeutic 🙂
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    • Reply Alyssa June 20, 2017 at 4:11 am

      Essentail oils have been such a big help for me!!

  • Reply John Marc Ramirez June 20, 2017 at 2:40 am

    Hi Lyss, I admire your strength in facing the battles you are in right now. I believe that you will overcome because you are a brave woman. I know that your story will create an impact to the people who will be able to read your blog and even in real life.

    Thank you for sharing!

    • Reply Alyssa June 20, 2017 at 4:11 am

      that is so kind of you, thank you very very much!

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