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.
- I am on anxiety medication. I struggle with anxiety. I have struggled with bad anxiety since I was 15.
- 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:
- ESSENTIAL OILS
Frankincense is one of my favorite oils. This is commonly used for meditation.
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?
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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.
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.
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
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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