You can guess that anytime I write about Anxiety, it’s because I’ve felt some degree of anxiety during that day that makes me need to write about it. Today I’ve felt very low anxiety, and I find that it has been from making small daily habits from reading out loud a prayer every morning, exercising regularly and thinking positively. There is a voice inside of our heads that sometimes trickles in telling us you are not worthy. That’s when we need to replace that voice with our warm and tender voice telling ourselves that you are so loved. Deeply and infinitely.
The small things I do to face anxiety:
1.Go outside for a walk or go for a jog. Taking a walk outside can make you think more clearly and reminds you to breathe gently. Exercising is one of the best ways to deal with stress, because it instantly makes you feel better about yourself, and helps maintain your physical and mental well being.
2.Shop at the supermarket. This may sound silly to some, but I get really uncomfortable shopping when it’s busy and crowded. However, shopping on a quiet day at the supermarket is one of my favourite things to do.
3.Read a book. Reading takes you into another world. It allows you to be more open minded, imaginative and creative. I truly believe that reading has the power to reduce stress. It feels meditative and puts your focus off your own world. It widens your perspective on certain things.
4.Write positive words. Every morning I read a prayer in Mandarin and a prayer in English, and it really sticks in my head, because after a while it gets easier to memorise when repeated constantly. I have positive words of advice written on the wall that remind me I’m only human.
5. Tell yourself what you’re grateful for. Each day I like to reflect on what I am grateful for. Each day is filled with endless things we can be grateful for, yet it’s often that we can forget to do so, because the focus is so deeply on what’s not working out. I find that practicing appreciation, makes you feel more at ease, appreciate each day and love life much more.
6. Clean around the house and de-clutter your mind. After cleaning the bathroom, vacuuming the floors and arranging everything back into place, the cleanliness is calming. It also helps with de-cluttering your mind and reminds us to let go of toxic thoughts that do not benefit us in any way.
7. Talk to a loved one. Talking to a friend or a family member you trust will help relieve a lot of the stress that one can often hold if they’re feeling anxious. It can lessen the feelings of being overwhelmed and it can be extremely comforting and often allows you to let a lot of matters go.
8. Eat healthy foods and remember to breathe. I can’t express how much foods affect your mood and your body. Having a healthy diet can make you less prone to feeling stressed and tired. When feelings of anxiety slip in, the breathing can often quicken without one noticing. If you start to feel like you may have a panic attack or are feeling down, try to focus on your breathing.