My anxiety has taken a turn for the worse and I feel that it is at an all-time high this week. It got so bad at one point that I considered referring myself back for therapy. But knowing that the wait for therapy is 6 weeks and also that I cannot run to a therapist every time my anxiety peaks.
I haven’t been able to do what I would usually do – run mindlessly on the cross- trainer for twenty minutes and pick up and put down some weights so I have had to find some alternative methods of calming myself down. I have to find ways to manage my anxiety myself here are some of the things I have been trying this week
As I may or may not have previously mentioned I originally started this blog as a place to secretly talk about my anxiety (not that it’s something to be ashamed of – I just needed an outlet) – I no longer feel that way and don’t see why I shouldn’t share – who knows it might just help somebody😊
Relax and do something else
It’s so annoying when people tell you to just relax isn’t it? It’s not that simple! However I do try to find a distraction. For example I will play a computer game – I always play the old classic Command and Conquer Yuri’s Revenge. It’s so easy to pass the hours and you are so busy trying not to lose that you cannot possibily concentrate on anything else.
I have an app on my ipad which seems to calm me down called Colour Therapy, trying to concentrate and colour in pretty pictures is pretty calming and I have recently noticed that the app plays chilled out music too!
As mentioned the original reason I started my blog. I write what I’m feeling and try to assess why I’m feeling that way. This is my way of accepting that I have these thoughts but not fuelling them or buying into them. I then list what’s the worst that could happen and list the ways that this is unlikely to happen and alternative positive outcomes for that situation.
List 5 things 5…4…3…2…1
Something which I learned in therapy which probably makes me seem like I’m ignoring everybody is to try this distraction method. The first thing I do is list five things that I can see, four things that I can touch, three things I can hear, two things I can smell and one thing I can taste.
I try to breathe as deeply as possible as I find when I hyperventilate it makes my anxiety ten times worse and often this is the very first thing that I will do.
Light some candles
I find it so relaxing sitting in the dark with my candles going and some nice music on (erykah Badu – Baduizm most recently) never fails to chill me out.
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Love and Light always Jaydee xxx