In honour of world mental health day, a day very close to my heart and I’m sure if you’re reading this, yours too. In my opinion mental health is still very much a touchy subject and I don’t quite understand why. There are a number of conditions that fall under the mental health umbrella such as depression, anxiety, OCD, BPD and many more. Although you yourself may not have suffered; it’s extremely likely that somebody in your life has. For those who have ever experienced anxiety, know that it can be trigger at any moment and how crippling it can feel, sometimes your mind feels trapped, alomost like it’s suffocating and you can’t see a way for it to break free. That’s why I’d like to share with you some useful tips on how to reduce anxiety in those moments and the best part is you won’t have to spend a penny.
CURL UP WITH A GOOD BOOK
My all time favourite pass time is reading and is something many of us can take for granted. There’s nothing better than curling up on the sofa and getting lost in a good book. Make yourself a cuppa or a coffee (preferably decaf) and wrap yourself up in your favourite blanket.
TALK ABOUT IT
I know, this can be easier said than done but speaking out about how you’re feeling seriously helps. Most of the time it doesn’t matter who you speak to but what you speak to them about. The more open and honest you are the less anxious you will feel afterwards. If you’re anxious about a certain situation, somebody on the outside may be able to ease your mind or help you see the situation from another angle.
ESCAPE TO THE KITCHEN
It doesn’t matter if you’re a horrible cook or baker, nobody has to eat what you make it’s just all about getting creative. I’m not suggesting you take a trip to Asda and spend all your money ingredients (I’ve done this before and it only ever makes you more anxious about having no money!) raid your cupboards and make use of what you already have even if it’s just a can of beans and a loaf of bread, throw some ketchup on there and you’ve been creative!
WRITE IT DOWN
There are a few different ways you could do this, I tend to run up to my desk and start a blog post. A lot of people find writing down on paper how they’re feeling works well for them or if somebody in particular has contributed to your anxiety, you may find writing a letter to them will help (of course you don’t ever have to send it to them.) With anxiety you can often feel as though your brain is working overtime and each worry is rushing around your brain at 127474 mph but if you try separate them all and get them all down in whichever way you choose, you may find that the problems that are causing you anxiety weren’t really problems in the first place.
So simple but usually our chests start to tighten when the anxiety starts creeping in and we can forget how to breathe. Try and take a step back, breath in and out whilst counting to 7 each time.
GO FOR A WALK
Getting out into the great outdoors will always do wonders for your health in more ways than one. No matter where you live whether it’s in a busy city, the countryside or by the beach; make the most of it. Take a walk to the shop, walk the dog or stroll along the seafront. The fresh air itself can be enough to calm you down. I personally love to set off on a walk with no real destination, pop in my headphones and listen to a Sam Smith, his voice tends to soothe me.
If you’re like me who spends 28474757 hours a day scrolling through social media you should definitely try this one. There has been quite a few times that I’ve suddenly been hit with a wave of anxiety after seeing something on social media and instead of switching it off, I find myself dissecting what I’ve seen and trying to second guess what it could mean. Also when we are experiences anxiety we are not feeling ourselves so it’s probably best to stay clear of your phone or laptop. Switch everything off and try one of the points above.
I hope you find these tips useful and remember to take care of yourself!