When you have anxiety, it may be a bit harder to get back up when you’re knocked down. However, it seems like Murphy’s Law likes to sneak in every once in awhile, making the mountain climb back to normalcy a bit harder.
If you’re like me, you’re not only working a regular job, but you may be taking courses with deadlines, have to prepare nightly meals, and deal with the emergencies that have now caused your anxiety to go through the roof.
Did you have an unexpected repair and the problems seem to mount? Did an unexpected illness arise?
Recently, I suffered a major setback with my health as I have been experiencing focal seizures. Of course, this was occurring on top of the daily stresses of not only my work and school life, but the daily life stressors of chores, bills, and family.
Here are the top 5 tips to help you cope with anxiety.
1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Your local support system is the best resource to keep your anxiety level at bay, even if it’s just for a vent session. Your friends, family, and close co-workers (and by close, I mean you’re trusted personal friends) can direct you to the right resources to get you on your way to resolving your emergencies. If they are able to help, they may be willing to pitch until you can get back on your feet.
They may even know where you can get assistance for a reduced cost in your local community, whether if it’s medical, legal, or for a repair. If your friends aren’t sure themselves, they may know someone who has been in the exact same situation or know
If you have absolutely nowhere or no one to talk to, you are feeling overwhelmed, be sure to check out the Mental Health Resources.
2. Read a book
It’s helpful to take a breather and dive into someone else’s world for an hour to give your brain the break it needs. Whether it’s a romantic novel, a sci-fi adventure, or a comedy, go to your favorite spot in the yard with a cup of tea and re-read Harry Potter. Even better: the book that your best friend gifted for your birthday that’s collecting dust on the shelf–bust open that page to chapter one.
My favorite spot is under a tree with a light breeze on the porch in a rocking chair. It’s better when I can stretch out and get lost in a book during the afternoon with birds chirping in the background. I love the sounds and sights of nature.
3. Use a diffuser with essential oils to calm your nerves
Did you know essential oils are derived from plants and have a natural, healthy way to keep you relaxed?
You can use essential oils in the following ways:
- In a diffuser
- Rubbing them on your palms or other areas of your body (Be sure to dilute them first as most oils need to be diluted)
- Buy a rub on version
Scents like Lavender and Chamomile are relaxing essential oils.
Check with your doctor to see which essential oils are safe while taking OTC and prescription medication.
4. Try Meditation
Getting the hang of meditation takes practice. You can start meditating using any of the following methods:
- Use an App on your phone or tablet
- Find a Meditation Playlist on any music streaming service.
- Take a local class at a community center
- Find free guided meditations on YouTube for Beginners
There are many ways to get started on this mindful practice. The best way is to start for a few minutes a day. A relaxing pose may be to sit in a room alone or lying down with scented candles or a diffuser.
5. Take a walk
Walking has many benefits. It’s a great way to workout, but you can clear your thoughts and enjoy great scenery. Whether you decide to walk indoors at a gym or outdoors at a local park, you can relieve stress and help your overall heart health in the process.
While you’re walking, you can take your phone, your pet, a friend or family member or listen to music in the process.
You can clear your mind, have a talking session with your friends or come up with ideas on how to get out of your stressful situation.
Importantly, Walking can also do the following:
- Burn calories
- Boost your Mood
- Boost your immune System
- Lower your blood pressure
- Increase overall health
- Lower anxiety
Even walking as little as ten minutes can help with anxiety and depression.
What techniques do you use to cope with anxiety in stressful situations, especially in an emergency?