It’s a new year – a brand new fresh start. Yes, yes, I know I’m kinda late haha! But Anxiety has been a struggle for myself recently so just getting to work has been an achievement.
But anyway, it’s very unlikely that your anxiety will consider that we’re in a new year! Anxiety doesn’t ever really go away, you mainly learn to cope with it a bit better. So, with the new year comes some new ideas to help you manage your anxiety.
Look into essential oils
Essential oils are growing in popularity, that’s for sure. But essential oils have actually been around for centuries.
Not only this, but recent studies have shown that using essential oils help relieve pain and depression, and could actually be used in conjunction with other forms of pain/depression management (Dr Axe.com link)
This is all good news for those with anxiety or depression. Although there is nothing wrong with prescribed medication (I have even said so myself), having an arsenal under your belt to help fight with you is always helpful.
In case you were looking for an essential oil burner, our shop sells them. Here are some (click the images to view:
In addition to this and an oil burner, why not try picking up an essential oil pendant from our online shop? Not only will you reap the benefits of your essential oils, but you can use them on the go, too. Here they are (click images to view in our shop:
Does a messy house equal a messy mind for you? It certainly does over here! Having a messy house can lead to clouded thoughts, plus there’s nothing worse than coming home after a long day to chores.
So if you’re feeling cluttered at home and with your thoughts, throw some stuff out. Anything you’ve not touched in the last six months can go. Hoarding is not great on the mind and throwing out old stuff can be surprisingly relieving. Here are some places to start:
- Kitchen cupboards
- Under the bed
- Wardrobe/anywhere you store clothes
- Fridge (gross – I know!) but it’s got to be done
- The spare room
The key here is to be ruthless. If you have to think about the item you’re throwing away for more than 5 seconds, get rid. Keep in mind the 6-month rule and you’ll feel pleasantly clearer afterwards.
Try something creative
Have you ever considered something like drawing or painting, even if it’s just paint-by-numbers? Creative hobbies have been shown to really help those with mental health difficulties and give you an ideal distraction from your thoughts.
Now would be a great time to get started. Fresh new year = fresh new start, amirite?
You don’t need to spend a tonne of money on equipment, just pick up some paper and pens and get going. I started a bullet journal to help me stay organised, take care of my mental health, but also allowing me to be creative as well. So much fun and highly recommended.
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Honestly, CBT has really helped me change the way I deal with worry, stress and anxiety. It really was the turning point for me in gaining control of my anxiety. Although I appreciate that it doesn’t work for everyone, if you struggle with negative thoughts, I’d encourage you to look into it.
CBT works by changing the way you think about situations and helps you to rationalise your thoughts. Although worrying is completely normal for us as humans, those with anxiety tend to worry excessively.
Personally, I know my thoughts can become irrational. But if it’s what you’re used to, it feels completely normal. But seeing a CBT therapist helped me see that the way I was thinking wasn’t right, and generally caused my thoughts to spiral. Not good at all!
Click here to read my experience of CBT and how it benefited me.
Start a gratitude journal
My final but not least point today could tie in with you trying something creative. I’d only discovered what a gratitude journal when one of my blogger friends wrote about one (link).
If you didn’t know, gratitude journals have a positive impact on those that keep one:
“According to a study by researchers from the University of Minnesota and the University of Florida, having participants write down a list of positive events at the close of a day — and why the events made them happy — lowered their self-reported stress levels and gave them a greater sense of calm at night.” (link)
I don’t know about you but to me, that sounds great, especially as I tend to struggle to sleep most nights!
Some of the positive impacts that keeping a gratitude journal/generally being grateful include (Forbes.com, 2014):
- Gratitude improves psychological health
- Grateful people sleep better
- Gratitude improves self-esteem
These positives are just a few ways a gratitude journal will help keep you going, and lead a more peaceful and happy life.
So there you have it. The above tips will not only help you with your anxiety but your overall happiness and wellbeing. If you’ve so often put yourself last, why not make 2018 the year where you put yourself first? It’s NOT selfish, and very much needed.
Thanks for reading! Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂
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