13 November 2016

Now, I know Anxiety is not a one-size-fits-all illness, it affects people in a variety of different ways. As someone who recently saw the effects Anxiety has had on her life I knew I had to take control and find ways to cope with the illness while not letting it take over my twenties. With that in mind, I discovered a few 'hacks' to help keep the anxiety at bay, allowing me to focus on other aspects of my life. 

Here's 5 things to try to relieve your anxiety.
Having me Time 
I am an introvert and sometimes when life gets too much and I have a busy day all I crave is going to my room and indulging in some Youtube videos for an hour or so I have recently taken to going to my room with a snack an hour before bed lay in my bed and just indulge in some Youtube videos. I try and do this at least a couple of times a week. There was a time this would make me feel like I was not doing enough and feel worth less but I have come to realise it actually it helps me wake up anxious free. 

Getting back in to reading 
Reading was something I have been fond off since I can remember. When I started University this hobby which has become embedded in me was slowing going away. I was reading for pleasure less and less. I decided such an integral part of my personality needs to bought back in to fruition and as such I have taken to reading couple of chapters of a book instead of scrolling through my twitter feed actually helps in giving me a anxious free end to the day. (If you are interested I am currently reading All the Bright Places and it is fabulous) 

Talking about it 
I hid a lot of my mental health struggles from my friends or family. I still find aspects of it to talk about but I have realised, the more I can be open about it, the easier it can be to tackle. For example if I am having an anxious day even though I may not be able to expect why (some days it can creep up on me) allowing myself to tell someone look I need to step back a little for a few minutes has been a huge help. if you allow it to build up inside your head because you are scared to deal with it or how it will be received, it can make the anxiety worse.

Taking Medication 
This first one is a controversial topic when dealing with anxiety. I use to think taking medication to help with mental illness does more harm than good. I had tried them before and it just did not agree with me and my body. After talking to a doctor, she suggested I try a different form of tablet and found it to be a much better fit. I was suddenly able to see how it lifted the edge off my anxiety. It may not be the correct choice for everyone but do not knock it until you try it. 

Reconnecting with Friends 
Battling with my anxiety along with other mental health issues (more on that on a later date) I stopped taking the initiative to spend time with my friends. There was a time where I was the one to organise the get together and keep in contact with my friends who were across the UK. While getting rid of the negative influences in my life, I was reminded of the positive people in my life and who deserve my love and attention. With that being said I forced myself to make the effort and after that, it was scary initially but the more I do it, the more I realise the boost it gives me. 

As I mentioned Anxiety comes in all shapes and sizes. There is not a black or white way to cope with your anxiety but I am hoping that by sharing some of the ways in which I have found help me to deal with my anxiety at least one of them can resonate with you and help you on your journey to living with Anxiety. 

If you ever need a chat about your anxiety and would like someone to talk too, please feel free to send me a confidential email over at nafisah@bamblingsofnaffy.com

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