Relaxing An Anxious Mind

August 17, 2016

It's not unknown on my blog that I am an anxious person. My mind is, at times, my worst enemy, with whom I struggle with every day. Due to having an anxiety disorder and OCD, I can have episodes of racing thoughts and worries. This is hard when you're trying to live out your daily life. It can hit at anytime or any place and believe me, it's not easy when you're trying to talk to someone you've just met, or you're getting on the bus or just simply sitting in your pyjamas, watching Gilmore Girls and you're hit with the devastating thought that you're going nowhere in life or that someone in your family could've just been in an accident and is now dead. Sounds dramatic, right? This is what I live with. Every. Single. Day. 

So, today I wanted to talk about how I stop myself from spiraling into a panicky thought process. Although these are literally the simplest little tricks ever, they do work and they keep me distracted long enough for me to calm down and catch my grip on reality again. 

'I should have done this yesterday' deskpad - ThatLameCompany
Lists, Lists, Lists

For me, there's nothing quite like sitting down with a pen and paper and writing. I love lists. Every night before bed I make a to-do list for the following day and even if it's something as simple as 'shower, have breakfast and reply to emails' it helps put my mind at ease and makes me feel as if I am accomplishing something. With anxiety, it's very easy to feel as though you're worthless and this can quickly turn into self resentment however if I keep myself busy, writing lists, planning blog posts, my mind stays occupied and I'm happy with myself for staying motivated and doing work. 

BATHS

When I was going through some tough times last year in college I really missed having a bath (we had a bath but God knows I wouldn't have used it!). I love taking baths because they completely relax your entire body and I always feel like a good hot bath can cure absolutely anything. I love the lead up to the bath - choosing your bath bomb, getting clean pyjamas, putting on some appropriate music. It's like planning a romantic date for yourself, with yourself. There's nothing like the feeling after a bath, everything seems good in the world and my mind is completely at ease (mostly I think this is because the heat of the bath melts my brain but whatever works, right?)

The Complete 'Life's Little Instruction Book' - H. Jackson Brown, Jr
A Good Book

Ever since I was a young girl my house has been filled with self help, self love and life lesson books. I always love sitting down and reading these books, even if it's only 2 or 3 pages, because you can get a pool of knowledge and advice from them. I always think they're so easy to read, especially when you're in panic mode, because they are laid out clearly and the words are simple. The advice they offer is simple and seems obvious, but I love them because they are honest and help me feel so much more at ease with myself and life in general. However, I love any book to be fair, but that's just me. 

A Sprig of Lavender

Seems silly, but something as small and simple as sniffing some lavender, whether you have it growing in your garden or have it in a bottle, helps promote relaxation. I love the smell of lavender, it makes me feel so calm and puts all bad thoughts out of my head. While taking pictures for this post, my room smelled SO MUCH like lavender and I felt totally relaxed afterwards. It was lovely. 


How do you relax when your mind is racing?


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