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So I’m a few days late putting up a blog post, and the reason why goes perfectly with the theme of needing to ease anxiety! Basically, some hackers from the other side of the world got into my laptop and locked it, saying that I needed to pay 50 bitcoins (Bitcoins? Really people?) to have it unlocked. Long story short: I got my laptop unlocked by Apple, but it was pretty much down for the whole weekend. Hence why this post is a few days late. 😳
And a word to the wise…change your passwords and back up your computers!
So anyway…I’ll be the first to admit that I am a complete stress case, worry wart, nervous nelly, whatever you want to call it…that’s me.
I’ve always been on the anxious side. I’ve calmed down some throughout the years, but I’ve come to acknowledge the fact that it’s just part of who I am. If I could be the carefree, super calm chick, I would but it’s just not me.
Over time I found some ways to help me chill out when my anxiety really starts to surface. I know I’m not the only one that deals with this stuff, so that’s why I decided to share!
Lavender is known around the block for its calming effect. Rub some lavender oil on your temples or wrists and breathe in the soothing scent. Even better is to run a bath and put a few drops in!
St John’s Wort
St John’s Wort is an herbal supplement that can be used to treat mild anxiety and depression. You can find it right over the counter at the drug store. It’s not something that will work immediately though, you’ll have to take it every day for it to build up in your system.
Set the Room
I recently had someone tell me that whenever you’re feeling anxious or depressed, do the opposite of what you want to do. So when I’m feeling down and all I want to do is sleep, go outside and take a walk. And when I’m feeling stressed and wanting to panic, then I need to take some time to chill out.
One of the most relaxing things for me to do is light some candles in my bedroom. The flames of the candles are almost mesmerizing, and if let yourself watch, it’s really relaxing.
There are so many meditation and mindfulness apps and podcasts out there. Download a few and keep them handy for emergencies! I like the Calm app and the Meditation Minis Podcast.
I like to sometimes use hematite crystals when I’m practicing mindfulness. It’s known for its grounding and calming capabilities. It’s a heavier crystal, so I put one in each hand and let them weigh me down. I don’t know why but it is seriously so relaxing. I am by no means an expert, that’s just what works for me!
If you want to know more about crystals, read my post about books to check out here.
Talk to Someone
Maybe alone time to meditate isn’t the right thing for you, and that’s okay. Seek out a friend who you know has your best interest in mind and talk that shit out!
Tea for the win, always! For me, there’s nothing better for winding down a crazy than a cup of tea. Tommy loves it, too. Drinking Tension Tamer tea together before bed has become something of a ritual for us. I also love this Tulsi Sweet Rose tea!
Now take a deep breath and remember everything will be okay! 🌞
Let me know in the comments section what you do to help your anxiety!
**Please note that I am not a doctor, these are just some things that have worked for me. Please see a professional if you are dealing with anxiety or depression of your own and before starting any alternative treatment.