While I am not quite comfortable using my real name here yet, the overwhelming amount of love and support that I’ve witnessed here as a reader has me feeling tickled in the best of ways! I have been a subscriber to The Liminal Network for months now, and even just reading people’s positive comments in articles by other writers has me feeling better about life sometimes. As you may have guessed, I am here to talk about my anxiety, and to share tips that helped me to conquer my anxiety. I hope they help you as well. 🙂
1. Getting a Cat
Living alone can sometimes contribute to an increase in feelings of anxiety. Coming home from a night with friends to a quiet apartment can sometimes trigger deep thoughts that really bother me. When I got my cat, this helped me to conquer my anxiety – everything changed. It felt as though I was coming home to a dear friend. Even just lying next to her or playing has helped me to conquer my anxiety. Rarely, I would experience a terrifying shortness of breath, and that no longer happens for me now. Maybe a dog would work for this as well?
2. Drinking Tea
My recent obsession with herbal teas has really helped to conquer my anxiety. Less often, do I reach a place of panic or pessimism. You would think Chamomile would be a favorite, but frankly, I can’t stand it. One of my favorites is Passion tea from Tazo. Another is called Peppermint Amour, from David’s Tea. I also really like lemon balm tea. Perhaps it’s the calming properties of tea, or that building routines is helpful for me. Regardless, this has played a factor in how I conquer my anxiety, and also feels healthier in general!
3. Handy Apps
While I’m the first person to roll my eyes when someone says “There’s an app for that,” one app that I am finding to suit me well is Pacifica. It tracks your mood, goals, daily health and even offers exercises for meditation and deep breathing, the latter of which is my favorite part.
4. Getting Creative
Lately, I’ve enjoyed paint nights with my friends, and the combination of being together and getting creative keeps me occupied and soothed for a long time! I’ve also started journaling and writing more, as this is my very first piece with The Liminal! The piece that inspired me to write was the list of soothing websites piece by Paige Strand, but even more so, it was seeing how nice and supportive the community here is that pushed me towards writing here.
5. Talk About Your Anxiety
You don’t have to put up a billboard or bring it up constantly! After being quiet on this for years, I found telling my friends more helpful than expected, in allowing me to conquer my anxiety. Their support has meant the world to me, and has actually helped my symptoms. I think maybe part of my anxiety arose from a feeling of being alone in the anxiety (ironic, I know). They are also quick to ask if I am okay when I look like I might not be, or text to see that I’m here. To be honest, I expected telling them was going to make things more difficult, whether that be in silent judging, babying me, or even distancing themselves. None of this obviously happened, and it has made my friendships stronger. 🙂
I hope that these tips will help you, or even give you an idea of where to start! It could be managing your own anxiety, or in supporting someone else experiencing this. Please share this if relevant, especially with those who you know would benefit! Until next time, xoxo.