If you've ever struggled with anxiety, you know it can strike at the most random of times. Like the other night when I was on a date and at dinner I started to feel panicky and my heart started to race. For no reason. I wasn't having a bad time or stressed about being on a date. It just hit me out of nowhere. Embarasssssing (lol, like most of my dates these days.)
That's an entirely different blog post.
Anxiety is freaking unpredictable. And for someone who's been through some real shit in life, I've been kind of shocked and even disappointed in myself for the amount of anxiety I have struggled with during my first year in business. I mean, in the big scheme of things this year has been nothing compared to loss and grief and other big changes in my life.
BUTTTTT, no one told me how hard this would be. I mean, I expected it to not be easy...but starting and running a business ALL alone is legit hard. Add to that being a single mom and well, enough said.
So, when the panic starts to rear it's head...I've learned some strategies that help. I'm a psychology major and love to learn about the psyche and personality, so when I did some research on anxiety and stress, I discovered a few tools that have helped me manage (not cure) this issue.
- Cold air or water to the face (this helps to shock or reset your systems and distracts your mind from focusing on the panic attack).
- Music ( for me this year, oddly enough, it's been country music that seems to help ease my anxiety).
-Running (and not just random here and there when I can fit it in...INTENTIONAL, regular work outs that physically exhaust my body are a huge help with anxiety.)
-QUIET ( radio off, tv off, complete and total quietness sometimes really helps .)
-Social Media (my feed is filled with women I respect and admire who are real about life, make me laugh, inspire and encourage me...and in that case social media has helped me ward off some of the effects of anxiety.)
-Minimizing ANY drama (keeping life real simple and hanging with those who focus on the good and real and best in me and others, helps a TON).
All that said, for some people these little strategies are laughable and stronger tools like therapy and medication are needed. Don't you dare not get help if you need it. Life is too short to let something like anxiety steal your purpose and passion. Be proactive and own your growth and healing!