There's times where it can all get a bit too much. For me it's been anxiety. The thing with anxiety, and I've had this all throughout my school years and up until now, is that it never really just disappears. It can come back at any time and place. There are times when I feel like I'm constantly in a battle with my own mind, I feel insecure and indecisive. It's that voice in your mind telling you that something wrong is going to happen and then always doubting yourself about everything.
It's those days when you feel like you're finally on a roll with things, you're feeling settled and you're in a perfect routine. But then it all comes tumbling down, you step out of that routine and you become rundown and unsure of what you're doing.
I like having a routine. I like to get up early in the morning, make a cup of tea and breakfast, have a flick through Twitter and Pinterest and then get on with what needs to be done. But for the past couple of weeks that hasn't been the case, I've fell out of the routine. I'll get up later, have no motivation and then nothing gets done.
Not everyone likes to have a routine and everyone will have a different routine from others. But when I do suffer with anxiety, I find that keeping myself busy and being in a routine helps to keep me calm and relaxed. Everyone is different, so sometimes we don't always have the answers to each individuals problems. But here's my list of things that help calm my anxiety or just for when it all gets too much...
:: Fresh air, going for a walk or cycle ride or quite simply sitting out in your garden.
:: Eat healthy, plenty of fruit and vegetables or trying out different meals each day.
:: Make a relaxing or upbeat playlist for your phone, laptop, tablet (I use Spotify).
:: Baking, beginner or expert baking will always be my favourite way to keep occupied and is always a great stress buster for me.
:: Crafts, I love drawing whilst listening to music as it always takes my mind off of things. I'd love to start getting into painting too so I think I'll be getting a canvas soon.
:: Writing, in a journal or even a blog post, creative writing or just jotting down some thoughts and feelings.
:: Photography, I always have a camera on hand whether it be my camera phone or my DSLR I find it so relaxing to take photos.
:: Pinterest boards. I like making inspirational Pinterest boards such as quotes, travel photos, photography ideas, arts and crafts and baking.
:: Declutter. Could be sorting through a wardrobe by putting clothes out for charity or putting outfits together.
:: Learn something new. Like playing an instrument or a new language (I used Duolingo, a free app to learn Spanish, I failed a bit but at least I tried!).
:: Be in a new surrounding. Sometimes I can feel like I'm trapped if I'm spending a lot of time at home, so visiting someplace else is always nice to see some new scenery.
Do you have any more ideas
to add to the list? Let me know
in the comments, I'd love to hear!