We’re Friends Right? So Lets Talk About Anxiety

friends 2.jpgANXIETY– Can literally control someone’s life. That is such a sad statement, but guys that is the truth. I am not ashamed to talk about this and say ya.. I have anxiety.

Let me just say anxiety is no JOKE. We need to take care of our mental health just like we take care of skin or our physical health. I think it’s an important topic to talk about and shed some light on. So I wanted to share with you the things I do to calm my anxiety and take back control of my thoughts.

Don’t you think everyone experiences anxiety at some point in their life? Well they do.. Anxiety is highly subjective to each person, obviously worse for some than others. Something that helped me right away is just saying. I need some help- – like I’m at a point that I need some guidance on how to manage my anxiety. Just SAYING that right there was life changing for me.

So here is what I have done over the last few years of my life to help manage my anxiety.

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▴ Take a moment and breath. When I consciously focus on calming my thoughts and calming breaths, I can feel my body start to relax. Honestly, there are tons of different breathing exercises for anxiety, so try out several to see what works best for you. What I do is I close my eyes, and start to relax every muscle group from my toes up to my head.  I then take 6 deep breaths through my nose and hold for 5 seconds. “If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” — Amit Raz

▴ Adrenal Support- So I’ve talked about the importance of  adrenal support before and I’ll say it again if you have anxiety you need to study up on the connection between the two. I support my adrenals with proper supplementation and I notice a huge difference when I am not on them. Someone like a naturopathic doctor is going to be able to guide best, let me know if you have any questions about this.

Lay off the coffee--This is a very sad truth! I have now limited my caffeine intake to one cup a day and I notice a big difference. Period End of Story.

Meditation. I have been trying to incorporate meditation into my life for awhile now. I am trying try train myself to be mindful. Meditation is helping me take unproductive worries and look at them in a totally different way. I found Melissa Wood  through a favorite blogger of mine. Her free 10 minute meditation is a great place to start if you are wanting to get into meditation.

▴ Have a person. Guys–I am all about going to therapy when you need too.  There is still such a stigma around therapy, which is so sad.  People need to freaking GET OVER IT! Therapy for is a place to learn about yourself and how to handle all of our feelings.

So many times I just hear people say, “Oh I’m just working through it myself.” That might work for some people but for me my mom couldn’t be my therapist FOREVER (love you mom). I guess at the end of the day it is just important to talk to someone when you need to talk. Talk, Learn, Grow and fill your mind with positivity — I recently introduced to Susan David who talks about emotional agility, which is eye opening & mind blowing at the same time. Listen to her over on the podcast, The Robcast,

These are a few tips that really have worked for me and help me handle the day to day anxiety most of us have.

I’m pretty much trying to just trying to become a MASTER of my emotions– no big deal!

Let me know if you have any questions. AND of course I want to know how you deal with your anxiety. Share your tips me, I love hearing them!

XO- Whitney


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