How To Kick Anxieties Ass| Collab w/ Nicculent!

Hello lovelies, and welcome back to Adultish! Now as you know if you’ve been following my blog for any amount of time I am about as anxious as they come. I’m talking I can’t tie my shoes if I am hesitant about my breakfast choice kind of anxious. Anxiety is such a complex “thing” (let’s not call it a disorder just to be nice). Nicculent has done an amazing job at outlining what anxiety is, and how to tell if you have it. This is a collaboration we have worked hard on and to get the full effect make sure you check out her blog on this as well! In this blog we will talk about ways to manage your anxiety… and let me tell you, I have definitely found some tricks along the way!

Firstly, I think it’s really important to come to terms with the idea that you are anxious. I don’t believe in hiding your feelings and hoping they will go away. That’s the equivalent of putting a blanket over a pile of laundry and pretending it’s folded- while we have all been guilty, we are just lying to ourselves.

Now that you know you’re an anxious little bundle of emotions, try to rationally think about what it is that’s making you anxious. Take your anxiety as an opportunity to reevaluate your current situation and ask yourself what could be done to resolve the problem. This takes a tremendous effort to step outside of the “feelings” box you are in and enter a happier place.

This happy place can be whatever you want it to be. Think beach, forest, at home with your partner, with your parents, or alone in a bath tub with a bottle of wine (guilty). When you become anxious think about this happy place, it will lower your heart rate and allow your thoughts to swim a bit slower so you can actually *think* about what is going on.

While you are rationally thinking about your life and visualizing yourself in a tub as big as the Ganges river, your thoughts can either be happy or good. Usually when we are anxious we are also mean to ourselves. Thoughts like “why didn’t I do this, ugh so stupid!” swim around and that hammers us into an even more anxious little ball of emotion. Instead of letting your “mean voice” control the scene, allow the positive voice to come into play. Think “I know this didn’t go as planned, but what can I do now.”. When we think negatively we charge the vicious cycle of anxiety. When we think positively, we calm the cycle, we ground ourselves and become more realistic in our thinking.

Now of course not everything is that easy, and it takes a very strong mind and heart to implement these steps as they are mentally challenging. But what you already know about anxiety is that certain things will serve as triggers to your anxiety. For me, I am most anxious when my apartment isn’t clean, or when I don’t get enough sleep. Situations out of my control that make me anxious is when I think someone is mad at me. These things I might not have complete control over and to think my apartment can be immaculate at all times is just a psychotic thought I have given up on. So instead, I learned to change my approach. If I think someone is mad at me, I rationally think if I have upset them, and even if I have, I tell myself I can not allow it to steal my joy.

It’s not like everytime you are experiencing severe anxiety that you have to play along with these mind game mentioned above. Sometimes you need a quicker, more realistic “fix’. This is when I recommend the following:

  • Talk to a friend, let them in, and maybe cry a little. It’s good for your soul and you will feel lighter- I pinky promise.
  • Go for a walk outside. Sunshine helps with your mood so much, and getting your body moving will make your mind stop.
  • EAT. Make sure you eat something throughout the day. I have noticed if I accidentally skimp on meals that my anxiety is 10x worse. I think it is the sugar crash.
  • Write it out. Take all of your anxious little feelings and thoughts and give them another home other than your mind. As the words form on your paper let them stay there, and do not give them permission to come back into your thoughts.
  • Talk to a doctor. When my anxiety and depression was at its worse I went to the doctor and was prescribed medicine that helped me SO much. I was still able to function, and it gave me the ability to live my life. When I got off the medicine I was left with a better understanding of which situations should instill anxiety and which one’s my brain was taking too far.

I hope this blog was helpful to someone! These were my tricks along the way to becoming a less anxious person, and how I think I was able to really overcome being diagnosed with anxiety. I hope you check out Nicculents blog as well and show her some love!

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To The Bloggers That Be| Featured Blogs| May Blog A Day

Herein lies my list of blogs I run to for humor, solace, life advice, and well… to be nosey.

When I first started my blog I really didn’t know what I was doing at all and I just wanted to speak my mind about more taboo subjects. In 7 months I have just shy of 200 followers and a whole new group of friends because of it. So, here’s to you for reading, comment, liking and following.

You’re the real MVP.

Julie Cares

She’s one of the most genuine bloggers I know, so nice and very engaged with commenting and giving back. Also, super active on IG. We joke about meet ups and being intoxicated. Watch out world.

Andrea Joy over at Saving Joyfully

-She has some really great ideas on saving, cheap things to do, and tons of blogs on birthday discounts. She also may or may not be the reason I am dying to buy a nespresso machine. OOPS!

Shanda on My Anxious Heart.

We “met” in an online “Young Wives” group… you know, when I was still married. Though I’m not in that group anymore I do love to keep up with some of the girls I knew. Shanda was born with a heart condition and has some lovely anxiety (hints the blog name, Anxious Heart). She’s a newly wed, and a total sweet heart.

Alys at Alys Journals 

She is one of my newest finds but has SO MANY BLOGS and a huge following. She writes about anxiety, things she’s learned in her twenties (hi, yes can you download straight into my brain) and has some really awesome blogging tips I am not get qualified to write about.

Jacque on SheDesignedALifeSheLovedHTX

We are actual real life friends and have way more in common than what you want to know. She is allll about traveling, fashion, being the cutest blonde of life and just a down right awesome human. You my faveeee.

Do yourself a favor and check out these blogs, save yourself some money, ooh and ahh over someone elses vacay, and remember to pay it forward. Since we are talking of paying it forward I want to pick YOUR brain. For the whole month of May I will be posting everyday. Let’s call it- May Blog A Day (because I’m not the most creative person). This means I will be collabing with YOU and your favorite blogs. Let’s interview you, collab, meet at Starbys and wreak havoc.

Ways to Collab

  • Email me over at tobeadultish@outlook.com
  • Comment on this blog and let me know!
  • Join me on May Blog A Day

Or don’t and be a rebel- whatevs.

 

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