Changing Your Routine To Ease Your Anxiety

As you guys know I talk a lot about anxiety and my experience with it on this blog. I have received so much positive feedback from everyone which is so amazing and I really appreciate it. I’ve also received a lot of comments from people who are going through something similar and so I thought I would share what I’ve been doing recently to help ease my anxiety which has really been helping me a lot.

Technology- You’ve probably heard a lot of people say that technology is bad for people with anxiety or mental illness but I tend to argue against that. I don’t think technology is bad for your anxiety as long as you use it right. There is a lot of stuff that you can do that will worsen your anxiety but there are a lot of benefits too. For example, I love meditation apps (check out my favourite five here), yoga tutorials, and my recent favourite relaxation/meditation music. At the moment I have been listening to Aroshanti’s ‘Zen Relaxation’ album which is doing wonders for me. It is a mix of Japanese Shakuhachi and Chinese Dizi flutes, echoed with Tibetan chanting which has really been helping me relax. I usually listen to the tracks “Compassion”, “Inner Peace”, and “Inner Illumination” in the morning to help start my day with positivity and calmness and in the evening I usually listen to “Acceptance”, “Stillness of Zen” and “Inner Peace” which has really been helping with my insomnia.

     

Meditation/yoga- Meditation and yoga both in the morning and evenings is really helpful too and if you suffer from anxiety I would definitely recommend trying to meditate or do yoga for at least a few minutes everyday. Meditation has really helped me calm my mind and regain control of my feelings. Yoga is helping to control my body and mind as well as help me open up and be more in touch with my emotions.

     

Relaxation- A lot of times we are so preoccupied with our life we forget to slow down and just breathe. Seriously, try sitting down and just taking deep breaths! It is such a wonderful experience and really clears your mind and helps get rid of pent up energy/anxiety. I usually like to listen to “Acceptance” or when I feel stressed out I like to listen to “Searching Within Zen” by Aroshanti which helps me think logically and helps me find solutions to my problems without freaking out. You should definitely try taking a few minutes every morning and night to just relax and calm yourself down.

       

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DEAR ME: An Open Letter To My 15 Year Old Self (Guest Post)

Wow. So you’re finally 18. Legally adult huh?

Struggling with mental issues and self disgust and suicidal thoughts and what not, you made it to 18. I know you used to think you won’t ever make it till even 18, but here you are, a published author and happy as can be.

You owe it to a lot of people. I know. But still, seeing you as happy as you are now, I am really proud of how you managed yourself and made it to this point. And now you’re managing blogs and Instagram accounts and got an impressive follower count for a beginner.

You know, you never gave yourself enough credit. You know how to take care of yourself and others too. You have got a great set of friends now. I mean you used to be so scared of making friends and talking to people, didn’t you? Now look at yourself. And don’t worry, the rest of the transformation will come as you get through college and get a job. Interacting with people becomes easier with time, don’t worry.

Now my last piece of advice for you is that don’t worry so much, enjoy. Enjoy life as much as you can because you only get one life, don’t waste time worrying. And besides, you’ll never be as young as you are now. Leave the worrying for the adults and go have fun!

Continue writing and reading books. Do more of what makes you happy.

And to everyone who is struggling like me, I’d like to say, just hang In there. Everything works out in the end. Don’t ever lose hope. No matter what.

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Making Connections Is Vital (Guest Post)

By Dr. Sinu, MD

Keep It Authentic

Whether you are young, old, rich or poor, do not isolate yourself and think that you have the world at your fingertips; it’s a fantasy. No matter how talented or successful you may be, isolation will eat you alive; first
will come the insecurity and anxiety, followed by the inevitable depression. A lone wolf mentality does not last.

Emotional intelligence involves having self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills; the ability to make connections. Strong friendships, family relationships and other connections are key to developing excellent mental health.

Whether you are a student, lawyer or NBA baller, the benefits from making prosperous connections are enormous:
New friendships that will bring you happiness and love
A boost in confidence (being able to handle multiple connections will increase your sense of value)
Improved social skills (the more you interact with different types of people, the more diversity you expose yourself too)
Gaining new knowledge and insight (people come from many different walks of life; there is always something new you can learn)
Helps keep depression away (depression strives best when we are lonely and vulnerable; keep the depression door shut and open the social doors that will bring you happiness and prosperity)

Lastly, do not take advantage of your connections; your selfishness will not go unnoticed forever. Be authentic and strive to learn and build with your connections; sharing is caring!
The DSM Ready Movement is about building an international community focused on bringing people together to achieve a happier and healthier state of mind! dsmready.com
Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)

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Unique Ways to Clear Your Mind (Guest Post)

When you’re dealing with depression, anxiety, or you just need a new filter on life, there are many ways to clear your mind and allow you to get a better sense of mental health. In this post, we will look at a few ways you can clear your mind that are unique.

But First

If you are suffering from depression, anxiety, need life advice, or need relationship help, there is no shame in speaking to a counselor or a therapist for help. Online counseling and therapy has made it easier than ever. Sites such as Regain.us help to lead the charge, and you can be a part of the online counseling revolution by trying it out.

Write Your Feelings Down

When you have a stressed mind, why not write everything down? Thanks to phones, you can write down your feelings anywhere. You can be direct, or try to be creative with expressing yourself by putting it in a story or another unique manner. If you can’t sleep, writing everything down is a great way for you to unwind and go back to sleep. Try blogging out as well.

Try a New Look

Sometimes, by changing your look around, you can refresh yourself. A new look can mean a new hairstyle, a new wardrobe, or anything that keeps you looking fresh. While it won’t clear all of your problems, you can treat it like a fresh start.

Try Mindful Behaviors

Mindfulness is something that you should try if you want to clear your mind. Being mindful means that you are aware of the present and the world around you, learning how to discard self-defeating thoughts and feelings. You can achieve mindfulness through methods like body scans, meditative breathing, or take mindfulness courses to make it easier.

White Noise

Listening to a bunch of white noise is a great way to clear your mind. For those who don’t know where to go to look for white noise, YouTube videos that play ocean, rain, or ambient music are a good start. Or you can look to apps that can make noise. White noise is great for focusing and for sleeping if you feel like your mind is too preoccupied.

Go on a Long Run

A run is good for the mind. It helps release feel-good chemicals to keep you happy and helps to relieve pain. In addition, it’s great for focusing. Going on a long, productive run may be the answer you’re looking for. If you’re not physically fit, a nice little walk in nature may be able to suffice.

New Surroundings

Going on a little vacation can help clear your mind. A new surrounding can help keep your mind preoccupied and put your troubles on the back-burner for a little while. Your vacation doesn’t have to be super expensive, either; you can go to a park or another new place you haven’t been to if you want to get the new surroundings experience without paying too much.

Spend Extra Time With Your Kids

If you have children, spend time with them and focus on their well-being. While you should be out for yourself as well, taking some time for your kids is a good move. You can get some new ideas for activities, too, by looking at some websites. For more information on the topic, it might be helpful to review sites like FamilyHype or FamilyEducation.com.

Conclusion

Clearing your mind is a challenge. Life can be a hassle, we know, but by taking some time to defragment, you can handle your problems in a way that is healthy and productive for everyone. Try it out and see what we mean.

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Six Word Story

She shivered in fear… and excitement.

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#22 Bloom | May, Myself and I (Guest Post)

Stop for a moment and picture a bunch of snowdrops. Their thin, pale green stalks. Their perfect, clean white petals. Their tiny, modest size. They’re delicate little things and yet we can learn a lot from them. See, snowdrops are one of the first flowers to bloom in spring. They grow in rocky, nutrient-lacking soil, often in the shadows, starved from the sun’s warmth and light. Because they bloom so early, they have to fight through frost and ice before they even reach the surface of the soil. And yet, even after all this, they bloom. They fight their way through the obstacles and grow to be beautiful and unique. Sure, they’re petals can be marked or their stalks can be bent but that somehow doesn’t matter.
We, too, can be like snowdrops. Sometimes we have to come through really difficult stuff and it can, at times,  look like we’re not going to make it.

I know I’ve definitely been in this place. Since I was pretty young, I’ve struggled with my mental health and over the years I’ve gone through endless panic attacks and depressive episodes. It’s hard. It’s really hard. But I am seeing the first delicate green shoots arising from the ground and I know that I’m growing. I know that I can’t give up. And neither can you.

So if you’re in rocky soil, if you’re in the shadows looking at a field of perfect roses in the sun, DO NOT GIVE UP. Because you never know one day you might just bloom.

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Six Word Story

Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month I thought I would spend this week sharing different types of posts that are about mental health awareness. This six word story is how I feel about my anxiety. For more posts on mental health click here.

Always taunting me from a distance.

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4 Apps That Are Great For Meditation

Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month I thought I would spend this week sharing different types of posts that are about mental health awareness. Meditation has been a huge help for me and I thought I would share some apps that might be helpful to others. For more posts on mental health click here.

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Headspace-  This app offers multiple short daily exercises which typically last 10, 15, or twenty minutes. There are some longer and shorter exercises. I’ve used this before and it was really great especially when you don’t have a lot of time and want to do a short meditation.

iPhone– 4.7 Stars

Android- 4.3 Stars

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Stop, Breathe & Think- So this is one that I’ve been using for a while now. It’s really great to calm you down or if you have sleep problems. It has multiple meditations depending on your mood and how you’re feeling. They are mostly short but for me I definitely think they do the trick.

iPhone- 4.8 Stars

Android- 4.4 Stars

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The Mindfulness App- This app offers guided or silent meditations ranging from 3-30 minutes. It also offers personalized meditation options and reminders throughout the day to remind you to stay mindful.

iPhone- 4.7 Stars

Android- 4.3 Stars

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Calm- This app has calming and breathing exercises to help you relax as well as a kids section for children between the ages of three and seventeen. It even offers voice exercises done voiced actors!

iPhone- 4.8 Stars

Android– 4.5 Stars

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What My Anxiety Has Taught Me

Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month I thought I would spend this week sharing different types of posts that are about mental health awareness. For more posts on mental health click here.

Change is good- Even though change can be very anxiety inducing for people even those that don’t necessarily have an anxiety disorder it’s even more difficult for people that have an anxiety disorder. I personally used to hate change because it made my anxiety a lot worse but now I’ve realised that I shouldn’t let anxiety force me to maintain a routine I don’t want to maintain. Change has a lot of positives too and I need to embrace that.

Give it time- I was recently talking to a close friend of mine and we were talking about our experiences with anxiety and we both agreed that it definitely gets better over time. At first you have no idea what’s happening or how to make it better but eventually you learn what makes your anxiety worse and how to control your anxiety at least to the extent that it doesn’t disrupt your day-to-day life.

It’s not worth sacrificing having fun- For a while I let anxiety control me and my life. I stopped doing things I enjoyed just so that I wouldn’t have to face my anxiety. However, over time I have learnt to ignore the anxiety in my head and just go ahead and do what I want even if the few hours before it are anxiety filled.

Life goes on- Even though anxiety is not something that ever goes away permanently there are lots of ways that help ease and reduce it. Eventually you learn how to deal with it and life goes on for you.

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Technology And Mental Health

Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month I thought I would spend this week sharing different types of posts that are about mental health awareness. For more posts on mental health click here.

I just want to start out by saying that I know technology has a lot of cons but the things I talk about in this post are just my thoughts on technology and how it effects my anxiety and mental health in general.

For the longest time I’ve been hearing people talk about technology, the internet, social media and how this is effecting the youth or people in general negatively and I agree. The internet and social media can be detremental to a lot of peoples mental health and lead to eating disorders and other mental health problems.

However, for me it feels like the internet and social media really help with my anxiety. If you have anxiety or know anything about anxiety and mental health issues you know that they are not under anyone’s control and you can’t just turn it off. Anxiety just shows up randomly like that annoying family member that never calls ahead (we’ve all got one).

Whenever I do get anxious however, I’ve realised that it really helps to browse through social media and distract myself for a while. It also really helps to look through WordPress and read all the amazing posts you guys put out. I know a lot of people are like you’re generation is always on the phone it’s so disrespectful (which it can be depending on the circumstances) but I just hope that you guys realise that sometimes we aren’t on our phone/laptop because we want to be or because we’re addicted or whatever but because it helps us get through stuff. I hope the next time you see someone on their phone you can try to be a bit more lenient and think about how this person might be panicking about something and is trying to calm themselves down.

Not everything to do with the internet and social media is a bad thing. For me it gives a shy, awkward kid who sucks at real life conversations an outlet to express themselves. It also gives me a break from anxiety and helps me calm down.

Sorry if this sounded like kind of a rant but I had been meaning to write this post for quite a while and I hope it sheds some light into the pros of technology for people with anxiety and other mental health problems.

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