Anxiety – My Daily Struggles and Self Care Tips

I’m having a bit of tough time dealing with my anxiety today. Work has been a tad stressful and a mistake has been made on my behalf. Although in the grand scheme of things it isn’t that bad, it’s eating away at me. I feel this overwhelming mix of emotions – sadness, guilt, anxiety and panic.

It’s a horrible feeling. I want to go home and hide under my duvet as it’s my safe place and work can’t find me there. In reality of course, these feelings follow me everywhere.

One of the things I really enjoy about my blog, is that it gives me a chance to share my experiences and discover others’. I’ve come across some really uplifting and inspiring content recently that reminds me it’s OK to have bad days, and there are people out there who understand exactly how I feel right now. It’s a very comforting feeling.

I’m really enjoying tweets from @Nuddge_ on Twitter at the moment. There are several reasons why I enjoy reading them, but my main reasons centre around the fact that I relate to a lot of the content and the coping strategies. It really does make me feel less alone on days like today.

I would like to share a few of these tweets with you as I found them to be a source of comfort and you may too.

Mondays

@Nuddge_ Monday mornings are tough. My #anxiety & #depression seem to be at their worst😐 What helps your morning #MentalHealth? #MondayMotivation 💜

Like most people, I’m not a fan of Mondays. I always have this uneasy feeling as I leave the house and I have to tell myself that everything will be OK. What am I actually worried about? I don’t really know. I’m much better at dealing with it now than I used to be, but the feeling still lingers.

Every job comes with its stressful moments and I know that inevitably, I’ll have to face some uneasy experiences throughout the week. I also have to remind myself that life will throw new obstacles at me, and that I have to just embrace them and take each day one step at a time. Clinging onto the hope that I will be stress free and happy all week, will ultimately be my downfall when something doesn’t go quite to plan. Have you ever had one of those moments where you reflect on how much you’ve enjoyed your day, only to feel sad because you’re not sure when you’ll feel like this again? This is something I used to do a lot, and when the bad days came, I felt even more lost and unhappy.

I’ve taught myself not to plan things out too much, to allow for spontaneity and just enjoy the moment. If I’m having a good day, I don’t question it or wonder why anymore, I just enjoy that feeling and appreciate that happy moment. Equally, on my bad days, I remember how far I’ve come and allow myself to understand that its OK to have the ocassional bad day.

Me time

@Nuddge_ Even though it’s Saturday, I still feel stressed & worried I’m not doing enough. That’s a part of my #Anxiety #MentalHealth tips below ⬇💜

Anxiety I try to give myself a bit of me time every now and then. There are lots of things that keep me busy in life, work, friends, housework, time with my fiancé, the list goes on. On the subject of lists, I usually have an on going “to do” check list that I need to make my way through. I just can’t relax sometimes. There are so many things going on in my head and I have to be organised. It tires me out a lot of the time, but I get a sense of achievement when I’ve worked my way through my tasks for the day. It’s an OCD of mine.

When I do allow for a bit of me time, I end up panicking because I don’t know what to do with myself. I could be reading or watching a film, yet panicking the whole time because I’m not being productive. This in turn stresses me out and I then think of ways to utilise my time in a more valuable way. I’m not even sure what exactly this achieves when I do, other than making me feel better about the fact that I’m doing more. I’m still working on this one. Last night was a bubble bath with candles and a book, courtesy of my fiancé. It was cosy and relaxing, just what I needed on a Sunday evening.

A few of my favourite mental health tips from this tweet:

1. Write how you feel – this is how my blog started

2. Find a dog – I love that warm fuzzy feeling you get when cuddling dogs

3. Wear something comfy – I’m forever living/hiding in my dressing gown and PJs after work

4. Drink warm tea – this always helps at work (although I do then worry about the tea staining my teeth!)

5. Look at pretty art – this for me is actually watching The Simpsons before bed, but it makes me laugh. It also stops me from focusing on things that can sometimes give me panic attacks before I go to sleep

Milhouse Anxiety

The worst possible conclusion

@Nuddge_ With my #anxiety I jump to the worst ever conclusions, but it always turns out ok💜 Who relates? #MentalHealth #WednesdayWisdom @tlkateart

When things go wrong sometimes, it can feel like the end of the world with no way out. It could be something small and insignificant in reality, but in my head it plays out as the worst possible scenario that makes me incredibly anxious. This comes back to my need to be organised, I like to prevent such things from happening. I’m slowly coming to grips with playing life by ear and just seeing what happens. The majority of the time, things do turn out OK, even if it doesn’t initially seem like that.

Self care tips for Anxiety

This really applies to anyone! 💜 Best tip on there for me is leaving your desk to eat lunch, this really improves my #MentalHealth at work

Anxiety self care tips Although this refers to self care tips at work, here are my favourite top five tips for life in general:

1. Give to others – this is incredibly rewarding. Knowing that I have made someone else’s day better makes me feel better

2. Be kind to yourself – this was actually my new years resolution for 2017

3. Pat a furry friend – everybody loves puppies and kittens

4. Don’t compare yourself to others – do what makes you happy

5. Schedule time out – we all need a bit of me time

If you found some of these tweets helpful, I would definitely recommend following @Nuddge_ on Twitter ☺

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5 thoughts on “Anxiety – My Daily Struggles and Self Care Tips

  • November 7, 2017 at 9:01 am
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    Excellent site you’ve got here.. It’s hard to
    find high-quality writing like yours these days. I honestly
    appreciate people like you! Take care!!

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    • November 7, 2017 at 7:45 pm
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      Your comment has made my day! Thank you for taking the time to read my post 🙂

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  • June 20, 2018 at 10:43 pm
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    I relate to a lot of the things you wrote here: feeling uneasy leaving the house (as a matter of fact, my anxiety got so bad recently that I just couldn’t leave the house to go to work, have been on med. leave for almost three months), making to-do lists and never relaxing (I used to make lists for my holidays, so I wouldn’t never waste a minute not doing anything), that feeling of accomplishment when you’ve ticked off everything, etc. etc. To other people, you just look like an overachiever, but in reality you’re a slave to yourself.
    I have two dogs, they do help with anxiety and depression. Thinking of getting a third one 🙂
    Love xx

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    • June 24, 2018 at 11:25 am
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      I’ll be completely honest, I do question sometimes whether it’s even worth continuing my blog. When I read comments like this, it reminds me of why I started it in the first place. It’s really nice to interact with people who can relate to your content.

      Thank you for taking the time to read my post. I have a kitten now, and I cannot even begin to explain how much he helps me on my bad days with anxiety 🙂

      I hope you’re having a great weekend lovely xx

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