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12 Ways to Deflate Anxiety Naturally

Anxiety and depression are not a fun topic to talk about but many of us struggle with symptoms of these every day. Whether it comes from unexpected, extreme circumstances that come into our lives, clinically, or from being over-stressed with our everyday lives it can get in the way of what we want to obtain out of life. Anxiety and depression can leave us feeling exhausted and unmotivated and not so sunny. It can be a real struggle just to have a normal day. I used to think that the only way to get rid of it was to go see a doctor and get medication – I think in the past many of us were conditioned that this was the only way to treat it. That’s not the case though. (*disclaimer – in some cases that may be the best option but it is not the only option. Always speak with your health care provider for the best options for you). This past year was a very stressful year for me. I was faced with many unexpected challenges, changes, and stressors. Earlier this month I shared a little bit in my post The Beginning of My Fight with Fear & Anxiety, about how I had found myself filled with anxiety and how it was making me feel trapped. For the past month, I have been focused on finding myself again and pulling myself back into the light. It has been a month full of positive changes and I am feeling more and more free each day. I have brought many practices back into my life that I had let slide over the crazy summer months and I have added some new routines to my week as well. I feel much stronger today than I did just four weeks ago. I did this, though, by putting myself back into full focus. Self-care is the ultimate tool in all forms.

I had the opportunity to partner with the Superfood Box to bring you some ways to help de-flate anxiety and stress and bring more “No Worries” time into your life.

All opinions are my own. This post was sponsored, which means I received compensation for this post. in form of payment or trade. For more information please reference my disclosure page

 

12 Ways to De-Flate Anxiety Naturally

 

1.) Journaling – Writing in a journal has proven many times to be a way to relieve and help process stagnant emotions sitting in our mind. This acts as a great form of therapy. Try and write every day, even if it’s just a few sentences. The more consistent you are, the better you’ll get at letting go and writing what’s stuck in your mind.

2.) Focus on your goals – When I started focusing back on my blogging and the launch of my business I started feeling more confident and more secure in my life again. It helped me feel more purposeful and I was excited about my progress which motivated me to keep at it. I took some time to make a list of what I wanted to accomplish by the end of the year and then set up a plan to reach it. This helped me set benchmarks so that I can see my progress each week as I go, helping me see the positive changes I was making each week.

3.) Eat well – When you fuel your body well you’ll have more energy to take on the world. Some foods have shown in studies to have properties to help lessen anxiety and improve stress management such as black walnuts, sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds. The black walnuts and the sesame and pumpkin seed Crunch bar I received in my No Worries Box were the perfect snacks to have at my desk on a busy, stressful day. Black walnuts contain a great amount of serotonin and gamma-aminobutyric acid which acts as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system that is critical for relaxation and helps regulate mood. By munching on these healthy treats, I noticed how much calmer I felt in handling the challenges of the day. I also received a Reishi Mushroom Elixer that has been used to treat anxiety. This was a great drink to sip on during my busy afternoons flavored with star anise, licorice and stevia.

4.) Meditate – Practicing meditation every day is a great way to clear your mind and to relax. I find it helpful to start each day with a quick meditation and then end my day with a longer, mindfulness practice. This allows me to focus on letting thoughts flow through rather than dwelling on them circling in my mind.

5.) Exercise – I started working out at least three times a week. This is such a strong stress reliever for me. Not only does it help me strengthen my body but it also helps strengthen my mind. I feel like I have more energy and am more motivated for each day. I joined a personal training program and put a few goals, like running a half marathon in April and a 10 miler in June, on the calendar to help hold me accountable. I also find that partnering up with friends has been an amazing way to keep going (and bonus I get that BFF time that I needed too!). My training program routine includes a good mix of running, weight training, and Yoga. This gives me a good all around work out routine and keeps it interesting for me.

6.) Soul Strengthening Daily Affirmations – It may seem like these are just words at first but reciting daily affirmations help you reshape your thoughts and your mind to see the world and yourself in a more positive light. If you retrain your mind to believe that you are strong, then you will be strong. I surround myself with daily affirmations and inspirational quotes. I post them on my wall behind my bed so I see them every morning, I stick post-it notes on my mirror in my bathroom, I receive #truthbombs from Danielle LaPorte in my inbox every day, and I post inspirational messages on my screensaver on my computer. Maybe it’s my love language being my ‘words of affirmation’ but I can’t get enough of them.

7.) Get enough sleep – This I struggle with a bit. I have quite a racing mind, filled with thoughts from the day, over-analyzing every situation of the day, and lots of ideas for new creations flowing in. I made it a focus to work on shutting it down so that I can get better rest. Without good rest, my emotions can seem heightened and I can find it hard to manage stress throughout the day. I have been setting my bed time earlier and scheduling in wind down time before. This gives me time to slow down for the night. The Yogi Kava Kava Tea I received in my No Worries Box has been a great addition to my routine to help me relax. Kava is an herb that has shown in studies to be amazing at reducing anxiety. This blend of tea includes kava, cinnamon, carob, sarsaparilla, ginger, cardamom and stevia making it a wonderful treat for the evening.

8.) Find a hobby to love – For me this is painting. I have always loved painting but I’ve been working on making more time for it. I can escape from the world when I paint. It gives me time to just be me and to recharge. The more I let go in this process, the more free I feel and the more beautiful my art is when I emerge.

9.) Natural Supplements – I’ve used melatonin to aid in sleep but many of these were new to me. In my No Worries Box I received two particular supplements to try – Passionflower and St John’s Wort. I loved the idea of using natural supplements verses medications so I gave them a try with the okay from my medical provider (*Always check with your medical provider before trying supplements). Studies have shown that Passionflower helps to improve sleep quality and in managing stress and anxiety. St John’s Wort has been shown to act as a natural anti-depressant.

10.) Talk it out with your BFFs – Sometimes a good night out with my pals is the perfect way to blow off some steam. I’m known to hermit up when I get stressed and bogged down in life but that can leave me feeling isolated sometimes so I’ve been working on planning more activities to get out and do with my friends, spending some down time with them to vent out what’s on my mind, soaking in some of their positive words and advice. Whether it’s taking a power walk on the rail trail, enjoying a glass of wine over dinner, or joining in on a local ghost stories walk in town I’ve been making sure to get some time on my calendar each week for some quality friendship time.

11.) Make time for more mindfulness and gratitude in your day – I’ve added to my routine some mindfulness time each day. I sit down with a cup of Ashwagandha tea from the No Worries Box and take some deep breaths and just listen, look and observe and think of what I am grateful for having in my life. These simple moments have provided me space and time to “just be”, this is my “no worries” time that I reserve for myself each day.

12.) Counseling – I find this a safe place for me to go to for help organizing my thoughts. I am also discovering a lot about myself through this process. I am able to approach my thoughts from an intellectual and creative stand point without judgement which helps me see them in a new way, in a clearer way. Starting counseling can be scary at first, going to talk about your innermost feelings and thoughts with someone you don’t know. I set my expectations up front of what I wanted to obtain in my sessions and that I wanted to complete therapy without medications. This set the standard for my treatment and helped me feel more comfortable.

 

 The No Worries Box from Superfood Box included many wonderful items that helped boost my self-care routine to help me manage the stress and the anxiety I was feeling. I really enjoyed working with this company. I could sense the compassion for the world and the love that they have for what they do. Superfood Box offers several different types of boxes for you to choose from. I am looking forward to trying all they have to offer. The value of the items you receive is spectacular and the pricing is very reasonable. They also offer the opportunity to order tropical fruit which is shipped using Fenugreen’s Patented Freshpaper infused with naturally antimicrobial and anti-fungal spices like Fenugreek that kept my fruit fresh during shipment. They have a great variety to choose from like rambutans (one of my favorites!), passion fruit, pomegranates, persimmons and many more. Something else I loved about my box is that they included a great document in my shipment that explained all the things I received so that I felt educated in trying my new products.

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The Beginning of My Fight with Fear & Anxiety

This is one of those raw, emotional and disclosing posts…

I am in a tough spot right now in my life. This may come to a surprise to some and some know I’ve been hurting. This past year has been particularly hard on me. I’m left feeling burnt out and drained emotionally. I had become depleted. So much has happened in this past year, both highs and lows, but leaving me feeling like a tornado has torn through my life setting all kinds of things out of order. I write about staying positive and pushing on and I hold those values high in my mind and in my heart but tonight I come to you to tell you that it’s okay to be in a rough spot in your life, it’s okay to not know what to do. I find that I am struggling to ask for what I need and I’m just trying to figure it out as I go along. I know the actions to take to move forward and I know things will get better and I truly believe that at the core of my heart, even when my doubts are circling in my head. Some days I’m feeling strong and am more hopeful than others and some days I feel like I’m just going through the motions. This is part of my journey, this is part of my discovery. I push on trying to believe that there is something better ahead and that all things have a purpose and a lesson. When I started writing this post I paused in fear. I paused because I worried that sharing this would destroy the image of who I am at my core. Fear. Fear is what holds us back from so many things. So I made the choice to not let fear hold me back tonight from sharing even the darkest part of me. There are many little parts that make us into who we are, don’t judge yourself on one. If we didn’t have struggles, then we couldn’t find strength. Pain is part of humanity, part of life.

My life has had many ups and downs this year and they have all caught up to me. We spend our entire lives trying to prepare for anything that could happen but in truth we’re never really prepared for everything that can come to us. When something new comes into our lives it can create all kinds of new feelings and emotions and thoughts and it can leave you feeling spiraled and overwhelmed, especially when it’s several new things all at once. For me I had several doors closing and many more opening at the same time. I found myself in a spot confused and some days I wasn’t sure if I needed to go forward or go backwards. I found myself filling with anxiety and the anxiety was winning, it was taking over. For months I kept telling myself it was just the chaos I was stuck in and that it would clear away when things calmed down, when hard times past but it held tight to me, to my heart and to my soul. I started feeling lost, not like myself anymore. I became overly self-critical taking my self-awareness to another level. The trait that I had always considered my strongest was becoming my nemesis. I found myself worrying about everything down to every second of the day. I told myself every night that it would pass and tomorrow would be better but instead I woke up in the morning completely drowned in feelings and tight knots in my chest. I found it hard to declare the feelings I was having but it came to a point where I wasn’t living my life anymore, not the way I wanted to, not as the person that I truly am. I was being masked by stress, by the anxiety. My pride had gotten in the way of getting the help I needed, of helping myself. I’d like to say that I was one of those people that just isolated herself but instead I started pushing people away and creating craziness where there was none before. I started doubting everything around me, including myself. The security I had spent so long building around me and within myself I was crumbling to pieces.

Recognizing this and admitting that I was falling to myself was my first step to recovery. The next step was to admit it to the people I love. This was the hardest for me. I was the friend, the daughter, the mother, that always stayed positive through everything and could find a smile in every day. I was the one that always saw the silver lining. I felt like a fraud. I felt like I was failing in my role. But I believe in honesty and I believe in no charades so as hard as it was I pushed myself to open up. What I found is that we’ve all felt pain, we’ve all needed help and they told me it was okay to hurt and they are telling me that it’s going to get better. 

I may still be hurting but I am making the choice to get better, that I have control of. No matter what is ahead of me or who’s going to be there on the other side, I am making an absolute choice that I don’t have the choice to not get better and that is an example of my character. I am telling myself that I’m going to come out of this a better person and a stronger woman. I’m learning through all of this that it is okay to be vulnerable. It’s okay to be scared, it’s okay to hurt and you don’t have to be embarrassed for having a hard time. It’s okay to not have everything together all of the time.  

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15 Things To Do When You’re Feeling Lonely

Sometimes we find ourselves feeling a bit off, feeling a little lonely. Finding a way to reconnect with loved ones, the world, and with yourself will help qualm these feelings.

Here’s a list of 15 activities to help you beat those blues and reconnect with yourself and the world around you. 

  1. Message a Friend.
  2. Read a book. (Here’s a great list of some wonderful Self-Care & Self Love Books: 15 Books to Bring Self-Love & Self-Care Into Your Life)
  3. Put on music and dance around the house. (Something upbeat to get you moving!)
  4. Go to the gym.
  5. Call your Mom or Dad and catch up.
  6. Watch a funny movie.
  7. Paint or make a craft. (Creative expression is a great way to get your feelings out and your mind into a positive mindset.)
  8. Journal.
  9. De-clutter your closet or pantry. (A feeling of accomplishment is a great way to beat the blues.)
  10. Garden or plant something. (This helps you connect with nature and will help you feel like you are part of something bigger.)
  11. Bake goodies for the office.
  12. Take your pup for a walk or snuggle with your cat.
  13. Write out an adventurous Bucket List.
  14. Have a solo yoga practice.
  15. Take a nap. (Sometimes just a good rest and some great dreams does the trick!)