If you know me the last thing you think I suffer from is Anxiety. To be honest it’s pretty new, and I’ve only become aware of it in the last two years. I’ve been told by professionals that I may have been suffering from it earlier and just never realised. It still doesn’t make sense to me, so I try and just manage each episode as it happens. Anxiety by definition is a feeling of worry or nervousness over an imminent event. But anyone who suffers from anxiety knows that it’s not that simple. It can hit you out of nowhere. I could be having lunch with a friend, talking about pillows and then BAM! out of nowhere I’m having an attack. Even whilst writing this post I’ve started up. So I’m just going to try and focus on one thing, which is making sense of these words and not all the branches of worries that spontaneously increase and energise all these “OH SHIT !” feelings.
Anxiety can manifest itself in many different ways. For me, my body is physically under attack. Breathing is difficult, chest pains, palpitations, headaches, sometimes even rashes. I imagine my mind having a million tabs open and then I start opening each one to find out what the problem is and then I begin to imagine the worst for all of these subjects. Even though I can rationalise and talk myself through it, the hardest part is controlling my body’s physical reactions.
I haven’t managed to cure it, but what I am learning is how to manage it as much as I can by implementing different routines into my daily life. Leona and I both feel really strongly about wellbeing and we love trying different things and we want to continue to share our discoveries with you.
Here’s a few things that have helped with my Anxiety so far:
- Talk to someone – tell them your biggest concern so they can help you cross out the top scenarios and bring you back to reality a little
- Understand what you can change and what you cannot change – focus on what you can change right now
- Get organised – To do lists, monthly goal sheets, you name it!
- Be Inspired – I have a visual moodboard with quotes and pictures up on my wall.
- Eat clean- Oats, Rose and Valerian root have natural healing properties to treat anxiety.
- Make time for yourself – No computers or phones allowed!
- Declutter your stuff – If you don’t use it, give it to someone who will.
- Meditation & Yoga – Meditating daily has been a huge part of my anxiety management, I can’t recommend it enough.
Check out some of my favourite oat breakfast recipes to help kick start your day anxiety free here.
Love Maloy xoxo