It’s no wonder that we’re so anxious these days.
We fight to survive in a world our parents and grandparents navigated with ease. We must kick, scratch, and bite our way to success. It seems that there’s nothing we can do that hasn’t been done before. #thestruggleisREAL 😅
We’re scared and we worry about everything. We overthink. Being constantly connected to the news and social media doesn’t do us any favors. We know about all of the terrible things happening in the world, and we worry about that too.
But we’re resilient. We won’t let fear and worry end us. Take the new job, travel to the place, and seize all of the stress-inducing situations thrown at you.
A benefit of facing what you’re afraid of head-on is not being afraid anymore.
Here are a few things you can do to lesson the load while still kicking ass:
1 – Luxurious bubble baths for no reason. LUSH products are fabulous for this! Close your eyes in the tub and get lost in the warmth of your water, and the scent of your bath. Your muscles will relax and your troubles will start to melt away.
2 – Relax with massages. Massages bring me to my happy place, especially foot massages. I was spoiled with foot massages daily from my significant other, and once he started working a lot I bought this foot massager machine. It’s not as amazing as the real thing, but close enough. 😌
3 – Turn off your phone and unhook from social media. Your e-mails, text messages, and your friends lives can wait. Take at least an hour to ground yourself and be present. So much information is thrown at us on a daily basis! Do we really need to hear about your sister’s boyfriend’s cousin’s uncle’s goldfish getting a promotion at work? No, we don’t.
4 – Read a book. Reading a book is like #3 teaming up with #4, because in order to do it you’re probably going to have to put your phone on vibrate if not turn it off completely. Get lost in a fairy tale. It’s nice to escape the mortal world for a little while!
5 – Drink calming teas. Herbal remedies are the way to go if you need a little extra help relaxing. Sleepytime Tea is my jam! 😴 Aromatherapy helps as well, sign me up for lavender and chamomile everything!
6 – Try Rescue Remedy. If you know you’re about to be in a stressful situation, eat some Rescue Remedy pastilles. These are a little bit more effective than calming teas, and much more convenient. They helped me relax at the hectic Dallas airport!
7 – Take Benadryl. There are certain panic-inducing situations in which I will take half of an over-the-counter Benadryl to relax a bit. I struggled with listing this because I don’t like to medicate. However, my level of panic can make or break me in certain circumstances. Benadryl is a last resort.
8 – Dedicate the evening to sleep and wake up completely refreshed. Heading to bed when feeling this way is the human equivalent of, “Have you tried turning it off and turning it back on?,” that you may hear from tech support. It helps, though!
9 – Workout. At the end of a long stressful day when the last thing you want to do is work out, it’s important that you, y’know, workout. Everybody knows (and hates) that this is true, but you will feel 100x better after that run.
Learn how to Unwind Like A Pro…
…because we all get stressed and anxious about something. Pros don’t let it beat them. It’s important to remember that it’s fear that makes us stressed and anxious.
Amazing things happen on the other side of fear. When faced with choices in your corporate-ladder-climbing and creative endeavors, choose what is most terrifying because it will be the most rewarding. Just be sure to enjoy that bubble bath and cup of tea afterwards.