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So, I’ve decided to be really open and honest with y’all for my first blog post. I’m going talk about something that many people don’t want to talk about: stress & anxiety. I’m going to be sharing with y’all my favorite ways to reduce stress and anxiety and help you live a happier life.
Now this is a topic I think everyone, I mean everyone, can relate to. Everyone has stress or anxiety at some point in their lives.
My Journey with Anxiety and Stress
Fast forward to high school, I worried about fitting in, grades, getting accepted into a good school, what I wanted to do with my life. And I know pretty much every teenager worried about these things, but for me, it was excessive worry. Then in college, things got worse. It seemed as time went on, my anxiety over things just skyrocketed, plus the stress of exams, projects, keeping grades up, social life, my job: everything was taking its toll.
Then when I graduated, a new set of stresses and worries: my future, job searching, interviews, paying off student loans and finally starting my first full-time job.
The anxiety gradually grew over time and had finally gotten so bad that I was tense all the time, could barely sleep and was beginning to have mild panic attacks. I’d had enough with feeling so overwhelmed with anxiety I began research anxiety and stress relief. Let me tell you, there’s a lot of suggestions. A lot. So, I got to work.
I am a huge advocate for modern medicine, but I know that some people don’t want to take pills or don’t have the resources to see a therapist every week. So, that’s where this blog post comes in! I have rounded up my favorite ways to reduce stress and anxiety at home.
How To Manage Anxiety & Stress
Practicing self care is one of the best (and easiest!) ways to help with stress, anxiety and mental health.
I know this one is mentioned a lot, but that’s for a good reason! So many of us neglect ourselves and that can have a huge detrimental effect on our lives and wellbeing! Practicing self-care can have a huge impact on not only stress and anxiety, but happiness as well.
Self-care can come in so many different forms. Take a bath, go a day without your phone, or do a facemask. Or, if you’re feeling more indulgent, book yourself an appointment at the spa for a massage or facial.
Personally, I love to put on a facemask and a conditioning treatment on my hair and take a long bath. It doesn’t matter how you do it, as long as you take that time to make your mental and emotional needs a priority.
I know what you’re thinking, “ugh,” right? But hear me out, exercise can be a HUGE stress relief! Especially if you chose something intense like kickboxing or super relaxing like yoga.
Even just doing a couple 30 minute workouts a week will make such a difference in how you feel! I’ll be honest, some days I get home from work and the last thing I want to do is workout. BUT, I promise you if you stick with it for a few weeks you will notice a huge difference.
You don’t even need a gym membership or any equipment! I love Youtube for at-home workouts. You can read my post on my favorite (and free!) workout resources here.
Now this one won’t make a huge difference in terms of stress and anxiety levels, BUT, it definitely helps me relax during my dedicated self-care time or meditation. My favorites for relaxation are lavender and chamomile.
Essential oils can be used in so many different ways, too: diffuse them, mix with a carrier oil and apply to your skin, and my personal favorite, add a few drops to your next bath to up the relaxation even more!
I love Eden’s Garden essential oils. They have every oil you could need, as well as custom blends to help with sleep, stress and anxiety to name a few. I have quite a few of their other blends now and I love them all! You can even get creative and buy the single oils and make your own blends.
I’m saving this one for last because it’s absolutely crucial. If you do anything on this list, make it meditation. I kept hearing about meditation and doubted it for so long. Trust me, it’s just as wonderful as everyone says it is.
I like using apps for guided meditations, but I know lots of other people who can just find a quite place to sit and meditate on their own. If you’re a beginner, I highly recommend an app like Headspace because it does take some practice to really learn how to meditate correctly.
I used Headspace when I began and they have a free 7 day course that teaches you the fundamentals to meditation so you make sure to get the full benefits. There are so many meditation apps out there that offer free trials and free meditation, so you really can experiment and find which one you like best.
So there you have it! These tips have improved my overall happiness, tremendously. Have you tried any of these to help with stress and anxiety? Or do you do something else to relax? I’d love to hear below! Hopefully you found these tips helpful and can implement them in your every day lives to reduce stress and anxiety.