As someone who has struggled with anxious feelings for over 10 years and not being influenced by these thoughts prior to this, I find it frustrating to continue to have to manage both anxious thoughts and feelings from time to time.
ARRRGH!! When these feelings present themselves what can I do?
I generally find the following help to improve my state:-
-Take the time to look at something beautiful – really notice and enjoy the moment…
-Eat a balanced, healthy diet
-Walk in the countryside and connect with nature
-Keeping active – running, cycling, swimming
-Go to bed at a regular time, avoiding screen time before bed and prioritise sleep
-Connect with people who are aware of my challenges and empathetic, not dismissive
-Make time for meditation and/ or relaxation
-Socialise with family and friends in a familiar situation
However when there are different situations, where these routines and habits are less able to be incorporated into daily life, or extra factors need to be accommodated this can be much more difficult.
Emotional challenges and feeling stressed can exacerbate the anxious feelings, so pacing and planning for time out to adapt and acclimatise to challenges are essential.
My primary tip!
Take time to accept my feelings and not be so hard on myself!