5 Things I’m Working On to Help Reduce Anxiety
So I have a pretty solid routine but there is always more I would love to add in. Someone once told me that if you can force yourself to do something for 12days, in a row, it will become a habit. Or I just made that up to try and convince myself but either or. However, my favorite line in life is “oh I’ll start tomorrow” 🤦🏼♀️ I’m a work in progress to say the least. A lot of these are to help me deal with stress or ways to almost escape from my day to day.
Every year, and I mean EVERY year, my New Years resolution is to read more books. I fail epically. I ordered a kindle, which just arrived. Its waterproof and has glare protection so I have no excuse to not hit the books this summer!
I am currently a living, walking ball of stress and worry. If I could find a way to calm myself and help me through these, what seem like, constant and unexpected events in my life I would love that. I was BIG into yoga when I was pregnant with Grey and at the end of class always felt so calm. Like I could breathe again. I NEED that. I’ve decided to start with a meditation app for this.
3. Less TV
I’m a BIG television person. I don’t usually even watch what’s on I just enjoy constantly having something going in the background while I’m doing other things around the house. I also, sleep with the television on which is something I picked up from my father. However, he not only sleeps with the TV on but he also always has a pillow over his face to sleep, so at least I didn’t get that also haha (love you dad).
4. Better with Breakfast
Michael makes me breakfast every morning before he leaves for work. However, if I”m not up yet he doesn’t want to make anything hot incase its cold by the time I eat it. I usually have a bowl of cereal and some fruit waiting for me. When I’m pregnant I am all about the Apple Jacks and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. As wonderful as my breakfast in bed is I would LOVE to have a little more protein and/or a more well rounded meal. Don’t forget though, I always start with my celery juice!
I HATE working out. A lot. It never grew on me. It’s not my favorite thing by a long shot. However, I LOVE how I feel after I workout. My biggest issue is I can’t make myself workout on my own. I have a trainer, because appointments are the ONLY way I will actually show up. I workout with her, my good friend Becky (who just had the cutest baby girl), on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Welp, now that she’s off for maternity leave guess whose done NOTHING. Michael even bought me an elliptical for the basement a few years ago… not going great. Becky and I mainly do weights and then when I am pregnant I am all about that yoga life. Cardio isn’t really my thing. Asthma …What can I say. Since my personal life is currently filled with ups and downs (a lot of downs) I’m trying to focus on getting more proactive with working out. Come on endorphins!!!
I understand that life is full of stress and that there are ups and downs. I just feel, that as of lately, my downs have moments that can consume me. With the loss of both babies I had to be medicated temporarily to keep it together. My goal, both times, was for the medications to be a temporary, but much needed, solution. There is NOTHING wrong if you take a daily anti anxiety, anti depressant or sleeping pill. Nothing at all. I just feel that my lows are situational and I am trying other outlets to manage them. Also, I know I said 5 things but I threw in a 6th at the bottom because I think a lot of time caffeine can make me more anxious and/or gives me issues sleeping that night.
6. Cut out caffeine
College I LIVED on cherry Pepsi and Dr. Pepper. It was all I drank. No water. Just soda and gatorade. Gross, I know. Now, I drink a ridiculous amount of water a day. However, some days, I still have a cherry Pepsi (I don’t drink coffee). I know the sugars and syrup and blah blah blah its bad for me. At least I’m down to one a day, if any. I use to fly through these things. I use to also eat Big Mac’s like every other day. How am I still alive?!?