Anxiety Be GONE!

Hey guys!

How are you? It is the end of November….WOW.

What a fabulous month it has been, too. I feel so so blessed.

And right now, I also feel super sore. Ouch.

I hadn’t taught BodyPUMP for an entire week (which doesn’t sound like much, but OH boy….), so yah last night was super fun. But this morning? Even MORE fun. Hah.

DOMS in the house. So I took myself for a walk & read. Best way to reduce soreness for me is to move, stretch, foam roll, and drink water.

Anxiety Be GONE!

The holidays are my favorite time of the year (tied with the entire summer time…but for different reasons, obv.), but I do recognize that it can be a busy time for most.

It’s also a sad time for many as well. And my heart goes out to all who suffer during the holiday season. <3

I am also grateful for my knowledge of why I celebrate this special holiday time. It gives me a lot of peace amidst the turmoil and stress that is consumerism, parties, and fun. Nothing is wrong with any of those things, but I think too often our nation misses the point….

{source}

Anyways.

This time of year can really amp up the anxiety levels. And just yesterday in the shower I started freaking out about something I have NO control over. None. My heart rate sped up, my breathing quickened; I started feeling super anxious.

As I started to process the issue and began to recognize that I had NO control over the forthcoming situation, I felt some of the anxiety dissipate. But it didn’t leave completely until I focused on my shower, what I had in my life, and everything I was so blessed with.

Essentially I lived in the present, and stopped worrying about the past and future. {A post about Living in the moment (throwback post. whoa!) if you want to check it out}

Did you know that most anxiety comes from NOT living in the present?? It also comes from a space where we want to control everything, even things that can NOT be controlled by us.

{my niece & nephew. who–most kids do– live completely in the present.}

Tips for Anxiety Be GONE!

  • focus on your blessings
  • recognize what you can and can not control; only work on those problem solving situations where you CAN control the outcome
  • relax: deep breathing, yoga, stretching, foam rolling, reading a chapter in a book, taking a walk
  • write in a journal
  • call a friend or sibling who will just listen and not judge
  • cry and then resolve to focus on the positive in the situation (I am a crier. First I must cry, and then I usually feel better)
  • reduce time spent on things that don’t really matter (for me, this is social media)

Also, a good read: 15 Things You Should Give Up in Order to be Happy

Seriously, people. Focus on your blessings, recognize how amazing YOU are, and live in the present. It’s a fabulous gift to have.

Your best future will unfold as you put the right energy into your present. :)

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Thankful Thursday

  1. I am thankful for water bottles that have straws.
  2. I am super grateful for my mom & dad. They had quite the busy house with all of us there & they never complained once. They’re amazing.
  3. I am very thankful for my straight teeth. They used to be super not straight back in the day….

Well, it’s Thursday, so I am off to either run (still kinda sore), or some sort of cardio. Then WORK!

Have a FABULOUS day!

What are some ways YOU stay in the present?? What are things YOU do to reduce anxiety?? What are YOU thankful for today??

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Comments

  1. Great post…I used to suffer with anxiety and it’s a scary place to be at times.
    I also love water bottles with straws…but last week someone told me that straws give you wrinkles due I the shape your mouth makes!!! Noooooo!!! I may just ignore her warning…

  2. I definitely remind myself that I don’t have control over many things that are upsetting, so itz best to focus on what I do have control over and enjoy life! :)

  3. Megan S. says:

    Great post :) I struggle with anxiety sometimes and what I fail to realize is that it’s usually about things that are out of my control, like you mentioned! Counting our blessings for what we DO have is sure to make you smile and realize how thankful we should be. :)

  4. This post was just what I needed today. I’ve struggled with anxiety on and off throughout the years, and thankfully just within the past couple years I’ve gotten a pretty good handle on it. However, I still have those days and/or moments occasionally that I find myself feeling really anxious… Like yesterday! You’re right though, focusing on our blessings and recognizing what we can and can’t control is what helps. An encouraging husband that lets me vent to him helps too. ;)

  5. WOW…just read the 15 things to give up…IF I could give it all up my life would be boring!! hahaha!

    Seriously though I know I need to work on a few of those..hmmmm, no time like the present right?

    ( Since having children I have become a crier too….never before…but, that is because I think I stuffed everything in (yea, not good) ….now, when really at breaking point a good cry and release makes me feel sooo much better and accepting of myself that I can’t and shouldn’t take care of everything.)

  6. I just think of what I CAN control as opposed to what I can’t. Coming back down to reality and dealing with what’s going on and making the most of it is how I stay sane.

  7. Amen girl! Anxiety definitely comes from when we aren’t living in the present and when we aren’t being authentic in ourselves. I love all your tips, as someone who is highly anxious (I also suffer from panic disorder) these are always great reminders to have on hand! I’m thankful for everything right now! Life, family, friends, little blessings that occur everyday!

  8. I had panic disorder so the feelings of anxiety are all too familiar for me. However mine usually DO stem from the present instead of the future. I wrote a post about how I deal with my anxiety a while back if you wanna check it out. http://www.sensualappealblog.com/2012/07/25/dealing-with-anxiety/

  9. Heather Baedke says:

    Hello~ Great post!! Need to remember all of that! I was a question if you can help me? Saturday was a really busy day I ran and then shopped all day hard! I felt no bloating or water retention at all, actually felt great! However I did not eat much around 1200 cal and not much protein at all. I did have more dairy than normal, wondering if this is causing me troubles? Question is on Sunday then I was retaining fluids like crazy and really puffy, Monday alittle too. Of those 3 things what one do you think would be most likely caused the retention? I did not have much sodium because I ate a salad with all fresh veggies and had my own dressing that I had with me.

    Hope all is well with you~Heather Baedke

    • On Saturday did you drink much water? When we get dehydrated that can happen…. also, when we don’t consume enough calories our bodies tend to hold on to whatever it can, so bloating can happen too. Dairy would only cause bloating if you have an allergy or inability to digest it.

      Hope that helps! If it happens again, I’d check with a physician.

      best to you, Heather! <3

  10. Danielle says:

    Very awesome post on all levels, thank you! Oh yeah, anxiety and I used to be really close friends back in the dark days, but thankfully we broke up and now rarely see each other :) Seriously though, you are totally on point about needing to remember what you DO have. I think that’s the best way to kick Anxiety’s butt – is by being thankful and remembering all the blessings that you have NO MATTER WHAT! There were days when I was first trying to crawl outta my deep dark hole of sadness that I just simply said Thank You for breathing… it was a small baby step, but it quickly made me realize that I did and do have a whole lot to be thankful for, and surely more than just breathe. On days when I feel like a ball of hormones or like poo, I just start with my baby-step list of gratitude and expand from there… my list will be like: I’m thankful for breathing… for my family… for fruit.. for great friends… for awesome winter coats…. etc. and before I know it, I’ve got a HUGE list and it’s hard to feel so bad after all. Everyone has something to be thankful for, I mean really!
    So with that that said, today I’m thankful for YOU! and your awesomely awesome posts, and super duper energy. I’m also thankful for my mom – she really rocks! and I’m thankful for the fabulous new winter coat she surprised me with at work yesterday. Love love love :)
    Happy Thursday! xoxox

  11. I have to say thanks for sharing that link, “15 Things You Should Give Up in Order to be Happy”. Yea, #15, completely me. I’ve known it for awhile, but it was great to read encouraging words!

  12. Marielle says:

    I love this post and it’s sown thing I need to be reminded of everyday! Thanks for the tips- no more worrying about the future for me. (well for today at least :)).

  13. Deep breathing and taking time out to lie down, listen to relaxation/meditation music rly helps- also getting myself into the present is good too. Everyone lives with anxiety but some of us just have more of it and struggle with it- wishing it didn’t exist. Even though I’m definitely getting better with it all I still have those moments of anxiety as I look into the future and worry. Too often this affects me and my life but luckily that is decreasing. Oh and I have a question for you, but I’ll email it ;)

  14. Heather says:

    Great post and I love that Christmas plaque. I struggle with anxiety as well so these are good tips!

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