1. Going out more often to seek the sunlight
It’s crazy how something we often take for granted is one of the essential things that makes us feel better and truly alive. The sun is coming out more often as spring is drawing nearer. It casts a temporary shadow on my anxious state and makes me forget it for a little while and lets me enjoy the moments that the bright sun rays color my cheeks slightly pink. The weather can truly affect our mood and set the tone for the rest of the day.
2. Finding out the roots of my anxiety
Having anxiety doesn’t mean that I have a problem, but it sure will better my living condition if I know where it comes from before I can take the steps to learn how to live with it or, even better, how to get rid of it for good. Looking back to the time that I was still a kid until now, I notice recurring patterns in my behavior in similar situations where I would get triggered by anxiety. Ask yourself what kind of situations or which type of people make you the most anxious. Talking with others about it might shed light on parts of yourself that you haven’t thought about that could be one of the causes of anxiety.
3. Changes in diet
You are what you eat, right? I decided to give vegetarianism a go for a month. Two weeks in and I can say that I have been a lot more conscious about my food choices, and that has affected my daily life. I have been eating a lot more fruits and vegetables while eating less sugar and processed products. By being more invested and conscious of what I eat, my body had begun to react positively to the changes in my diet, slowly decreasing the little discomforts and thus leading to less anxious moments throughout the day.
4. Finding an outlet to express my feelings of anxiety
Having an outlet to turn to when it’s too much to handle is a relief. It can be anything. Personally, I feel most drawn to water. Something magical always happens when I see, hear, taste and feel the water. When I’m walking outside, I always tend to walk nearby a lake or sitting on a park bench to look out to the glistening reflection of the water before me. Just making a pot of hot tea and enjoying it all by myself can take a huge weight off my shoulders. I also get more at ease when I hear raindrops tapping softly on my window while I’m curled up inside with a blanket and a book on my lap. That same easiness will wash over me when I’m swimming laps at my local swimming pool. There is just something about water that helps me to relax and let go for a moment.