Coping with Anxiety – What Works for Me

Hello lovely readers – wooh! 3 posts in two days! I must be on a roll.

Truthfully, I am making this blog a higher priority in my life. There is no time to wait to pursue our passions- only here and now! There is so much I want to share, and I know it’s up to me to make it happen.

So here I am, sharing it.

Today I wanted to open up about how I cope with my anxiety. If you have been following me for a while then you might know that I have made the personal choice to not take any medication, but instead to use particular strategies and natural remedies to help me cope. This is a personal

  • Sleep. I used to be such a no-sleep warrior. I still have guilt sometimes about going to bed early, especially when I don’t feel tired or feel like there is something else I could be doing (what can I say – I like to be busy). Yet I’ve found that being tired is the biggest trigger for my anxiety. I try to get at least 7 hours a night, but 8 is ideal!
  • Taking magnesium has been a big one for me. Since I started taking magnesium a few months ago regularly, my mood in general has improved. Anxiety can be a symptom of magnesium deficiency, and I think that I have noticed this to be true with me. If I forget to take it for a day or two, I can definitely feel it. I have been taking it before bed instead of in the morning – often I find I would forget to take it in the morning, but I seem to remember to grab a couple capsules when I am taking my other supplements at night!
  • Refined carbs are a no-no for me. They do something to my blood sugar, and the end result is always the same: me feeling anxious and upset. That means no white rice or pasta, no cake, etc. I opt for complex carbs like brown rice and sweet potato, which don’t have the same effect on blood sugar and as a result don’t trigger my anxiety when I eat them!
  • I have a great self-care routine that includes regular baths, Netflix chill sessions, time in nature, and exercise at least 4 days a weeks. All of these things keep my stress low and help pump happy endorphins into my body.
  • Since last year I kind of made the subconscious decision to be full-disclosure about my anxiety. My family, my friends, my coworkers, and anyone who follows me on social media knows I have anxiety. We are all touched in some way by mental health issues, so why not talk about it? Sharing my experience with anxiety has made me realize not only how common it is, but it has also allowed me to connect with people in a whole new way. I have no shame about my struggles, it has absolutely made me who I am.

 

As we are all individual and unique in so many ways, I cannot say that what has worked for me will work for you. But I do see the benefit in sharing ideas about what has helped us in particular – if only for the chance that someone else might gain something!

I don’t always use these coping mechanisms perfectly. I am, after all, only human. That being said: I still have panic attacks, although less and less frequently. I still have anxiety. I will always have anxiety. It will never go away. But I’m learning more and more how to deal with it and what works for me.

What helps you guys when you’re feeling anxious?

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EDIT: I have learned so much and come a very long way in learning other techniques in dealing with my anxiety since writing this post – if you are interested please check out my other, more recent posts on anxiety simply by choosing the ‘anxiety’ category on the right side bar! 

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11 thoughts on “Coping with Anxiety – What Works for Me

  1. I love your post! Thank you for sharing your coping techniques, anxiety disorders affect so many people and talking about it really helps. For me I find music is great. When I feel anxious in crowded, unfamiliar places listening to my favourites tunes brings a sense of comfort. Music can alter your mood so empowering songs make me feel invincible!

  2. I think it is great you have been able to manage with out medication. I have almost an identical routine to you, I’m in bed by 9am, I workout daily, I take magnesium before bed, and I don’t eat “white carbs”. I find this helps me greatly; however, I still needed to take medication unfortunately. I found without it, I couldn’t cope with even the smallest difficulties in life. Thanks for sharing, I loved the post.

  3. I am ALL about getting my sleep. People love to call me “grandma” since I sometimes go to bed so early, but it can be tiring to be so anxious all the time!
    Also, I’m definitely buying some magnesium now. Thanks 🙂

  4. My therapist actually recently recommended that I try a magnesium supplement to help with my anxiety! I’ve hit a bit of a rut and it feels as though my anxiety is getting worse and worse. I’m not a fan of anti-depressants (been there, done that, didn’t see results) so she recommended magnesium as a potential treatment aid. I was pretty skeptical about it to be honest, but it’s great to see that it’s been working for you! Would you be willing to share which brand/dosage you use? And how long would you say it took for you to notice a real difference?
    Thanks for the awesome post!!

  5. Thank YOU for saying it’s awesome! I take two 150mg capsules of Magnesium Citrate (various brands) before bed. The magnesium citrate version is supposed to absorb better, but I’ve never compared it to any other kind so I’m not sure – seems to work find for me! I noticed a real different after only a couple (2) days, I think my deficiency is pretty… steep. If you try it, don’t forget to take it with at least a bite of food or it might upset your stomach 🙂

  6. I’ve had several things that counselors have suggested, and a few things that I have found, and between the two I’ve found a few things that help. But most of all writing out my feelings helps the most with my anxiety. Chamomile helps with bedtime panic attacks…(sometimes), and Yoga really helps me release so much of the negative tension in my body. I will definitely have to check out Magnesium! Thank you so much for some more ideas, because I need SOMETHING!

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