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Morning friends! It feels so so good to be back to blogging on my regular schedule. Last week, while I was battling bronchitis, it felt like something was missing when I wasn’t putting my ideas down on “paper”. So glad to be back here and writing and communicating with you fine folks!
Can we talk about wellness today? Emotional wellness to be specific?
I have a horrible habit of neglecting myself in order to take care of others. Anyone else? Nearly all my energy is focused on Margs’ needs and often the little bit of extra I do have is divided between Mer and my mother. That’s just how I am – I take care of others before I adequately take care of myself.
A couple of weeks ago, my anxiety flared up pretty badly. Nothing in particular set it off but I spent nearly two weeks in an anxiety spiral that left me frantic, afraid (for no real reason) and constantly searching for ways to make myself feel better. My anxiety usually leaves me seeking out reassurance from close friends and family which I imagine can get extremely draining and demanding on those relationships. Anxiety in many ways is a selfish selfish beast.
On one particular day, I’d had enough. I just felt so awful: tired, overwhelmed, drained – you know that feeling of being pulled in a million different directions? Yeah that – but, amplified.
I called up my mum and asked her to mind Margs so I could get out for a bit and just be alone with my thoughts to process what was going on. My therapist taught me many moons ago that a flare generally signals a disconnection on some emotional level.
It’s not easy to pin point what’s truly going on. It’s even harder to be honest about it but after some deep soul searching I came to the conclusion that my neglected emotional well being was basically crying out for attention.
After enjoying a fancy coffee (I treat myself to one every few months) I headed back home ready to tackle this problem and come up with a plan that would help me take care of my own emotional wellness. As an anxiety sufferer, I know this isn’t a cure-all. I know that there will always be tougher days where these types of methods go out the window to just survive. Anxiety steals your joy – and some days no matter how prepared you are to tackle it – it rears it’s ugly head and you crumble to pieces. But, with a solid plan in place to care for myself I hope that I can perhaps lessen the lengths of my flares and eventually avoid them altogether.
5 tips for self-care and improved emotional wellness
Schedule time to meditate I’ve written about this before but mediation is really a vital part of my daily life. I often catch myself listening to The Daily Meditation podcast from Sip and Om. They are generally short podcasts that are easy to squeeze in throughout the day. I catch myself plugging in during nap times or during a warm evening soak. Such an incredible way to find my center after especially rough days.
Indulge in aromatherapy. Essential Oil Diffusers and essential oils kits like this set that comes from Organic Aromas is such an incredible way to treat yourself to a calming environment that not only does wonders for relaxation but fills your home with a lovely aroma. Did you know that lavender is known to help induce a calming state? Not only does it help heighten relaxation but is a great way to help relieve stiffness and muscles aches!
Listen to podcasts to disconnect and refocus My favorites are geared towards managing stress and anxiety. Recently, I’ve really been enjoying The Anxiety Guy Podcast, The Anxiety Coaches and The Overwhelmed Brain.
Stop Over-Thinking Easier said than done right? I came across a quote recently and it has really helped shape the way I view my own anxiety and approach living in the moment. Focusing on today is difficult but in this context it just makes so much sense doesn’t it?
“The past has flown away. The coming month and year do not exist. Ours only is the present’s tiny point.” – Mahumud Shabistari
Create rituals that bring you joy It’s just so important to find time to do things you love despite the chaos that surrounds you. For me, that looks like spending quiet time by myself every morning, enjoying a long warm soak at night and taking the time to focus on projects that bring me happiness and peace like gardening, knitting and photography.
What are your go-to emotional wellness techniques?