Anxiety: Our Story and Tips for Managing It

Anxiety: Our Story and Tips for Managing It

What is Anxiety?

According to the American Psychological Association, anxiety is characterized as “feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure. People with anxiety disorders usually have recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns. They may avoid certain situations out of worry. They may also have physical symptoms such as sweating, trembling, dizziness or a rapid heartbeat.”

What Triggers Anxiety?

Many psychologists believe that anxiety is triggered by any feelings of uncertainty, worry, or fear. But in everyday life, the more distinguishable triggers can be socializing, sudden lifestyle changes, alcohol/drugs, excessive caffeine consumption, and stress (to name a few.) However, everyone is different and their anxiety attacks can be caused by other unorthodox components in their lives.

Our Experience with Anxiety:

Just like many of you anxiety is something that isn’t new to us. Especially during the last year and a half both our anxiety levels have been through the roof and there were times when we thought it would never get better. Fortunately we’re now both at a place where we can happily say that we’ve learned to better control our attacks when they do appear through these methods we’re about to share with you all.

Remi’s Anxiety:

Stems from:

  • Lack of control
  • Anything that deviates from the regular routine / schedule (ie. travelling, spontaneous plans)
  • Alcohol (ever heard of #hangxiety? It’s a real thing!)
  • Overthinking about the future

How it feels / What happens:

  • Heart palpitations
  • Chest tightness
  • Insomnia

Things that have helped:

  • No caffeine (especially on the day after consuming alcohol)
  • Having a simple morning and night routine that I can do anywhere (ie. stretches, meditating, tea before bed) even when travelling to stay in routine
  • Social Media detox to be more present
  • CBD oil
  • Wim Hof breathing exercises
  • Meditation using Headspace
  • Journaling: writing down your thoughts to get them off your chest

Bryn’s Anxiety:

Stems from:

  • Other’s opinions
  • Concern over the feelings of family / friends
  • My actions and how they affect others
  • Feelings of never doing enough
  • Pressures of existential life crisis such as dating, my job, life’s purpose, the overall future

How it feels / What happens:

  • Restlessness
  • Profuse sweating
  • Impulsive actions
  • loss of breath

Things that have helped:

  • Therapy: Learning to identify these thoughts and organize them as not worthy of processing
  • Hot yoga, my favorite form of exercise that forces me to slow down my thoughts and tune into my body
  • Scheduling me-time to make sure my needs are met before catering to others
  • Solo morning walks without going on my phone

Takeaway:

Anxiety is different for everyone but if there’s one thing that we can both agree on that has helped us is being more present. We live in a world where we’re constantly distracted by our phones / screens, planning the next big vacation, or overthinking about all the things that could go wrong so much that we forget to appreciate the present moment. Did you know your brain can’t tell the difference between when you’re thinking about a traumatic event vs. actually experiencing it? So why put your brain through a trauma that hasn’t even happened yet! Rather than stressing over things that have already happened in the past, or things that haven’t happened in the future, try to appreciate the present moment. The next time you start to feel overwhelmed, just take a nice deep breath, feel the ground beneath you, and just remember all there is to be grateful for in that specific moment. Life is a beautiful thing and shouldn’t be spent stressed and anxious all the time!

We hope this month’s blog post was helpful to anyone who may be going through a tough time. Let us know in the comments below or on our Instagram if you tried any of these tips, or if you have your own tips that you’d like to share. See you all back next month for more tips and tricks to improve your health and become your best self. <3

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