At some point in our fast paced high stressed lives we have all experienced anxiety or depression and even though lots of us have different ways of coping these are a few beautiful positive affirmations that I use when I am feeling anxious.
- “I am not my thoughts. I am strong, conscious and aware.”
- “These feelings I am having are only temporary. I know this will pass.”
- “I am worthy of happiness.”
- “I am not who I was yesterday. I am constantly learning, improving and changing.”
- “My feelings do not define who I am nor do they define my future.”
- ” I cannot control what happens or what others think, but I can control how I think and what I can do.”
There are many things we can do to help cope with anxiety. Sometimes life comes down on us hard and we need a little cheering up. When I am getting down I usually close my eyes and breathe slowly and think of my most favorite and peaceful time or place. Meditation can really help relive some stress but understandingly it can be hard to do when your mind is so full of things. It takes some practice to shut your mind out for a bit but some of these things help me get to that place in times of stress.
- Take a warm bath, turn the lights down, light some candles or a salt lamp, diffuse an essential oil such as lavender, lemon, orange or cedarwood and turn on some meditation music or nature sounds. Close your eyes and let your body float. (Try to focus on not tensing up muscles.)
- Wear or diffuse essential oils such as lavender, orange, lemon or cedarwood. I love these oils because they are grounding and or uplifting. I don’t ever ingest essential oils and only suggest using them diluted if used on the skin. Diffusers are very safe and effective for times in need of aromatherapy.
- Turn off all electronics. Sometimes the rush and terror of modern day media can get to us. It is the wonder we all feel anxious or depressed when news or media shows the world falling apart. Turn it down or turn it off and place it far away. You will be surprised what silence can do sometimes.
- Listen to positive music. Music is huge. I used to listen to very negative music when I would get depressed and this is not the right thing to do. The last thing someone needs to hear when they are down is angry music. So instead, put on some positive tunes, nature sounds (such as a babbling brook, a waterfall or ocean waves) or find soft meditation music on your phone. There are lots of apps these days that offer guided mediation for stress release. “Headspace” is a good one, and “calm” is also another good app for relaxation. Pandora also offers good music channels such as “Nature (wilderness) Radio”, “Nature Sounds (Live) Radio” and “Native American Flute Radio”.
- Have a hot cup of tea. Try to stay away from caffeinated, high fat and greasy or sugary foods. The last thing we need is something buzzing up our nerves. Tea such as lemon balm, chamomile or lavender tea can be very relaxing and uplifting. Sit in a quiet room, look out your favorite window and be silenced with your hot cup of tea. You would be amazed at how much it revitalizes.
Different things help different people and as someone who knows what anxiety can be like and having battled with it for a long time I can tell you that these are wonderful and natural things that have helped me cope with bouts of anxiety and depression when things get tough.