So it’s been an interesting weekend for me. I’ve been busy, and thanks to my anxiety, I’ve become completely overwhelmed. But instead of getting anything accomplished, my mind chose to shut off. Fun, right?
So I finally decided what I wanted to blog about- ways to deal with stress. Lately, I’ve felt like I’m underwater. Everything’s in slow-motion and looks fuzzy. And I can’t focus on anything at all. How do I snap out of my funk and get back to normal?
- Drink Dr. Pepper, but that’s fairly specific to me. Usually when I’m in a funk, I’m also struggling with a headache. I like Dr. Pepper because it has a much more mild amount of caffeine than coffee, plus it tastes better. Usually a bit of caffeine kickstarts my awakening process.
- Make a list. Knowing what you need to accomplish is huge. Visualizing your goals and putting them in order is another major step to get back to work. I had to make a list today so I could get this blog post written.
- Keep goals small. Smaller goals are easier to accomplish, and if your goals are broken up into smaller pieces, they become much more manageable.
- Unplug. Step away from the internet, the computer, the tv, etc. Those things shut your brain down. Getting outside into real light and real air awakens the brain and freshens the mind.
- Exercise. Whether it’s going for a walk and stretching your muscles out or something more intensive, just get out there and do something. Get blood flowing back to your brain so you can think more clearly. Exercise is the most underutilized antidepressant and anti-anxiety drug.
- Find a hobby. Make sure you make time for something that relaxes you. Something that you enjoy doing rather than something you feel like you have to do. I spent last week crocheting a project for my sister. Crocheting is my relaxant. But this project ended up not being relaxing and it ended up pushing my anxiety to the limits. I ended up having to take a break from that project to crochet something more relaxing. It did end up helping.
- Smile. Smiling and laughing reduce stress. It’ll improve your mood and your ability to focus.