Tips to control anxiety
It’s CLEARLY “that” time of the year again
The time we have a million gifts to buy and 100 parties to attend
Not to mention, our day-to-day activities (gym, work, school)
It’s no wonder my anxiety level went 0 to 100 real quick!
Balance is key for me, but extremely hard to find this time of the year
Can you relate?
So, with 2018 around the corner… (I can’t believe it either)
I decided to worry only about what I CAN control
With anxiety, I had to break it down by asking myself some hard questions:
“Why do I get stressed more so this time of the year than any other month?”
“What activities are causing me stress and why?”
“What can I do to change them? Is it something I can control?”
Reflecting and gathering information helped tremendously
Now I knew what my top 2 causes of stress were
“Time management and holiday budget planning“
Both my causes of stress were due to lack of planning
Which ultimately funneled down to lack of organization on my end
Planning can be controlled, so I checked these off as something I can work on
So what’s the solution?
2018 Planner from CVS Pharmacy
I actually found the same brand on Amazon for my prime lovers
CLICK HERE for the link
This planner has helped me stay in control and not let events control me
Some of you may be thinking, “why not google calendar?”
I’ve tried using phone apps, google calendar, ever note, outlook. You name it!
I found that I’m more engaged when I write things down on paper
I commit to it in writing and I deliver it
The first thing I do in the morning is check my planner
(P.S. Even though it’s “2018,” they have the last few months of the year 2017 included to get you started!)
I check to see how may day is going to go, what to expect, what I need, etc…
It’s just more “real” to me
Just like books, I need to hold a real book in my hand to read
I want to notice the smell of the pages & stack them up in a book shelf
I know not everyone is old-fashioned like me, but I love it!
In a world that is getting so advanced in technology, I need to feel more human
And less robotic
I feel it’s important to go back to the basics, sometimes
Like having a full on conversation at a dinner table without checking our phones
Or writing a letter to a friend, just because.
Whenever I look back to when I was younger, that’s what I miss
I don’t think I’ll ever look back and say I miss getting text messages
It’s so effortless, it doesn’t need much thought
I’m super old-school you guys! It’s insane.
But back to anxiety. I hope these tips will help you get control back
Sometimes we feel overwhelmed and think there’s no solution
We make the mistake to assume there is no solution to the problem
Next time your mind tries tricking you, just remember the above steps!
Happy Practical Happiness Advice Sunday!