Ways I Help My Anxiety

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Hello lovely readers, I hope you all had a great weekend! A huge amount of us suffer with anxiety (myself included) and thankfully anxiety and mental health is now receiving a lot of focus and attention. Sure, there is still a long way to go but at least the issue is now be taken more seriously and people are feeling more comfortable talking about anxiety and their mental health. 

I have had anxiety as long as I can remember, although it wasn't until a few years ago that I was able to put a name to the feelings I was dealing with. When I was younger my anxiety was always present and would never give me a break. Now that I am older I still suffer with anxiety but it comes in waves, some periods I will be a lot better but others I will really be suffering. I am currently in one of the latter periods. 

I have spoken about my anxiety on my blog before but I don't think I have ever shared my ways of coping when my anxiety rears it's ugly head, so I will today. Let me be clear these are ways I help relieve my anxiety, they are not ways to "cure" it and may not work for everyone. 

1. Watch comfort TV 
So does anyone else have a film or a TV series that when you put on and start watching you feel really safe? I'm sure I am not the only one. For me I will put on a Studio Ghibli movie or and Audrey Hepburn movie (Breakfast At Tiffanys and My Fair Lady are my favs). I also love Open All Hours, a comedy I wrote about in my post about British Comedies. 

2. Get Dressed 
This one does not always work but it does more often than not. Getting dressed just makes me feel a but more productive and like I'm not letting my anxiety win. I'm not saying that wearing PJs is bad and I do often stay in mine. 

3. Sing Along To Power Ballads 
I am talking It's All Coming Back To Me Now, I Will Always Love You and so on (cheesy pop songs or rock songs also work wonders). Turn up the volume and sing as loud as you can, sometimes just acting silly will make you feel so much better.

4. Go For A Walk and Take Photos 
I am not one of those dicks who claim that just going outside will cure mental health issues but getting some fresh air definitely helps my anxiety. My favourite thing to do is to go for a long walk and take my camera with me to take lots of pictures, especially now Autumn is here. 

5. Watch Youtube
I love making a playlist of Youtube videos to watch or I will go onto one of my favourite Youtuber's channel and play one of their playlists. My favourite Youtuber to watch is Jenn Im of clothesencounters if you want to check her stuff out. I just find her videos so calming and I also get a lot of inspiration for my blog from her, win win situation right there.  

6. Read 
Curling up with one of my favourite books is one of the best ways to try and help my anxiety. It feels so good to be transported to another world and to get lost in someone's writing. 


I hope that this post helped anyone who may be having a difficult time with anxiety and mental health at the moment, remember it's important to do what works for you and to take time out to look after yourself and to focus on you. 

What do you do to help your anxiety or to simply unwind? Do you have any similar ways to me?


Thanks for reading!




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22 comments:

  1. Just read and really enjoyed your blog post! I totally agree with you on every single one! I'm so happy I've found your blog xx

    https://sketchtofame.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Aw thank you so much, I'm pleased you enjoyed it! Thanks for popping in!

      Ella xx

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  2. I'm an anxiety sufferer myself, so I can completely agree with what you've written! Mine comes in waves as well so just when I think I'm doing well to overcome it as much as possible it decides to make a return! Lovely post
    :) Sophie xo

    http://www.sophieallan.co.uk

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    1. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the post! And well done you for coping it's not the easiest thing sometimes! Thanks for dropping in!

      Ella xx

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  3. I also suffer with anxiety and I completely agree with all you said, those things really help me too, just distracting myself in general is always good to help my anxiety.

    Megan Marie / wwww.meganmarieblogs.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I agree just finding things to try and take your mind off your anxiety can be a great help. Thanks for stopping by!

      Ella xx

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  4. Getting dressed/showering/putting on makeup totally helps me too! I also love reading and binge-watching something on Netflix. I'd just like to add two more things to your already perfect list: chinese takeaway and bubble baths xX

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    1. Chinese takeaway and bubble baths are amazing, good call! Thanks for stopping by!

      Ella xx

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  5. Comfort TV is definitely my favourite!! I probably should get ready hen I'm feeling a bit naff cause it makes me feel so much better, should have done that today!! xx

    Tamz | http://www.throughneweyesx.com

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    1. It definitely makes me feel better when I'm not feeling 100%. Thanks for popping in!

      Ella xx

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  6. These are great tips Ella! I love that the community for mental illness is so big and open anymore, it helps so many people. Thank you for being willing to talk about it! XO - Kim

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    1. Aw thank you Kim I'm so pleased you enjoyed it! I hope you're well gorgeous!

      Ella xx

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    1. They both are so relaxing and helpful! Thanks for stopping by!

      Ella xx

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  8. I'm glad you've found some ways to deal with your anxiety! Those are a great list of things to do for when you're feeling down as well just to help get you in a better mood. I love Youtube and going outside, which is why I love hiking. (:

    Single Vegas Girl
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    1. Thank you so much I'm pleased you liked it! Going outside is definitely helpful, thanks for popping in!

      Ella xx

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  9. Getting dressed is such a small thing but makes a huge difference. I keep a 'done list' to show me how productive I've been. Books are always a saviour too.

    Sarah | sarahinwonderland.co.uk

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    1. I love the idea of a done list, sounds super helpful! Thanks for dropping by lovely!

      Ella xx

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  10. some great ideas! When its really bad, I just need someone to take my mind off of it - I had a panic attack and made my mum ask me maths sums to help me make it stop!

    www.georginadoes.co.uk

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    1. That is such a great idea! Thanks for dropping in!

      Ella xx

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  11. This is one of the first posts about anxiety I've read that actually relates to me! I definitely have comfort TV shows, oddly enough one of mine is Survivor!

    www.thesundaymode.com

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      Ella xx

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