Stress and anxiety are something that affects us all in varying degrees, I’m sure we can all agree with that. It makes you feel horrible and is something that is often outside of our control. But we can control how we react and what we do for ourselves to support ourselves during those times.
This week is ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’ and the theme is ‘Anxiety’, something I’m sure many of us have experienced… here are some tools that could help you manage those feelings moving forward.
Let’s talk about anxiety…
Anxiety is often closely associated with stress. Both are emotional responses, but stress is typically caused by an external trigger. The trigger can be short-term, such as a work deadline or a fight with a loved one or long-term, such as being unable to work, discrimination, or chronic illness. People under stress experience mental and physical symptoms, such as irritability, anger, fatigue, muscle pain, digestive troubles, and difficulty sleeping.
Anxiety, on the other hand, is defined by persistent, excessive worries that don’t go away even in the absence of a stressor. However, it does lead to nearly identical set of symptoms as stress: insomnia, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, muscle tension, and irritability.
If you’re feeling any of these – there are coping mechanisms you can put in place to help you manage these feelings, to build up your resilience in the face of them and help you feel more balanced in your everyday life.
Here are some things that you might find useful in bringing you a sense of calm when you’re feeling anxious… These items are designed to support you – both physically and mentally, to help keep you focused and stress levels down. These are not quick fixes and certainly won’t work for everyone, but we hope that some of these help to support you in some way…
Build an evening routine toolkit
One great way to manage your stress is creating a calming evening routine that can help promote a restful sleep. Lack of sleep can affect you in so many ways and can make your anxiety worsen… here are some ways to calm that racing mind and get your body ready to relax and sleep.
First up, we’re big advocates for warm baths in the evening to help get you ready for sleep and to relax your body overall. Not only does the warm water ease the tension that you may have unconsciously built up in your body, but you can also really create a gorgeous atmosphere to relax you using essential oil products designed to calm your mind and body. Oh, and it’s proven that a hot bath 90 minutes before bed can also help you sleep better.