How to Overcome Anxiety

Control is something I like to have and I don't handle change well, but that's most people with my personality, right? 

My anxiety goes to a deeper level. If you change plans on me, or do something that I didn't know we were going to do so I wasn't mentally prepared, I can get pretty intense to say the least. 

Until recently, I just sort of thought I was a bit crazy, but I've started reading more and more about anxiety and depression and I've realized that I definitely have some disorder. I think it peaked when I became a mom. I literally wanted to control every second of my daughter's life and what she ate, when she slept, etc. The older she got the harder that was to do and the more anxious I got over it. Luckily, I was in therapy at the time and had a place to talk through my anxieties, but I think what really helped me the most was just understanding that it was a thing. 

If I know I have a problem or a potential problem, I can learn how to solve it. I've been reading more and more about anxiety and I've vowed to not turn to medicine unless necessary. Most people that would be their first choice because it's a quick fix, but I know too much about the possible side effects of pharmaceuticals and that you really don't have an end plan on when to take most of them. The solution is to take them for the rest of your life, that might work for some, it's not how I choose to live my life. 

Here are some helpful tips to overcoming anxiety: 

1. Know as much as you can about a situation before you're in it. 
2. Drink plenty of water.
3. Eat less white carbs and sugar. 
4. Eat more fresh vegetables and fruit. 
5. Workout daily, even if it's 15 minutes of yoga.
6. Meditate daily. (I've just started doing this and IT'S HARD! But so good for us!) 
7. Get up early so you're not starting your day frazzled and late.
8. Get enough sleep each night. (Even better to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.)
9. Keep a journal of your moods. 
10. Go to therapy and talk to someone about what's happening inside your mind. 

These are the top 10 things that help me keep my mind in check. 

It's interesting that for the past 5 years I've been focusing on my physical strength when what I really need to work on is my mental strength and how to keep my anxiety to a minimum and eliminate negative self talk. 

If these are things you need to work on too, stay tuned, I plan on sharing how I plan to overcome these adversities. 

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