April 30, 2019

My At-home Remedies For Managing My Anxiety

Anxiety. That sneaky little sucker. There are no warnings as to what will trigger it and when it will come, yet it hits you like a mother f*cking wrecking ball. I am lucky in that I don’t suffer from anxiety on a day-to-day basis. A heavy workload, stressful to-do list, or uncomfortable social settings aren’t triggers for me. Instead, I get health anxiety– which basically means I get anxiety about my health (read more on this here).

While I don’t suffer from anxiety attacks often (maybe a small handful per year), I get anxious thoughts when I sense that something is off about my body. Of course in my right mind I know that the tickle in my throat isn’t esophageal cancer, but in the (anxiety-ridden) moment Web-MD’s diagnosis is all I can focus on until I can regroup and ground myself.

I recently took to Instagram and asked my followers what helped them during moments of panic and anxiety. A lot said CBD and lavender, some said exercise, others suggested talking yourself out of it with comforting thoughts or prayer, and a few said weighted blankets. Hold the phone. There are blankets that can help with anxiety? Sign me up. After sorting through the responses, I had to figure out what worked best for me.

When I feel a cloud of anxiety coming over me, I go to a mirror. Seeing myself in the reflection, and reiterating (literally talking to myself in the mirror like a looney-tune) that I’m okay, helps bring me back to reality when my anxiety is trying to convince me that I am dying. If this doesn’t work, I talk to someone (anyone) about what I think my symptoms are. For example, if I think I’m having a heart attack my friends and/or family will quickly reassure me that I’m not. It helps for me to hear that I’m fine from an outside source, even though deep down I already know that I am. Make sense? No? Okay.

After that, I try to find something to distract myself. Like I mentioned, I don’t get major anxiety and I don’t get it often, so usually distracting myself (and avoiding web-MD at all costs) helps kick any lingering panic. I’ll put on a feel-good show or movie, write a blog, or do something with my hands (like clean or make a bracelet). Shifting my focus away from the root of my anxiety and on something productive helps to level me.

Lastly, I snuggle up with my Baloo weighted blanket (per your suggestions, thank you very much). Baloo blankets are made with lead-free, glass microbeads and the softest cotton– so they’re equal parts cozy and eco-friendly. I went with a 15 pound blanket, which is heavy enough to ground me when I’m feeling restless, but light enough to sleep with if necessary. To be honest, cuddling up on my bed with a good book or movie, a cup of tea, and my Baloo blanket feels (almost) as good as being comforted by a familiar hug. Since I don’t have a boyfriend to squeeze me when I’m feeling anxious, a weighted blanket is the next best thing. Believe it or not, a blanket really can help you to feel more at peace and centered. I wish I had known this years ago.

And, when all else fails, I drive home to mom and dad’s. I’m only human, after all.

How do you deal with your anxiety? Tell me in the comments, or send me a message, but just know that you’re not alone.

xx, jordan

COMMENTS +

  1. Jocelyn says:

    I struggle with anxiety as well but it usually there are things that trigger me to go into that state of mind.

    My husband is always willing to try and help, but I never know what to say to him..

    The best thing for me to do is to STAY BUSY. When I get “bored” and start thinking about situations that has happened or how I might have sounded telling a story the other day, it literally drives me mad. By staying busy, I completely ignore those thoughts. Another thing I do as well is BLAST MY MUSIC. I blast it loud so I can’t even think. 🙂 I absolutely love it!

    I really enjoy your blog and all of its content! <3

    • theoceanmindedblog@gmail.com says:

      Thanks so much for sharing your story. Blasting music is such a great idea!

      Thank you for reading and following along, it means the world!

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