Anxiety 101: Self Care

For me, the Anxiety 101 series is therapeutic. In my first post (here) I introduced my story and my battle with Anxiety Disorder. I shared tips on how I curb my anxiety attacks and deal with my disease head on. This week has been dubbed "Mental Health Awareness Week" so it's the perfect time to pick this series back up.

Life is unpredictable. And the more you try to plan things out, the more disappointed you'll be when everything comes crashing down around you. I'm a planner. I write everything down, I make schedules, I make arrangements. Life doesn't care about any of that. When I feel overwhelmed, I write things down. But what happens when you've done all of your forecasting? What happens when you've made plans weeks, months, years in advance and life throws you a curveball and you literally feel like you're drowning? What happens when you don't have time to catch your breath?

I'll tell you what happens- you have to make time. Literally. You learn to become intentional about your time. When all else fails, you only have yourself. How have you been treating yourself lately? In a typical week, I work my desk job from 8 am to 5 pm. I come home and spend an hour processing orders and replying to emails. I spend the rest of the night writing, planning and preparing content. Sometimes, things will happen during the week and I don't even have time to process it until the weekend- and that's if I don't have an event on Saturday or Sunday. Sliding things to the back corners of my mind has only set me up for emotional breakdowns. This year, I think I've finally learned my lesson. 

It's taken me about 7 years but I have finally developed a self care routine. One of my favorite things to do is take lavender baths with wine and music. 

Ok, so obviously these are staged bathtub photos but you get the point lol

Carve some time out this weekend for yourself if you can, you may not be able to devote an entire hour to a bubble bath, but try a good book or even a really good nap! Close your door, put your phone on silent, close the blinds and have at it. We can't let our every day worries drown us. 

My grandmother has always told me that you can't pour from an empty vessel. Being a better friend, partner, teammate, etc starts with being a better you. Are you a person that you'd like to spend time with?


Photos by Sydney A Photography