My anxiety is in a pretty good place right now but I'm always careful to remember it's there and 'care' for it, and myself. Exercise has been my turn around - walking, running, swimming, even cycling.(I say that because I was scared to death of learning to ride a bike as an adult and falling - I kept on and now ride an adult tricycle - maybe one day I'll graduate to two wheels, but I adapted rather than give up). I also 'challenge' my anxiety regularly but that's not for everyone. I stopped singing because of my anxiety and when I started to improve a little, I auditioned successfully to sing the National Anthem for our local baseball team. Last May we went to Vegas for my 50th birthday and on the day I went on the New York, New York roller coaster - I hadn't been on one since I was in my teens because I'd been too scared. My anxiety no longer controls me, I control it. It was a hard journey but totally worth it. Yes, I used food (and alcohol) to control it for a long time. Follow what's in your heart, even if it scares you right now. The food fills a void - only you know what you want to fill it with in its place.
"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant." Robert Louis Stevenson
Hi! You are so not alone in the eating to cope with anxiety or stress. I too find myself doing the same at times.
I have found several ways to lower my anxiety or at make it manageable.
Try a 10 minute power walk. If the weather is too cold march in place for 10 minutes. It really helps to ease the tension in your body and exercise promotes the feel good endorphins.
I love scented candles. I will light one and sit in a chair and put my feet up and enjoy the scent. If you have allergies, try an unscented candle, turn off the lights and enjoy watching the candle flicker or practice deep breathing.
Hot baths are another thing I have found helpful. 15 minutes in a bubble bath or just nice relaxing hot water. You can always make it dark and put candles in bathroom too.
Do you enjoy reading? I know it's hard to read when your anxiety is way up there, but perhaps reading some poems or relaxing magazines, or even spark pages and blogs.
Listening to relaxing music and deep breathing along with it I have really found helpful. Youtube has some wonderful relaxation music and guided deep breathing exercises.
I hope these ideas help. Please let us know what you try and how it works for you!
Best wishes, Cynthia
Cynthia~~~ A follower of Jesus Christ!!
Proverbs 3;5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; acknowledge him, and He will make your paths straight. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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