I wrote about my struggle with anxiety back in November, so today I’m linking up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud Thursday to give you guys an update about how I’ve been doing. Anxiety is something that a lot of people struggle with but it’s still somewhat taboo to talk about, so I want to be more open about my anxiety in hopes that it might help someone feel less lone if they’re struggling with anxiety, too.
Flashback to last fall: I’ve always had a fear of bees and wasps, but I was stung twice within two weeks, both unprovoked. I tried rationalizing that my chances of getting stung were low, but after the second sting I started to be quite scared of going outside if bees would be around. I was also really trying to build my blog and started stressing about everything that I didn’t have time to do every single day: work on social media, comment on a bunch of blogs, revamp my site and old posts, everything that bloggers are “supposed” to do to grow their blogs.
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My anxiety was really affecting my daily life. I couldn’t sleep because I was running through all of things that I should have gotten done on the blog the day before and everything that I needed to do the next day. I worried about everything that I felt that I hadn’t done right at work. I worried about the sleep that I wasn’t getting because my brain wouldn’t turn off.
I increased the amount of time I spent practicing yoga and decreased my running mileage, trying to spend time doing more relaxing activities than stimulating activities. I meditated regularly. My regular readers probably noticed that I took a step back from blogging. I reduced how often I was posting and greatly reduced how much time and energy I spent on social media.
Gradually, over the course of a few weeks, my anxiety started to get better. I stopped feeling agitated just sitting and watching TV or reading a book. I focused on my breath and calming my thoughts when I began to feel anxious. My anxiety hasn’t gone away, but it has gotten much better. Baby steps, as they say. I’m back to blogging, but trying to focus on not worrying about things that I can’t get done. I’m trying to make 2015 all about balance.
What’s something that you’ve struggled with lately?
Have you ever had to take a break from activities?
What’s your favorite way to relieve stress and anxiety?