Anxiety has been near the top of my list of topics to talk about – how I cope with it, what I feel, and how others can handle theirs. I’m no medical professional, but I cannot stress how important it is to take care of yourself! I learned the hard way that you can’t pour from an empty cup. I want to share my tips and tricks to coping healthily with anxiety and stress so that others can remember to put themselves and their health first! For more tips and tricks in your life, follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube channel!
4.7.8. Rule - Breathe Baby!
If you feel a panic attack, anxiety, or stress hitting you, you might get a tight feeling in your chest. One of the best ways to calm down is using breathing techniques. Here’s one that works great! Begin by exhaling completely through your mouth, making a whooshing sound. Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose for 4 seconds. Hold your breath for about 7 seconds, then exhale through your mouth slowly for 8 seconds. Repeat the process as needed, until the tightness in your chest subsides or until you feel calmed!
Humor - Laugh Off the Anxiety Sista!
Sometimes it can be hard to find the good in the bad but I promise it’s so worth it once you do! Laughing and smiling can relieve the stress response and in the long term, laughter can help improve your immune system and mood. When you’re feeling anxious or stressed, distract yourself by simply reading a few jokes, laughing with friends or watching a funny movie! Laughter helps the body release serotonin, leaving you happier and less stressed.
Exercise - Get That Anxiety Out!
Y’all know how I love my fitness! It has made a world of a difference for my anxiety because there are so many benefits all around. Not only is physical exercise going to keep you in shape, but it’s amazing for your mental health as well. Something as simple as walking can help your body on a daily basis and it’ll leaving you thinking and feeling positive! Walking outside for 20-30 minutes can alleviate and reduce stress as well as give your mind a boost. Exercising boosts the body’s endorphin release and can leave you feeling accomplished and happy!
I’m no medical professional but these are amazing tips that can help you daily and my hope is that it can help someone else. We so often get so caught up making sure everyone around us is okay and we forget to ask ourselves how our own mental/emotional health is. Take care of yourself first sista, and things will fall into place afterwards! Above is my YouTube video telling my story of what changed once I began to put myself first again. If there’s one thing you need to know about me, it’s that I teach others to love themselves first, as much as their own true love would. I pray that this message finds you if you’re someone who needs to hear this! You are amazing, you are capable, and you are beautiful inside and out!