A few weeks ago I wrote a post on self care rituals for stress. In that post I talked about the difference between stress and anxiety.
I know when it comes to my own self care, there are different ways I need to take care of myself depending on if I'm more stressed or anxious, so today I want to share some self care rituals for anxiety.
What is the Difference Between Stress and Anxiety?
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America says that "The difference between them is that stress is a response to a threat in a situation. Anxiety is a reaction to the stress." (Read More)
Part of my coping strategy with both stress and anxiety is reducing the things that make me really stressed, or bringing them down to a manageable level. Like school really stresses me out, so I don't take a full course load, which brings the stress (and anxiety) levels down.
Self Care Rituals for Anxiety.
Mental Health Support.
I said this in my stress post too, but mental health support is so important. Seeing a qualified professional can help you get insight into the source of your anxiety and learn valuable coping mechanisms to support yourself when you're feeling anxious.
If you're not sure what's causing your anxiety, tracking it may help. Just noting the day, time, and what you're doing can help you notice any patterns related to your mental and physical health.
I do this with physical issues too, like stomach pains, so I can figure out the root of the cause and so when I see a doctor, I have more reliable data to give them than just my memory.
For me, most of my anxiety builds and builds until I distract myself. And this isn't a 'run away from your problems' distraction. I take a nap or read a book to give myself a break from the source of anxiety. It helps me clear my head and I'm able to re-frame the problem, look at it more objectively, and move on.
I find this is also really helpful with stress and depression too. If I'm uncomfortable, like if my clothes don't fit or I feel like I need a shower, I'm going to feel more anxious.
I've also noticed I'm able to completely turn around a day with a shower, a change of clothes, an all over moisturizing, and a cup of tea. It won't cure your anxiety, but being comfortable can make you feel a lot more at ease.
I hope these rituals give you some ideas, and I'd love to know your simple self care rituals for anxiety too!