So, first up, apologies for this being a day late. I will do my absolute best to get a second post out tonight so that I’m back on track.
The reason for writing this a little late is because I had a terrible day yesterday. Fortunately, it wasn’t because anything horrific actually happened to me or anyone I know, it was mainly due to anxiety. I’m only just coming round to accept that I might have some kind of anxiety, so it’s pretty scary for me at the moment, because I don’t really know what’s going on.
I haven’t been diagnosed with anything (because I haven’t been to the doctor, so that would be pretty difficult), but I have found myself getting increasingly anxious over the past couple of years, and I’ve had one or two days lately when I’ve had what can only be called a panic attack.
Anyway, I’m not here to tell you all about my problems, but I am here to say, work on dealing with them! I didn’t do that yesterday – I wallowed. And consequently I’ve got twice as much work to do to get my essay finished today, because I did literally nothing from 1pm onwards yesterday.
I, unfortunately, haven’t been able to find anything that calms me down very well. Meditation sometimes works – I use a great little app called Headspace (which is on the App Store), which is a guided meditation app. Otherwise, it’s a question of finding something to cheer me up, as along with anxiety usually comes being very upset for me.
So here’s a little list of things you can do when you’re feeling down, to try and deal with that bad day you’ve had, whether it be anxiety, sadness, problems at work or school, anything!
1. Talk to someone, or write it down. This is often the first step to understanding that something is wrong, or can massively help you destress if something’s been worrying you.
2. If your problem is something that can be sorted (within reason), then do it! Talk to your boos or teacher about your problem, or take that first step to making a positive change.
3. Accept it. If it means that you have to write off a bit of time which you would have spent working, or meeting up with people or something similar, then so be it. Just try not to write off too much time when you have a looming deadline, like I did, because that can make you feel worse in the long run!
4. Take yourself out for a walk. With these chilly but clear days we are having at the moment, it’s great to have a little stroll out, away from your room or office, get some fresh air and clear your head. Walk in a pretty place, like a nearby park, and hopefully this will lift your spirits even more.
5. If possible, see friends or family. Even if it’s just to chat and have a coffee, it will take your mind off whatever’s troubling you, and give you a bit of a time out from your emotions.
6. Curl up on the sofa with a blanket, plentiful supplies of food, with a good book or film, and just switch off for a while.
7. Basically, do anything that makes you happy. For me, number 6 would make me happy, and maybe getting my favourite takeaway or going out to dinner, watching some Big Bang Theory or Friends, or even doing some shopping if I know that will cheer me up!
So this hasn’t been the most Christmassy post, but it’s something thats been on my mind, and which I wanted to get across to you guys.
To end the post on a lighter note, here’s the little gift that I got in my advent calendar for the 2nd! It’s a No7 High Shine Lip Crayon, and although I can’t for the life of me find the shade anywhere written on it, it’s a really nice sheer dusky pink shade. Watch out for another post, hopefully later today!