15th September 2017
Do you suffer with anxiety? In 2013, there were over 8 million reported cases of anxiety in the UK.1 Perhaps I can be of assistance…
Anxiety is often perceived as a negative condition, and don’t get me wrong, it can be extremely difficult to deal with both for the person with the anxiety, and the people around them; just ask my boyfriend! But by being completely honest and open with yourself and taking the time to work on self-love, you can manage and overcome it. There is that well-known saying, “every cloud has a silver lining”, and believe me, 6 months ago I never thought I’d be able to apply that to my anxiety, but the truth is that it makes me who I am and it has allowed me to grow.
I’ve found 3 things to be key in learning to manage my anxiety, and in sharing them with you I hope that you, too, are filled with positivity and hope that you can overcome yours.
It’s not a short or easy journey, but small steps can make a big difference. I mentioned just now that in spending time on myself, whether that’s taking a bath, working out or writing on my blog, I have been able to identify my strengths, what makes me happy, and ultimately where I want to be. You can do anything you want to do if you dedicate time and effort to it, but don’t forget to dedicate time to yourself!
My guess is that as a Peel regular, you are likely to be pretty active. But before you take exercise into consideration, your body needs a certain amount of energy to function, and if you live an active lifestyle on top of that, then you’ll need more fuel. But what I’ve learnt is that it’s not about the amount of food you consume in terms of calories (or energy), but the quality and variety of that food to ensure nutritional nourishment. So that’s your body, but what about your mind? It’s often neglected, right? Well, whether it’s conscious breathing, meditation, mindfulness, or just taking that time out (maybe a long weekend, or a holiday) we can all find benefit in nourishing our minds, and in turn a nourished mind also allows, more freely, self-love.
I know. It’s easy to get bogged down with the job that you don’t really like, or the fact that your trousers don’t fit you like they used to, or you haven’t run enough miles this week. Look, we’ve all been there, and as easy as it is to say, and not so easy to do, don’t beat yourself up! Life is short, after all. Most of us have probably been on that restrictive fad diet and been pretty miserable. And the rest of us have been in a relationship with someone or best friends with someone on a fad diet and been pretty miserable! Either way, ask yourself… is it worth it?
So, in fact whether you have anxiety or not, I challenge you all to love nourish enjoy. I’ll bet you’ll feel a lot better for it. Let me know how you get on; you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the #GirlGains event on Saturday 7th October 2017 where Jen will kick things on with a short workshop-style session, based on the #GirlGains latest campaign, #AcceptEmbraceLove, talking about some of the barriers that hold us back and sharing some tips and tricks on how we can overcome them. Book Tickets.
1 source: www.mentalhealth.org.uk