‘Sometimes you’ve got to face the darkness to step into the Light again’– James Arthur ‘Sermon’
I just want to start this post by saying that I am doing alright- I just have moments of bad anxiety or panic when triggered by specific issues. This week, I have been feeling more anxious than normal and when this happens I often have to take a step back, take a mental health day to rest and relax and recover.
As many of you know, I have social anxiety and this manifests in various ways. At the moment, I have issues with body image as I have put on a lot of weight over the past 5 years- partly due to medication and partly to lifestyle (I love sugar and don’t move as much). However, this means that in some situations, my anxiety gets a bit heightened.
Early mornings are also the worst time for me in terms of anxiety so I try and do things later in the day now.
So what do my mental health days look like?
Sometimes they can involve:
– Sleeping or resting if needed for a few hours
– Watching something funny- today I watched the Windsors Royal Wedding special
– Speaking to a friend
– Eat something healthy that I love (and sometimes eating chocolate.. which I am trying to stop)
– Taking space and time from work to breathe. As I am self employed, I make my own hours so I know this isn’t the same for everyone.
Listening to relaxing music, taking a bath, doing something mindful eg colouring or going for a walk if I feel able are also good.
I am looking forward to a more restful weekend and taking care of my mental health. Once I’ve had a mental health day I usually feel better, more rested, calmer and centred.
Overwhelm is hard but it doesnt have to rule everything.
I’d love to hear about what you do when overwhelm sets in, to help ease the tension?