If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I started suffering from rather pronounced bouts of anxiety this year. Where my anxiety came from and why it hit when it did is something I’m still working to understand. But if you’re like me (anxious AND impatient) you’ll appreciate why I felt that it was more important to focus on getting better first.
My journey back to health hasn’t been linear, but it’s entailed the following steps:
- Admitting that I needed help
- Seeking out help
- Tweaking my diet (i.e. cutting out alcohol, caffeine and most sugar)
- Aiming to get enough sleep
- Slowing down (yoga, yoga and more yoga)
- Meditating daily
- Learning to be mindful of the sensations in my body (hello pounding heart!)
- Accepting and not judging myself or the sensations in my body
- Practicing letting go of the things I can’t control (this is a rinse and repeat step for me…)
- Doing more of what I love*
*And that’s where the sketching, drawing, illustrating and cartooning comes in! Subway sketches like the one above? My way of being in the moment by focusing on what I’m seeing – and, surprisingly, a wonderful way to enjoy what otherwise could feel like a scary commute.
P.S. A side benefit is that when you practice really seeing (or listening) you might just discover that you’re not alone in feeling anxious or scared.
Do you suffer from anxiety? What’s helped you to cope with your fears? I’d love to hear!