Hi friends! OK, so apparently since I’ve been a new puppy mommy, I haven’t been able to sit still for long enough to write a blog post! Seriously, I knew a puppy was going to be a lot of work, but I guess I didn’t realize how much she would need my undivided attention.
Having a new puppy in the house has reminded me of something I’ve always known about myself. I am a worrier. I worry about the bills, I worry about things at work, I worry about things the puppy might get into, I worry about my husband’s safety (he was in a minor car accident this week, he is fine, but I still worry), I worry about my family, I worry I won’t reach my goals. Long story short: I worry.
The weird thing is, I know that this is all silly things to worry about, yet I can’t seem to help myself. I know that worrying isn’t going to make anything better, and that really, my energy would be put to much better use being productive and finding solutions than worrying.
While I am far from being someone who is laid back and relaxed all the time, here are some techniques I use to ease my mind:
- Write things down. This is huge for me, if I take a moment to make a list and prioritize, it all seems much easier to deal with.
- Take a few deep breaths and relax your shoulders. I get fantastic tension headaches, and I’ve had one for a few days now, to the point that my neck is making it impossible to do anything. Running sounds like the worst idea ever, and even sleeping hurts. Just taking a moment to consciously relax can do wonders.
- Do something that makes you feel good. I recently read that people with anxiety problems might not benefit from intense exercise like people who suffer from depression might (obvi talk to your doc if you have either of these issues) but taking the time to do something physical that makes you feel your best can work wonders. For me, it’s been stretching and walks the past few weeks.
- Don’t fall into unhealthy habits. Stress eating might feel good in the moment, but when it comes down to it, you end up feeling sick, and it’s bad for your body. It’s easy to say “Oh I am stressed, I am just going to eat whatever” when really, eating a healthy meal will do more good than an unhealthy one.
- Take a nap. This isn’t always an option, but if I can just cuddle up in bed by myself for a little bit, I feel like a new woman when I get up.
- Listen to some soothing music. I love to listen to classical music on Pandora when things are bad at work. It has an almost instant calming effect on my mood.
Are you a worrier? What do you do when you’re feeling overwhelmed?