Written By: Lindsay Sibson
My imagination is always running wild and dreaming of new business ideas, books to write, experiences to have and adventures to go on.
It’s all fun and games until my active mind goes awry and anxiety creeps in, bringing with it worry, nervousness, self-doubt and an overall feeling of uneasiness. I’m sure you know exactly what I mean!
My mind erupts with question after question that pick apart every aspect of my life, from my career, to my relationships; and it seems that once that one little thought creeps in, it snowballs and the next thing I know, I’m one big ball of anxiety!
While I have a family history with anxiety, it wasn’t until a few years back that I personally understood what this whole anxiety thing was all about.
I quit a comfortable job at a school because I was burned out and figured I would easily find something else. Oh how wrong I was!
With no income and increasing debt, I felt like a total failure. When I was finally offered a contract with a financial services company, I pursued it, even though my gut was giving me all the signs that it wasn’t a good fit.
The new role kicked my butt! I was crying on the daily and the butterflies in my stomach seemed like they were supercharged. I seriously dreaded going to the office every day. The reflection in the mirror was NOT the happy go lucky, free spirited girl I identified myself with any longer.
I was desperate for relief and went to the doctor because that is what you do when you don’t feel well, right? All I left with was a prescription for anti-anxiety medication, which I took for a few days before realizing I was pursuing the wrong solution. I needed change and I needed it fast. So I quit my job to passionately pursue the most important role of all – ME! My health; my mindset; my well-being; my dreams.
However, my ongoing tango with anxiety didn’t end there. Even now that I am living my dream of traveling the world, I still face anxious feelings. What’s more important nowadays is how I handle those anxious feelings and the actions I take to successfully help me keep my anxiety to a minimum.
Here are 5 natural ways to get rid of anxiety and live your best life, right now!
1.STOP DRINKING ALCOHOL. I love red wine. I associate it with relaxing and unwinding after a long day of work or adventure. To me, it is a liquid hug that calms me down. But since we live in a world of duality, with the good comes the not so good. I’ve had plenty of nights where I was socializing and indulged a bit too much. The next day, not only was I hung over, but I had this inner turmoil of negative feelings. I refer to them as “The Second Day Scaries”- a feeling of an impending doom. It’s AWFUL!
It wasn’t until I cut alcohol out completely during a juice cleanse that I realized how much it was contributing to my anxious feelings. Most recently, I decided to do a “Dry January” and after two weeks of not consuming alcohol, I had an inner peace and overall calmness that I had not felt in a long time.
2. PURGE IT. Get those feelings out! Put that pen to paper and journal it. Talk to someone you trust regarding how you are feeling. Meditate. Do what you can that resonates with you to purge your anxious feelings.
I participated in a tradition in the Canary Islands. There is a night where you write all your worries on a paper and then burn it in a beach bonfire. It signifies releasing your feelings and starting anew. It felt uplifting to see all my worries go up in flames and out of my mind.
Follow up the purge with writing at least five things you are grateful for. Having an attitude of gratitude will help immensely in keeping your focus on what is meaningful and aid in producing plenty of happy feelings.
3. TAKE ACTION. If there is something unsettling in your life (job, financial struggle, relationships, health concerns), by all means, start by taking one step in the direction you want to go. When your head hits that pillow every night, do you want to be thinking about how frustrated you are, or would you rather be able to pat yourself on the back because you took action and are one step closer to achieving your goal? The choice is yours. There are many studies out there about the power of creating a plan and having written goals. Carve out some time and have a date with yourself to write down what it is that YOU want. Check in each and every morning to plan out how you are going to make that happen!
4. EAT KIND FOODS. Just like minimizing alcohol is key in reducing and eliminating anxiety, eating a healthy and fresh diet is equally as important. Kind foods are foods that are made with love and positive energy, such as fruits and vegetables. To evolve into something that is delicious to consume, these foods need sunshine, water, attention/care and time. Hence why these types of foods make us feel great! On the other hand, if we consume foods that are spit out by a factory in thirty seconds, they fail at providing the energy our body needs.
A simple rule to follow: It is comes from a plant – EAT IT. If it was made in a plant – AVOID IT.
5. CONSUME KIND INFORMATION. Imagine a glass that has dirt in it. You are not able to dump the glass to clean it – so what do you do to remove the dirt? One option is you can keep adding clean water until the dirt is flushed out.
Your mind is like that glass and you have the option of filling it up every day with either dirty OR clean information. The more “clean information” you consume, the more clear and positive your mind becomes. Reading and listening to inspirational and uplifting material is one way to do so. If you need ideas, please feel free to contact me!
Anxiety comes in many shapes, forms and sizes. This advice is strictly from what I have personally experienced in my life. If you are having difficulty with anxiety, please don’t go at it alone. Consult a health professional, or someone you trust.
At first, I had to put my ego aside because I felt like I should be able to “just deal with it”. The more I opened up about it to loved ones, the more I realized I was not alone in my quest of searching for inner peace. We are all faced with various stresses in life that can put a strain on our health and well-being. However, if you want to improve your personal situation, it is up to you to search and find a solution that fits your needs. And I know you can do it!
Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into reality when she stepped on a plane to London, April 17, 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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