I have had some for of “anxiety” (self-diagnosed that is) for as long as I can remember. Some times it’s completely Screen Shot 2014-11-09 at 5.13.36 PMwarranted, sometimes it’s my brain thinking up/creating things, and sometimes it’s my past rearing it’s ugly face and involving itself in my current situations.

Through all of this I have yet to learn how to properly deal with my anxiety. Typically I can run or work out and that will allow the energy I was spending to be spent doing something productive, versus dwelling on things and working myself up. I have also tried supplements like Gaba Calm, or Calms Forte (Calms Forte is a homeopathic supplement) to at least take the edge off. These work best when I am anxious about something specific, such as a meeting, interview, event. Hell, I even took a Gaba Calm before my first date with Mike. Taking things like this may be more psychological than anything, but sometimes a placebo is all that’s necessary.

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I had a bout of anxiety this weekend, and when it was all over (and during it also) I realized it was all caused by my brain. Caused by me overthinking, and creating scenarios in my head and making things up. I take a good (or great) situation and let it fend for itself in my head while I am creating every reason I can to turn it into a negative situation.

And while anxiety isn’t something to joke about, I find posts like these on pinterest/instagram/tmblr comforting. They remind me to laugh, and to relax. They remind me that my brain is creating problems for me, and I need to take a step back and relax.

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How to Destress – To Sleep Better

Here are my tips for destressing while trying to fall asleep. I don’t use all these tips each night, but sometimes I use 1 or 2 but but it helps me shut my mind off, and relax my body for sleep.

(1) Take time to wind down and relax. To me, this means putting away my phone, iPad, computer, whatever. Sometimes I’ll read a book because I find this isn’t the same as electronic light in my face. Sometimes I’ll write in a journal, update my calendar, or just lay quietly thinking about my day.Screen Shot 2014-08-30 at 12.26.22 PM Screen Shot 2014-08-30 at 12.26.32 PM

(2) Take a hot bath. After a long day of being on my feet, running around, etc. a bath is the best thing. It’s warm, soothing, softens my skin, and opens my sinuses. Getting out I feel refreshed and ready to put on some comfy clothes aScreen Shot 2014-08-30 at 12.25.14 PMnd crawl into bed.

(3) Drink tea. Something about sleeptime tea or chamomille tea relaxes my brain, warms my belly, and allows me to prepare for sleep.

(4) If I feel wired and can’t sleep I like to mentally walk myself through my favorite hike, or visualize myself running my favorite route. Mike says he likes to visualize himself driving around the Watkins Glen Race Track.Screen Shot 2014-08-30 at 12.24.35 PM