Caring for your anxious mind: my top tips

 Well hello to you my reader chums! Consider yourself an overthinker or living with anxiety? I feel you and I hear you. It's one of the hardest things living with an anxious mind as your thoughts are constantly going round and round, growing and evolving, and it's hard to stop them. 

If you're living with an anxious mind and you're struggling with it, here are my tips on how to care for an anxious mind.

Caring for your anxious mind: my top tips

Affirmations are key

I adore affirmations, they're my favourite thing. We're all our own worst critics, we hate on ourselves for the littlest of things and are the first to point the bad things out. And, if you've got an anxious mind, these negative thoughts can develop into something a lot worse. This is where affirmations come in and can work wonders. Affirmations aren't something that work overnight, they're a practice that you implement every day as part of a routine, like your skincare in the morning. Practice a list of them every day and have some random ones dotted around too for when you need the extra boost.

Take time away from technology

Being on your phone is the worst thing when you have an anxious mind as it's a pool for comparison of others and can feed your negative thoughts, and make you feel worst. Caring for an anxious mind means taking breaks away from your phone as I can assure you, being away from constant notifications and perfect pictures will do you wonders - and allow you to connect more with the present.

Journal as much as you can

Writing your thoughts out is a great way to release the weight off your shoulders and remove them from your mind, by physically getting them onto paper. Get into the habit of journalling regularly as it can be a great way to clear your mind in the morning when you wake up or the last thing at night when thoughts are lingering on your mind. Journalling is a way to get your thoughts down including every single thing you're thinking that you don't want to say out loud.

Set a sleeping schedule

When I have a regular sleeping pattern, it always helps keep my anxiety at bay as it's so important to maintain good wellbeing. Sleeping is different for everyone to feel well-rested; I only need 7-8 hours, if I get any more or less, I'll feel overly tired so that's the prime amount for me to feel on top of my game. The best way to get into a sleeping schedule is to set an alarm for the same time every day and ensure you have downtime before bed to fall asleep at a similar time every night.

Practice healthy habits

Healthy habits are more than a good diet. It means exercising regularly, drinking water, getting your daily dose of fresh air, practicing self-love, caring for your mental health, and working on bettering your relationships. Healthy habits can mean an abundance of things, but the main premise is to ensure you're looking after yourself in every way possible.

Write letters to yourself 

Feeling low and having anxious thoughts is a breeding ground for a negative mindset. This is why I love the idea of writing yourself letters. These letters could be anything from a little motivational pep talk to reminding yourself of your achievements. Store them somewhere and when you're feeling anxious, pull them out and give them a read.

Remind yourself of your successes

This brings me to this point. You have come so far and you've achieved so much and you deserve to recognise that. It's time to remind yourself of that: write a list with all the top things you've achieved and are proud of yourself for.

Reassure yourself that it's just a thought, it's not real

This piece of advice has done me wonders when my mind is going around and around. Whatever you're thinking right now, it's just a thought, it's not real and it's not happening. Our thoughts are our imagination, they're often worries that aren't real and it's important to focus on that.

Remind yourself that it's not going to matter in the long run

If it won't matter in five years' time, don't spend longer than five minutes thinking about it; this is one piece of advice that has really stuck with me. Try not to waste energy or thoughts on things and people that don't matter or won't matter in years to come.

Do the things that bring you joy

Lastly, one of the best ways to look after your anxious mind is to do things that bring you joy. When you experience the feeling of joy, it can distract your mind from pressing worries and thoughts.

I hope you enjoyed this post. What other tips do you have?

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