Big things help, but so can little things.
Like a lot of people, I have anxiety. In my case, it’s primarily social anxiety, with a little bit of generalised anxiety thrown in to spice things up.
I'm a potent blend of discomfort and over-analysis. I call it Eau D'Neurosisi.
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My anxiety keeps me up at night, makes me question EVERYTHING, affects how I interact with people, and is generally a complete *insert terrible swear word*.
If anxiety was a person, it would be that one guy at parties that hoards all the nibbles then tries to explain your own dissertation to you.
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Over the years, I’ve developed a few small strategies and tricks to help me manage, and even lessen my anxiety. In the interest of maybe helping fellow anxious people, I’ve put my best ones in a list below.
Maybe they'll help you too! Or maybe you'll hate them. If it's the latter FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DON'T TELL ME I'LL OBSESSIVELY WORRY ABOUT IT FOREVER.
Find a time each day to completely switch off from all your devices.
I mean, surely by now we've all read at least one article about how bad it is to be staring at screens all day? In general I'm pretty addicted to my smartphone, so I feel kind of hypocritical saying this, because I am the WORST when it comes to switching off.
Honestly though, I've found taking even just twenty minutes a day to turn my laptop and phone off, and put them in another room while I read a book or wander around outside, really good for putting myself in a better state of mind. I'm also trying really hard to not be on my phone before bed too, because I've noticed this helps me sleep easier – and as a chronic night owl, anything that gets me closer to the holy grail of eight hours is a god-send.