I know I have wrote about this before, but I thought this would be a good time to go over things again as people are having a tough time getting through the winter blues. Anxiety goes along with depression. There isn’t any one way to get through depression, but treating stress is attainable.

I try to keep stress and stressful situations at a minimum, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. How I manage plays a big role in my overall health. First what is stress?

Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous.

My mind is a powerful thing. It can take something I perceived and turn it into something for me to stress about. Keeping this in mind, it is possible for me to use this powerful tool I have to overcome these thoughts and feelings that build up to cause stress and anxiety.

1. How? I have spoke about using breathing techniques before. This is my go to thing when things are spinning out of control. Not literally, though it can help in a vertigo attack too. By focusing on my breathing instead of the pervasive thought, I disrupt that particular idea that is causing the anxiety or panic.

2. If it’s a situation that causes the anxiety… repetition is the key to resolving my discomfort. For instance- ceiling fans are a huge trigger of anxiety for me. This does have to do with vertigo, though indirectly. My mind thinks vertigo is starting when a ceiling fan or worse multiple ceiling fans are spinning just out of sight. By forcing myself to sit under a ceiling fan at home, I have eliminated most of the anxiety I get around them in public.

3. Meditation helps center me. This centering helps me in situations where I might be quick to anger. I wish it was always effective, but unfortunately I am human and as such get angry. I am able to put things into perspective better so that my anger doesn’t contribute to anxiety.

4. Yoga- any type of exercise is a great stress reliever. I highly recommend finding something that works for you. Walking, arm chair yoga or tai chi if you aren’t ambulatory. The best thing about the last two is that there is usually some kind of meditation or relaxation involved in the practice. You can find great YouTube videos. Also, if you have access to a pool, water is gentle on your muscles and joints.

5. Therapy- there is nothing wrong with seeking help and talking to a professional about your stress. They are there to listen and maybe offer techniques you haven’t tried or different ways to implement them.

6. Anti-anxiety medications are an effective tool when the thoughts are too pervasive and all the techniques won’t work.

I hope this helps. What techniques do you employ to control your stress levels?

Love, Peace and Light! Rita

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