I have started to open up and share more about my struggles with anxiety and panic attacks. One of the best things I have done for myself is to open up and be vulnerable about those things I saw as weaknesses. It has been such a wonderful conversation to open up to you all about my struggle and how I have learned to cope with it – if you missed that post you can read it here! I promised that I would continue to offer up ways I cope with anxiety, panic attacks, stress, etc., so today I want to dive deeper into one of my very favorite ways to calm my mind, body, and soul – floating!
Do you or someone you know struggle with anxiety and/or panic attacks? This has been something I have dealt with myself for the last five years and I have finally learned to spin what most see as a negative into a positive.
My anxiety and panic attacks come and go as they please, and I never truly know when it is going to be a good day, week, month, or year. In the last five years, I have gone from weeks on end with countless panic attacks a day that have left me broken and drained, to also experiencing the bliss of one year free of a single anxious thought or panic attack.
What a beautiful day it is outside today here in Oklahoma!
We have been experiencing some awful flooding and too much rain, along with so many other states, including our sister state Texas. It is hard to look forward to summer when you wake up to rain and fall asleep to rain day in and day out. However, on this beautiful Wednesday, I believe people are feeling a slight pep in their step (or so it seems).
While driving to work this morning, I thought to myself:
“What a gorgeous day! What could make this day any better than it already appears to be? Of course, I would love to start eating healthier again and I HAVE to get back in the gym or go on a run asap!” Then, I had a small and exciting realization. Yes, of course I want to get back to the healthier lifestyle I was living in the months prior to my wedding, but those healthy motives still were not satisfying me completely. “Is there a better time in my life to get back into the flow of eating healthier and working out consistently, while also trying yoga for the first time?”
This question was a no-brainer to me. Of course, I will pick-up my healthy lifestyle again, but add something else that might be what is still missing. Like many new yoga-goer’s, I have longed to try yoga so many times before, but always have had the fear of walking into our one yoga studio in Stillwater and feeling like an absolutely mess with my extreme lack of flexibility and not so great balance. At last, after some thought, an idea hit me: “I’m sure there has to be some decent YouTube videos that can teach me how to do beginner yoga, until I feel comfortable enough to join a class!”
And, my oh my, am I excited about what I have found! Her name is Adriene Mishler and she is as cute as a button and lives in Austin, TX. She had me hooked in the first 10 minutes of the video with her soft-spoken voice, kind smile, and the one or two “ya’ll’s” that slipped out.
I am going home tonight and will be practicing the video below and beginning hopefully the very first of many steps in my yoga journey. I think it is so important to spiritually feel connected to your mind, body and the earth.
If you are interested in the idea of testing out yoga to see if it is something you are interested in, join me by practicing the two videos below of Adriene’s this week. If I find that my yoga journey is going well, I am going to jump in and participate in her 30 Days of Yoga movement.
Yoga for Complete Beginners – 20 Minute Home Yoga Workout
Yoga for Beginners – 40 Minute Home Yoga Workout
If you are interested in learning more about Adriene, you can find more free yoga videos and other goodies at http://yogawithadriene.com/.
I hope you will join me on this journey if this is a first for you as well. If you have experience with any level of yoga, any and all advice, suggestions and comments are welcome!
Sometimes we need to remember to make time for ourselves, our passions, and to do what inspires, relaxes, or invigorates us each week to improve our mood. It can be the littlest of things or it can be something more timely. Still yet, it is so important to not lose sight of who you are and what makes your soul happy, when it is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of today’s world.
So, here are my 10 things I want to try to do each week, and that I think you should try too, to make your week better:
1. Get at least two nights sleep of 8+ hours. You work so hard and are constantly running from this to that and such, this will really help re-energize you!
2. Watch at least 2 episodes of a TV show you are interested in currently, or begin a new series, I mean Netflix is everyone’s best friend!
3. Do at least one girly thing for yourself each week. Whether it is a bubble bath, painting your nails, fixing your hair nice one day/night, DO IT! You deserve to pamper yourself at least a little!
4. Eat one meal/treat that is one of your favorites. I have always been a Foodie, but nothing makes me happier than indulging in one of my favorite, snacks, treats, or meals each week!
5. Get some Vitamin D (carefully of course)! I am a fair-skinned red-head, so I know very well how careful I have to be in the sun, but 30 min a week never killed anyone, especially if you are doing it with some sunscreen. Vitamin D has been known to increase moods and the feeling of optimism and positivity, so help make your soul smile with a little sunshine!
6. Give yourself some “me time” – running, walks with your dog, laying out, reading a book, listening to music, painting, photography, cooking, playing an instrument…see all of the options!
7. Watch something or talk to someone who you know will make you laugh. Laughter is so good for the soul, and if you can make it a point to laugh, and I mean the really-deep-make-your-tummy-hurt-laugh, then you will find yourself feeling so much lighter and happier. I try to get in a good laugh at least once a day because it is SUCH a great stress reliever.
8. Get some exercise! You don’t have to be training for a marathon or to become a fitness model (which both are super awesome if you are by the way) but more so just get your heart-rate up and plug in your favorite tunes or that TV show and get lost from the craziness of the world for awhile.
9. Talk to a close friend or family member. For some this might seem like a no-brainer, but for others, it is helpful to be reminded that even a small ” I miss you” or an “I am thinking of you!” text can go a long ways. Don’t ever be afraid to make the first contact and reach out even if its been a few days, weeks, or even months, I promise it will make their day and yours!
10. This last one is my favorite: Do one random act of kindness each week! It doesn’t have to break-the-bank or even be an entire afternoon volunteering at a shelter or something. Just paying for someone’s coffee or snack, or volunteering to watch someone’s pet or kid(s) for free for an hour or two is even an act of kindness.
When you are crawling into bed on Sunday night, completely not looking forward to waking up early tomorrow morning or what you might have on your plate that week, reflecting back on these 10 things will make you see that even the most stressful of weeks can be filled with so much joy!