I am one of the 40 million Americans that suffer with anxiety. For me, I describe my anxiety as a little monster in my head that feeds me a bunch of lies and makes me overthink every little situation and make up false scenarios in my mind. It sounds small, but anxiety can be crippling and in 2013 I was put on bed rest because of it.
When I was first diagnosed with anxiety it was in 2013 and the cause of it was the stress from a job I had. Almost everyone in my office was popping Xanax like it was candy. After a few years I decided it was time to stop taking Xanax and find a way to cope with my anxiety and keep it at bay.
My anxiety creeps up on me at night and keeps me from being able to sleep. So when I find myself experiencing anxiety before bed I have several tactics I use to cope.
Many times when I’m anxious before whether it be day or night I’ll go into prayer and ask God to help sooth my anxious thoughts and keep my mind clear. I’ll also pull my bible out for a little extra encouragement. One of my favorite verses for anxiety is Psalm 94:19. For those that do not pray or believe in prayer you can try guided meditations they are extremely effective and can be found on YouTube
Yoga for Anxiety
It’s no secret that I love yoga. One of my favorite YouTubers Yoga with Adrienne has a yoga practice for just about anything. I like to do her quick 20 minute Yoga for Anxiety video right before bed. The stretches and poses really help calm and soothe my mind and nerves.
There several essential oils that are good for helping calm anxiety. My favorite is lavender. I like to add a few drops of lavender oil to boiling water and let the scent drift through my home. I often do this while i’m doing my anxiety yoga routine.
One of my really good girlfriends suggested that I try melatonin back in August. I was having really bad anxiety and had convinced myself I was going to be fired from my job I even went so far as to come into work the next day with a box to pack up all of my stuff. This particular anxiety incident kept me from sleeping for almost three days. I took my friend up on her advice and got some melatonin. Melatonin basically sends the body a signal and lets it know its time to prepare for sleep. Now, I take it anytime my mind is racing and I know I need to sleep… it works like a charm!
The best way I can describe binaural beats is that they are sound frequencies that trigger the brain and allow it to become “entrained”. One of my friends told me about binaural beats a few years ago when I was telling her about how bad my menstrual cramps were. I thought she was being extra, but one night I was having a hard time sleeping and I decided to give them a try. I found a beat on iTunes for deep sleep and put my head phones in. I had only slept three hours when it was time to wake up but I felt as if I had a full nights rest. You can find binaural beats on YouTube for just about anything from sleep to pure judgement. Whenever my anxiety is going crazy at bedtime I find a good beat to listen to, pop in my headphones and sleep the night away.
I do my best to watch what I eat and stay away from foods that can trigger anxiety. Food is medicine so its important that we watch what we are putting into our bodies so that our bodies function the way they are intended to. I stay away from refined sugars and do my best to stick with an organic plant based diet because I have adverse reactions (anxiety) when I eat processed foods and refined sugars.
If you struggle with anxiety, how do you cope? I’m always looking for new ways to help improve mine.
Until next time…