Hey it's January 29th 2019. It's the beginning of the last semester of senior year of college. Pretty crazy that we'll never be a student ever again, but it's okay because there is a new chapter opening up. The chapter of 0 sleep, 0 normal food habits, 0 money, but remarkable memories is coming to an end. A new one for us is beginning. There are a lot of transitional phases everyone goes through but exiting college is a significant one that can cause anxiety. My website and words are coming from someone who suffered/ suffers severe anxiety/ panic attacks. None of anything I'm writing is run by anyone, there are no ads, or anything, just the thoughts from your fellow anxious mess! ;)
THE KEY TO HELPING YOURSELF IS LETTING YOURSELF BE HELPED. ALLOW YOURSELF TO HELP. THINK AND BELIEVE: "I WANT TO HELP MYSELF". NOT "THIS WILL NOT WORK. I NEED MEDICINE." BE VULNERABLE AND STRONG FOR THE BETTER OF YOUR HEALTH.
Some products and things I use daily to help me relax and keep me grounded range from Spotify playlists, to essential oils to ginger tea.
SPOTIFY PLAYLISTS: This is probably my most important one for you. Whenever I would be in the midst of severe panic attacks/ anxiety attacks, I would be quivering, weak, 0 appetite, dizzy, chest pains etc. All you can do is lay down and beat past it. I would put my headphones on and maybe even my eye mask, a heating pad, and every blanket on me even if I wasn't cold. The weight of something else helps ground you and makes your brain focus on feeling. Focusing on feeling is extremely key to feeling grounded and present. Notice your hands, fingers, feet etc.
The most successful Spotify playlist that has helped me significantly is "Deep Sleep". It's a collection of gorgeous calming piano based, environmental sounds. I can send you a link if you message me on Instagram. I listen to it whenever I can't sleep at night, or even during the day if I'm having an anxiety/ panic attack.
I've also started listening to "ASMR Binaural Noises". This playlist is more of beautiful calming white noises.
ESSENTIAL OILS AND SPRAYS:
I was pretty skeptical at first of all of these seeming mild solutions to anxiety. I was like, how could this possibly work. It's not neccesarily the product, but the concept of the product and the tangibility of it in your hand. These products are something to physically keep you busy, as well as they're intended to help relax you. Looking at and smelling essential oils gives your brain something to do which by default begins to decrease nervousness/ anxiety. Breathe deeply. Believe that the aroma relaxes you. It's kind of like the juul vape. People use the juul to relax. It's not neccesarily the content and ingredients in the vape. It's the social concept of what you're holding in your hand. You're holding a very social trend in your hand that helps you feel grounded with a sense of routine.
Lavender can nourish skin due to antioxidants, can somewhat control acne, reduces stress and anxiety, and induces sleep etc. You can get lavender essential oils at Whole Foods, Wegman's, Amazon etc. Each essential oil could come in packs of multiple for around 15$ or 1 for 6$. You can also get a Mario Badescu lavender facial spray for around 7$ at Urban Outfitters, Anthrpologie etc. I use this everyday.
Peppermint can relieve gas/ bloating, may relieve your tension headeaches/ migraines, may relieve clogged sinuses, and may even improve energy! It's a much stronger scent than lavender. I use this oil if I'm in more physical pain. You can put these on your wrists, or even just smell them. You can get this for 6$ at Whole Foods.
TEA TREE OIL
Kills bacteria, great for applying directly onto scars, acne, any type of minor skin ailments. Soothes skin inflammation. Ideal natural hand sanitzer. Very strong scent. I put this on any type of rash, pimple, or bump. 6$ at Whole Foods.
Breathing, purifying, clearing. Can help clogged nose. Clearing chest, and even bug repellent. 6$ at Whole Foods.