You know those days where you just want to stay under the covers? The days when the idea of facing the next part of your day is so overwhelming you just want to hide? Yeah. We can all have days like that that. Especially those of us who may be dealing with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and grief. To me it feels like walking through peanut butter in a fog. Yep. Not fun.
So, today I want to share with you 6 questions to ask yourself when anxiety strikes.
- Have you eaten in the last 3 hours? If not, it’s time to eat something! Don’t eat just carbs… eat something nutritious with protein.
- Have you showered today? If not, its time to jump in a cold shower to wake up. Or, a hot shower if you need to relax. Even if you have already showered today it’s a good idea to shower again.
- How long have you been wearing that shirt/sweatpants? It’s time to change and put on something that makes your feel confident and beautiful.
- What area of your house/desk can you quickly clean to help you create peace in your environment? Tackle those dishes piling up in the sink or conquer that paper pile that is occupying most of your desk.
- Have you gotten some fresh air and sunshine today? Take 15 minutes and walk around the block and breathe in some fresh air. Open the blinds and let the sunshine into your space.
- Have you moved your body today? Movement helps you beat the blues and If you combine 5 & 6 that’s perfect!
There is no “Take a bubble bath,” “read a book,” or “eat some chocolate,” on this list. The truth is none of those things will work if you haven’t taken care of your basic needs because you are sad and overwhelmed. The next time sadness or anxiety try to hijack your day, I encourage to ask yourself these six questions. You can quickly put some simple solutions in place to keep putting one step forward.