Treat Yo’ Self! | Rituals to Alleviate Anxiety

In the words of Tom and Donna from Parks and Rec, “Treat Yo’ Self!” I know there is some controversy sparked in the “green/organic/natural” beauty world right now regarding self-care and this theme of treating yourself. But I personally think it is important to engage in some “self-care” (if you will) to maintain a sense of calm and to reset yourself after a stressful day or a particularly hard month at work.

As a person who deals with anxiety on the regular, to the point where my GI system likes to rage against me in times of stress or major anxiety, I have come to enjoy some me time and practice alone time, self-care, or “treat yo’ self” type rituals. Therefore, I thought I would share my rituals that I deem important to maintain an emotional equilibrium in a time of political and social (and occasionally personal) turmoil. (I live in the U.S., and if you live under a rock, this country is going to hell in a hand basket real quick under our current administration and has affected me in ways I didn’t expect).

I don’t think the theme of treating yourself needs to entail a laundry list of things like Donna and Tom have in place…and it definitely doesn’t have to break the bank! For me, sometimes it is as simple as putting on some music (on Spotify-search for Chloe’s Playlist…Epic tracks) and staring out the window rehashing the day or event. Other times, it involves some products to help chill me out and reset my mind and emotions.

I like to do a face mask as this is helping my skin reset and gives me time where I have to be sitting still. Here are my two current favorites: Josh Rosebrook’s Cacao Antioxidant Mask (smells like cocoa) or a sheet mask from Tony Moly.

Sometimes I will take a bath, and other times I will lay on my bed, just depends on the mood. I am usually listening to music or a podcast. For laughs and girl talk, I like to listen to Bitch Sesh with Casey Wilson and Danielle Schneider, and it is a pod that breaks down Bravo’s Real Housewives franchises…which is a major guilty pleasure of mine!

I would suggest keeping a journal to help track emotions and events that caused anxiety. I need to be better at this myself, so take my advice and keep a journal! But you can also identify triggers, feelings, and reactions to certain things in your life by doing this, which may help to lessen the anxiety you are feeling.

Lastly, I would say not to be hard on yourself when you have had an anxious day, week, or month. We cannot control the outside world, or even our inside world at times, therefore, we cannot assume we will be able to fix anything outside of our control. Going forward with this principle may be helpful when trying to reconcile your anxiety with events or triggers outside of yourself. Identifying your anxieties will help you to gain better control over them…also, for me, I ask myself what is the worst thing that could happen? As long as no one will get harmed (including yourself), then you will survive it!

I by no means have my anxiety completing under control, but I find setting some “self-care” time for myself when I need it helps to reduce my anxiety and reset my attitude for the next “catastrophe” that comes my way. I hope this was helpful and provided a little perspective. Let me know what ways you unwind when you are dealing with stress or anxiety.

Disclaimer: I am a nurse by trade, but am not specialized in mental health care. This post was written with my own experiences in mind and hoping what has helped me decompress may help someone else. This post is not attempting to replace your doctor’s medical advice or pharmacological therapies, but as a supplement to one’s current regimen.

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