How this mom deals with stressful situations naturally
Everyone one of us has faced a situation that has given us anxiety, maybe even to the point to consider it a phobia. As moms, we still have these fears, but we must try even harder to get through what is causing this anxiety from our children, our spouses, and most importantly, ourselves. Some common phobias can include public speaking, doctors, or even heights. Personally, a phobia of mine has been the dentist. Today, I had a dentist appointment and I to face my fear so to speak. While facing a fear is a feat for anyone, here are five ways to help in any situation that may cause you or anyone else anxiety.
1.Deep Breathing: It's a natural reaction that when we are confronted with a difficult situation, we hold our breath. Sometimes this can be done consciously or unconsciously. Either way, the results are the same. You aren't getting the oxygen your body requires; therefore, your body goes into panic mode. To avoid this, the best thing to do is deep breathing. I try to breath in slowly for four seconds and breathing out slowly for four seconds. By doing so, it can help slow your heart rate, relax your body, and prepare your mind for what is to come next.
2.Eat Something Small: It's no secret that when you don't eat regularly, it can cause low blood sugar and irritability. The best thing to do in this situation is to have a small snack with a glass of water. Today, my choice was a strawberry protein shake. It’s something quick, easy, and I can have it on the go.
3.Cut Down on Caffeine: there is nothing wrong with a pick me up, but when your anxiety levels are already high, caffeine is not your best choice. Caffeine works by blocking the chemicals in your brain that causes drowsiness from forming. Therefore, your body becomes unable to relax. When we are going into a high stress situation. This is the last thing anyone needs. Instead of coffee or tea, I had a big glass of water.
4.Stop Thinking Catastrophically: we've all heard the saying " hope for the best, prepare for the worst." That's a great way to prepare for a situation you are unfamiliar with, but a horrible way to prepare for a situation that you may be familiar with. It's very easy for your mind to go to some very horrible places very quickly. It is these types of thoughts that can make any situation hard to bear. Best thing to avoid this would be take a break, breath deep, and eat something small. As I waited in the waiting room, I could already feel my mind begin thinking of “worst case scenarios”. Luckily for me, they had a movie on in the waiting room. I could focus on the movie rather than the doctor’s office.
5.Give yourself some credit: what may be a small feat for others, may be a huge deal to you. It's okay to take baby steps and take it slow. When you do accomplish a goal, what's better than using some positive reinforcement and reward yourself! Personally, I plan to reward myself with binge watching my favorite show!
Moral of the story: anxiety is not an easy thing to deal with, and anyone who has personal experience with anxiety can attest to this. As moms, we can have an even harder time dealing with anxiety, but no matter the circumstance, there are always options to help with a situation.