I’ve suffered from anxiety for nearly my whole life so it’s definitely something I’m used to. I really hate how limiting anxiety can be, and how sometimes it can really effect my day-to-day life.
Over the years, I’ve picked up tips on how to minimize anxiety. Whilst they don’t suppress anxious thoughts completely, they really do help me. So, I thought I’d share a few of them with you today.
When you’re a blogger, you have to embrace social media. Otherwise it’s very hard to interact with your readers/followers, as well as brands and other bloggers.
However I find that Instagram especially, can have a negative effect on my mood. So, I really do try to limit how much time I spend on there. I know by not using Instagram often, I’m limiting potential collaborations and my growth on the platform. However, I know my anxiety definitely improves when I use the app more sparingly.
‘Comparison is the thief of joy’ is such a true quote. I find that Instagram makes me compare my life, my wardrobe and my successes to others. It’s just not conducive.
Instagram recently introduced a fantastic feature where you can choose a daily reminder for the amount of time you want to spend on the app. So you’re a little more accountable on the time you’re spending on there.
When this feature first launched, I was shocked at what my daily average was. But now, I’ve managed to get my daily average down to 25 minutes. Which I feel is a lot more healthy compared to the hours a day I used to spend on there.
You can set up a notification which pops up to let you know you’ve reached your daily limit, and you can obviously ignore the notification if you want to.
However, not all social media platforms impact my mental health negatively. If anything, I find Pinterest to be a godsend whenever I’m feeling particularly stressed. It’s such a great way to distract yourself. I often find I’ll forget whatever it was I was stressing about just by pinning 10-15 pins to my multiple Pinterest boards.
I love Pinterest anyway, but it’s such a great app if you’re looking for motivation or inspiration. In terms of quotes, productivity tips or even just recipes you can make to help distract yourself even more.
There are a number of mindfulness apps (many of which are free) that you can download from the app store should you wish to give mindfulness a go, and it’s something that’s very popular in self help how to minimize anxiety guides.
So what is ‘mindfulness’? Described as being a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
The apps offer many different functions such as therapeutic sounds to help relax you, narrated stories, tips on meditation, breathing exercises and much more. There are also apps that allow you to keep somewhat of a diary, so you can record your feelings and thoughts on a daily basis, and again there are some really great free apps which are well worth a try.
In addition to apps, you could try using a bullet journal or diary if you prefer to physically write down your thoughts and feelings. I’m only trying bullet journaling for myself this year, and it’s surprising how much I enjoy it.
I think it’s mostly down to how much I love stationery, so I really like being able to be creative in my pages, and just by designing different pages, it’s a great distraction in itself.
You can record literally anything in a bullet journal such as goals, household chores, deadlines, blogging, budgeting or even recording water consumption – the possibilities are endless.
I know budgeting, money and worrying about the future can all cause anxiety, so bullet journaling is perfect. As you can see everything written down in a format you choose.
And there’s always things you can use on the internet such as budget calculators, and automatic saving apps. Which can transfer left over amounts after bills are paying, from your account.
Turn Off Notifications
This might seem like a really strange tip to include for an ‘how to minimize anxiety’ roundup, but it’s something I did myself one day, and I’ve never looked back.
I used to have notifications set up to alert me for comments, DM’s, emails – the lot, but all it did was make me glued to my phone which is never healthy.
I don’t ignore the notifications now, but I check Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and my emails when I want to, and not when my phone pings to let me know there’s a new notification.
Sure, I still check my phone / platforms throughout the day, but I no longer stop what I’m doing just because I got a notification.
This links in well with the reduced social media usage. As it’s cutting down the time I’m spending on Instagram, especially, a lot. I also turned off notifications for my email account. So, I no longer get a popup on my desktop when I get a new email.
Which would often distract me whilst working. So, now I try and check my messages / comments when I have the time and inclination to do so. It’s making such a difference to my anxiety, but also my productivity too.
There are so many things I could share on how to minimize anxiety. I really hope you find these tips useful if you do, or know someone that struggles with anxiety.