When it comes to anxiety, I have learnt more and more about how to manage it effectively and responsibly as time goes on.
It was a massive learning curve for me because for a large amount of my late teens I thought that I was dealing with things when in fact, I was just learning what situations to avoid and allowing my anxiety to distort my reality in the process.
There has been many a time where my sister has had to calm me down over the phone because someone was complimenting my work and I had somehow convinced myself that I wasn’t deserving enough of it, or the thought of having to spend an evening with a bunch of people I don’t know very well was keeping me up at night.
A big part of me overcoming this was to tackle my anxiety head on, which in turn meant having to feel anxious a lot more than I would have liked.
Although it was hard, I honestly don’t believe I would have reached the stage where I am now if I hadn’t. Don’t get me wrong, my anxiety still manages to catch me off guard, (sometimes more frequently than others) and I still have a long way to go, but I am a firm believer that if I didn’t confront my fears, I would have to live them.
Fucking hell I just read that back. That was a bit intense wasn’t it? I have been up writing since 1:30am okay? cut me some slack.
Anyway, I used a lot of bastard products during that time to help me chill the eff out…I’m messing. Sorry, give me a second to pull myself together *clears throat*
What I am trying to say is, I am by no means using this post as a way to inform you that there is some miracle product out there that is going to cure your anxiety but instead, would like to use this as an opportunity to share with you some of the little products that make my anxiety fuelled moments that teeny weeny bit more bearable.
Essential Mood Lifting Kit by Neom
I remember first stumbling across this little kit, reading that it said “3 intense products with the power to make you happy” and being like *Rolls eyes emoji*
I always find that I’m a bit sceptical when it comes to products claiming that they can help towards transforming the way I feel and all of that bullshit, but I have really found these 3 little sprays useful.
A part of that is due to the fact that it encourages you to take 5 minutes out from whatever you are doing, ideally in a quiet area and then proceed to take the next 3 steps:
- Spritz a cushion or fabric behind your head with the Mood Lifting Home Mist.
- Apply the Intensive Mood Lifting Treatment on the pulse points of your wrists, temples and behind your ears.
- Spritz the Mood Lifting On The Go Mist above you creating a cloud and at the same time breathe in through your nose for 7 seconds and out through your mouth slowly for 11 seconds.
The scents within these sprays include wild mint and mandarin which help to lift your mood as well as calm the body. White neroli, mimosa and lemon are also essential oils that feature and apparently, have been used by aromatherapy experts to balance emotions and promote a more positive, uplifted state of mind since the 17th century.
It’s pretty common knowledge that lavender helps to reduce anxiety and improve your mood but why the heck didn’t I ever think of getting Lavender Tea sooner?
Just the smell from the tea is enough to make my shoulders drop and it tastes just as good as it sounds. It is naturally caffeine free and although you can drink it at anytime of day, it is especially recommended to relax you ready for bed, which I find prevents me from having an anxiety attack at twat o’clock at night when I think about something embarrassing I did when I was 12.
P.S. special shout out to Dawn for introducing me to the stuff. I am forever in your debt.
Sweet Dreams Aromatherapy Roller Ball by Tisserand
I used to find that running around like a blue arse fly was a good way to keep myself from over thinking and making myself anxious but I wouldn’t recommend it. I tell you what I hate. When I’m going through a period of anxiety and there’s that time just before bed when I have no choice but to lay there like a fish until I fall asleep when my brain decides that it would be the perfect time to dwell on how much of a terrible person I am for not offering anyone a fruit gum at lunch.
If anything this little roller ball is enough to make me go “oooh what a lovely smell” to distract me from thinking about how I cant seem to function like a proper adult.
SIDE NOTE: I use this roller ball regardless of what time of day it is, not just before bed.
De-stressing Face Mask by Superdrug
I have spoken about this face mask before but I love it because it does exactly what it says on the bottle. Clay masks have a detoxifying effect on the skin and I think that taking the time out to pamper yourself in one way or another certainly helps towards making you feel that little bit more at ease.
For me, baths are as therapeutic as it gets. It is that one time I can really have my own space with a clear head and I don’t have to leave the bathroom until I am well an truly ready.
I was never a massive lover of bath salts but it turns out, I just hadn’t found ones that did the trick for me. Then I stumbled across Himalayan bath salts and some green tea and peppermint ones that just seem to work their magic. I would definitely recommend trying them out as a way to unwind.
I hope that this post helped you in some way or another and if there are any products you find useful that I haven’t mentioned, feel free to comment below. Sharing is caring my friends. I hope you’re all having a lovely week. Peace.