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Last year I was diagnosed with a mild form of anxiety (not surprising given the current times!) and I’ve been learning to manage it without tablets over the last few months. I’ve found that having a good bedtime routine has helped me, so I thought I’d write down what I do so that it might help some of you too.
Have A Bath
For me a bath is the most relaxing thing! I’ll have a bath at any time of the day but as it’s such a relaxing experience it’s great to have one just before bed. I like to use Lavender products in my bath which are great for creating a calming experience. My favourites at the moment are the Bloomtown The Meadow Salt Soak * and Bloomtown The Meadow Nourishing Dry Oil * and I use both of them together. It creates a lovely aroma that I just sit and inhale and the oil leaves my skin nice and soft too.
The addition of candles and bubbles can also add a lovely atmosphere, but aren’t necessary. I like to take a book with me and read for a little bit, but you could also watch your favourite TV programme/film or just close your eyes and relax.
Evening Skincare Routine
Another thing I find really relaxing is my skincare routine. I love applying my nightly treats to my skin and taking a few minutes to connect with myself. It’s nice knowing that you’re doing something nice for your skin that will benefit it. I use REN Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic * every night and then follow it up with Antipodes Manuka Honey Skin-Brightening Eye Cream * and Trilogy’s Rosapene Night Cream *.
I really like to massage the creams into my skin and just concentrate on how it feels – sort of like a mini massage. I find that it really helps to switch my mind off and just concentrate on myself for a few minutes.
Meditation is something I’ve tried a few times but just couldn’t get the hang of it. This time however I’ve kept at it and tried different routines and think I’ve cracked it. I like to sit in bed cross legged and try to empty my mind. It’s not always easy and some nights it takes longer than others but I nearly always acheive it in the end.
I spend anywhere from 5 minutes to 15 minutes meditating and just go with how I feel that day. I think if you start putting too many restrictions on yourself (for example, I have to do at least 15 minutes every day, etc) then you’re more likely to fail, so just go with it and see how you get on. I always find that my mind seems so much calmer after I’ve meditated and it really does work.
Reading has always been an escape for me, which is perfect if you have anxiety. It takes your mind away for a little while, so it can think about something completely different to everyday worries and stress. Delving into another world is fun and exciting and helps to relax a stressed mind. It helps to unwind your mind which is perfect before bed, so you can get a good nights sleep.
And the last thing I find that’s really helpful with anxiety is an orgasm! But you don’t need me to go into detail about those! Whether you’re single or partnered up with someone make sure you get those endorphins flowing 🙂
All these things are great for helping with anxiety. I don’t do all of them every night – I mix and match depending on what I’m in the mood for and how much time I have. I’d definitely recommend adding at least one of them into your routine and then let me know how you get on!
Do you have any tips for coping with anxiety? Leave them in the comments section below.