Inhale, Exhale

Hey hi y'all!


For those that haven't gathered from this blog thus far, I'm a litttttle bit Type A. I say this while cringing because I hate admitting that. I'd love to say that I'm super spontaneous and *live life on the edge*, but let's be real here. I'm the type of person who likes to have control over a large portion of their life,  and this comes from also suffering from anxiety in some regards.

Some people tend to shy away from talking about mental health publicly, which I understand to a point, but I believe that talking about it openly and candidly allows others to learn from your experiences and become braver and bolder in their own regard.

Anyways, mental health soapbox aside, my tendency to be Type A often times leads me to want control in most aspects of my life and surely gets me caught up in the details. As the months progress and life simply happens and I go into my final year of college, many unexpected situations arise, and most of the time, they are completely out of my control. As more and more unexpected situations arise that I simply have no control over, this sort of Type A alarm in my head rings loud and clear, and I've found myself turning to different solutions to help learn to "cope" with any sort of momentary anxiety.

Thus far, the best solution I've found is meditation for in the moment solutions to feeling overwhelmed or a little bit helpless.  I've heard about headspace from just about everyone and their mother and was on the fence about trying it until my own mother told me how she uses it religiously, something that I didn't even know. I decided to give it a test and I've found that it calms me down so much that I've scheduled it (there's that type A personality again) into my schedule to do at least twice a day- once when I wake up, and once before I go to bed. I've found this really helps me because it lets me start my day with a clear and quiet mind and lets me go to sleep with a clear and quiet mind. I've also found that the more I do it, the more I'm able to meditate on my own without any guidance. For example, the other day, I was having a flutter of anxiety out of the blue while at dinner with some family friends and my family, and stepped out onto the porch to just meditate for 5-7 minutes and catch my breath and quiet my mind and it made a world of difference. Instead of sitting in the bathroom and crying and panicking, I was able to come back to the table and continue the dinner as if nothing had happened, because I felt completely fine. I've found that even just taking a few deep breaths and saying a few affirmations related to whatever it is that's bothering me really helps to just put me at ease and allow me to go back to "real life". 

How do you cope with momentary anxiety? 


*A Note: this is not sponsored by headspace, just my own thoughts about using it. They have a free version to use for basics, but you can choose to pay as a subscription for more packs, either one-time fee, monthly, or annually.