I have pretty severe anxiety issues. This expresses itself in a myriad of ways. Lately my therapist and I have been discussing having a mental health “toolbox” of things to help me curb/cope with the anxiety.
Today I had to make two different list. The first has to do with dealing with people who create anxiety in me.
I’ll talk to you if: You act with loving kindness
You treat me with respect
We honestly communicate
You take NO for an answer
You honour my boundaries
I’ll hang up/walk away if: You ask for money when you know I have none
You demand I do something/anything
You try to manipulate me
Talking to you increases my anxiety/ sends me into a panic attack
The second list is for those times when I’m spinning from anxiety and can’t seem to stop. This is a list to get me out of my head and into my body.
1. Take an Ativan
2. Go for a walk with headphones and music on
3. Watch TV and knit
4. Put on music and cook or clean
5. Do yoga and diffuse essential oils
6. Meditation app (especially good late at night)
Hopefully these tools will help. I’m very tired of constantly being struck down by things. I need a way to cope.
Anyway, on to other things. Like food! I was at a friend’s house this week and her daughter kindly made my favourite cookies….they are made with egg whites and ground hazelnuts and are absolutely delicious!
My husband cooked an amazing meal for a friend and I. He poached salmon and pan seared bacon wrapped scallops. Drizzled them with a lovely beurre blanc. And served it alongside a green salad with beets, feta, almonds, toasted quinoa and an avocado herb dressing that was to die for….heaven on a plate. He also made a beer batter bread to go with the meal.
I’ve been knitting along on my “happy” shawl and am almost at the halfway point. Really enjoying this project as it’s quite mindless and knits quickly. Daily movement is still happening. I’m doing Yoga with Adriene’s 30 days of yoga. I did day 5 today and although some days are harder than others and some poses quite challenging, on the whole I am enjoying it. Since the weather has been warmer I started walking but that’s gone by the wayside for the moment since I’ve developed a huge blister on my heel that makes walking any distance horribly painful.
Well that’s it for now. More next week!