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I think we all feel anxious to some degree. Some of us feel it everyday, some very rarely. Some feel it intensely, even feeling sick. Other feel it for a slight second, a nervous feeling. We all feel it at some points though, it’s a shared human experience. I suffer in the early mornings and sometimes late at night or when I wake up in the middle of the night. Ive been teaching myself how to deal with this anxiety and I’m no master but I have found some things that help me! And maybe since they help me, they can be of use to you!

  1. Get some sunshine and fresh air! going on a hike honestly helps me so much, not in the city but up a mountain or along a trail. The air is fresh and the sounds of nature soothing.

  2. MEDITATE! Honestly, even just for 3 minutes. Meditation is so important but it involved consistency. The more you practice, the easier it becomes and the more of a tool it can be.

  3. Sniff some lavender essential oil. lavender has calming elements. It helps with sleep, stress, and anxiety. Use it as essential oil in your skin, clothes, or bed sheets. You can also get lavender candels to light around the house.

  4. Drink non-caffeinated tea or ice cold water. AVOID COFFEE. sometimes I can be feeling fine and coffee can just mess it up. A nice soothing tea can make the tummy feel warm and happy!

  5. Cold water. This is a quick trick. Splash water on your wrists or temples to calm yourself down quickly.

  6. The 5 senses. I learned this one in therapy and it’s amazing. Find 5 things you can see, 4 you can hear, 3 you can touch, 2 you can smell/heat, 1 deep breath. If you have someone close to you that you feel comfortable with, have them take you through this.

  7. Therapy. To follow up on my last point- therapy can also be great. I don’t think it’s for everyone but it’s definitely worth trying.

  8. Practice being in the present and gratitude.

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I absolutely love Wellington because it’s so close to so many beautiful nature walks and so much scenery. I live right in the city centre and it’s just a 15 minute walk till I’m at a mountain or if I go 20 minutes in the other direction I’ll find myself in the botanical gardens. As much as I need to live in the city because of the convenience (work), I can feel so suffocated sometimes. I’m def not a big city kinda person at all.. I’d much prefer to live out in a forest or something. Wellington really gives that perfect median that suites my lifestyle at the moment perfectly.

This lovely little hike was just a train ride away... just absolutely stunning. Nothing better than a weekend spent exploring and getting into nature. I remember having the biggest smile on my face the whole time. I just felt so present and grateful. That feeling is what I aim to feel every second.

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With being present comes a sense of understanding for the people around you. A lot of us go through feelings of sadness, anxiety, fear, etc. I know from experience that it can be so easy to feel like your alone and the only one experiencing the feelings you are. Other people can seem so happy and put together that they must never feel the feelings that I feel. I then started to realise that the people closest to me didn’t ever think I had such bad anxiety, they didn’t think I had anxiety at all.  I’ve been told by friends that I seem so outgoing and happy. They had no idea that some days I struggled to show up for them or even get out of bed. But the weirdest part is I didn’t realise the closest people to me were struggling as well, unless they told me. They would flat out have to say “hey I’ve been depressed” or “hey I’ve been struggling with this.” How could I not tell that they were struggling with something? How couldn’t they tell I was? Surely when your so close to someone you would know, right? The more I’ve explored this, I’ve learned that we are all at each moment experiencing some kind of emotion/feeling. At this very moment, what do you feel? Do you regularly notice this feeling? Do you feel present with this feeling? Where do you feel it?

In this moment I feel positive feelings. But when I notice those feelings of anxiety, I can feel like I’m alone. It feels like I’m experiencing this feeling that is so terrible and no one can understand me. That’s what I thought until I began to realise in each of those moments I felt anxious, tons of other people were feeling the exact same thing even some at the exact same time. I realised that this is a shared experience I’m having with lots of other people and that they are having with me. This made me feel better because I’m not alone, we never are. We are experiencing this all together as one.

The more present you stay, the more you also begin to notice the feelings of the people around you. Observe how people act and you’ll understand how they feel. Things will be a lot different then what they have appeared.

Observe and experience.

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