Dealing with mental illness, I find that it’s so important to have a routine.
• Starting with a sample routine.
Such as making your bed. Taking care of basic hygiene, brushing your teeth & washing your face. which could be challenging.
•Make a cup of coffee or tea. Enjoy it! Take it one day at a time. If you can accomplish this 2 days in a row that’s huge success. The next week, aim for 3 days in a row. If you don’t succeed at doing it. Don’t beat yourself up. Reevaluate and try to complete it for one day a week. It could help to set a specific day.
It may sound ridiculous for others, however, it’s a big task for one that is crippled with depression and anxiety. Some days, just getting out bed is routine in it self.
The importance of breathing when experiencing anxiety. Notice, I did not say anxiety attack! To me, two totally different things, base on my experience.
Here, I’m speaking of a mild form of anxiety. Its reaction from your brain, it’s a feeling. it’s not reality. You feel your heart racing, pounding, scared like something bad is going to happen. This is a horrible feeling to have and and function through your day to day, completing your daily task.
This is an everyday anxiety situation I just described. One that suffers with clinical anxiety, mental illness base on my experience. It is not the day to day anxiety of: for example; rent is due I don’t have all the money. Not all anxiety are equals.
•Suggestions to help with experiencing anxiety, that has help me and many others I know.
#1. Take your medication daily as prescribe, even on days you feel okay.
#2. Breathe – we forget to breathe. We have to learn to take that deep breath. Closing eyes helps, deep through your nose, out slowly through the mouth.
#3. Change the scenery if possible. By using spa music, free apps for sounds of nature, ex.. the sea, the rain.
#4. Write about how you feel if possible.
#5. Go for a long walk. Even if you don’t feel like doing it, if possible
#6. Exercise. Exercise has proven to help anxiety and improve your mood. If you can’t get the gym. Do simple exercises, wherever you are: even if it’s a small space.
Exercises that requires concentration and focus works best in small spaces:
*planks until muscle failure,
*wall sitting until muscle failure
*In place lunges
*dip sets; to make it more challenging, hold one leg up and alternate.
Those exercises, I find helps, because it forces you to concentrate, and forces your brain to not drag you to another place.
It’s almost like using your energy and put it somewhere else.
I’m not a fitness instructor or any licensing person.
I’m sharing what has help me in my journey because my I find many on the road with me.
I’m providing encouragement and providing a support system.
Please, please, complete these exercises as your limitations allows you. There’s always modification for the exercises to prevent straining your muscles and injuries.
If you are not familiar with any of these exercises and how to properly do them. Either google or YouTube. Rule of thumb: It’s always better to do 1 good in proper form than do 100 in bad form.