Hacks for Anxiety You Need to Know
Everyone can agree that anxiety sucks and knowing about everyone’s secret hacks can end up being a game changer.
Hacks for anxiety are something to be shared in the mental health community; because you just never know who may need them.
I feel like it’s a pretty important topic.
and the very least I can do as an anxiety warrior and blogger myself, is to start sharing my tricks I have learned throughout the years that i have become more aware of.
Its what works best for me in managing my everyday anxiety, and i want to share them with you too.
Let’s be honest here that sometimes it gets out of control, right?!
Life can be overwhelming with all of the demands that come at us on a daily.
That is why having some life hacks for anxiety can really help!
Sometimes the little things we deal with in life get blown up to be made a big deal because there are so many little things taking over that it literally begins to deplete you mentally!
Ugh those days are draining my friend, I feel you.
Sometimes it seems impossible and you don’t know where to start in getting it under control, so here in this post there are 5 hacks you can start doing today to help relieve anxiety. These can tremendously help in reducing those anxious feelings (when honestly your just trying to relax at home).
Not like that long ol’ list of 50 healthy habits I gave you before! 😉
First thing is first,
1. Organize the piles of paperwork taking over the counter to get some mental clarity.
I am totally preaching to the choir here because I HATE going through paperwork and it seems to build up so quickly with mail, work stuff, and kids being in school and all that Jazz.
I get that it can be time consuming.
So here is what I do:
Make a place for all of your important paperwork, first of all.
Then, begin throwing away all of the outdated flyers, deadlines, and I begin to open all mail that’s been unopened and throw away all of the envelopes and extra papers and ads (you don’t ever use anyways).
Make a file pile for important stuff and kids school work, a shred pile, and a receipt pile which usually goes in a bin of it’s own.
From there, I put everything where it goes accordingly and BOOM it’s done. Here is some counter top organization inspiration for all of you go-getters! This is one of my favorite anxiety hacks because i always feel less anxious when i take them on.
Its so much easier to focus when i don’t have overwhelming paperwork everywhere. We’ve all been there and the majority of us are there, so no judgement! 👊
2. Clean out old bathroom products to feel less overwhelmed with options.
It seems simple and you might just say, oh I have don’t that recently. But have you reaaaaallly cleaned out?
I personally used to have a hard time with this one because I hate throwing out products I paid money for when there is still some or all left!
I started doing this last year and it reduced my clutter and crap taking over my bathroom immensely, and I didn’t realize how anxious it was really make me while getting ready every day.
So, what I started to do was check the throw-out date on all of my bath, body, and beauty products.
Yes, most bath and body products will tell you how long to keep until it’s time to throw out!
Look for this little dealio on the back of every product and it should tell you how long you can keep it for before it’s considered garbage.
I didn’t even realize that it was there before and considering all of the chemicals that most of them have I figured it was probably a smart choice!
So if you haven’t already start throwing away old products that you haven’t used in a long while, start now!
3. Drink enough water to help your body maintain a healthy ph balance.
This is probably the easiest and most doable one, which is why I put it directly in the middle!😉
But i cant stress this one enough.
it sounds so simple, but truth is a lot of us are not drinking enough water every day!
They say to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water every single day!
Not gonna lie.. that’s a struggle for me most days.
But, I can tell you from experience that when I do follow along and keep track, I feel SO much better.
It’s amazing what being slightly dehydrated can do to your anxiety let alone your body itself!
So, if your reading this right now I encourage you to go chug 8 ounces as quickly as you can!
(That’s what I do when I like a little challenge!) 😉
Set a timer for every hour on your phone and instead of disciplining yourself to take drinks throughout the day, every time your time goes off chug 8 ounces!
You will be to your goal in no time!
4. Purge the Fridge and let go of what you aren’t even using
I know some of you mamas are amazing at cleaning out your fridge and freezer often but for some of us, that’s like the very last thing on our mind.
So, what I do, is every month (every two months realistically) I go through all of the bottles of condiments and everything that’s gotten pushed to the back, and I throw away everything outdated.
Surprisingly, a lot of condiments don’t last as long as you think they would!
Then, I also throw away anything in the freezer that’s been opened and not used again in awhile.
For instance- the garlic chicken frozen dinner from Costco, .. sometimes we don’t make it all at once but there’s a little left that we hang onto in hopes to use again..and then we never end up actually making it.
Yet, it keeps getting stuffed to the side.. yea we have a lot of those kinds of things in our deep freezer, too 🙄
I ended up throwing out a garbage bag of outdated, freezer burnt, and old food last month! Amazing what checking the dates can do for saving space, right?! Hacks like these help with anxiety because if you are like me, stuff around physically really overwhelms me.
5. Match your sock basket so everyone can stop asking you for socks.
A basket full of socks?? Who Am I kidding? None of us have those in our homes right??? Wrrong! Well, I do anyways.. and it’s like always super full.. and I never have the time or mental energy to match them all.
This whole motherhood thing gets pretty fricken’ tiring if you ask me! And folding socks are the last thing I ever want to do..
and watching TV doesn’t help.. because I would rather just relax and.. watch TV.
But, taking the time to finally get down to it takes a lot of courage so i encourage you to keep going!
What I do is when I can’t find a match and it’s been lonesome for more than a few months, I throw it away..
That basket gets overwhelming for us sometimes and we don’t even realize it.. and yes, it creates irritation for the whole entire family when no one can find a darn pair of socks to wear for the day and they are in a hurry!
For some reason us mamas are always to blame… ugh.. save yourself! Lol
6. Schedule your appointments in your schedule book earlier than they are so you stop being late
This is one of those hacks for anxiety that i just recently acquired along this journey; and it really does help me. Its completely changed the game for me because i really have been a late lass. If you have known me or any amount of time you will know that i have always been struggling to be on time.
I am not sure why or if its in my blood, or what. But, all i can do is try my best to work with it.
So what i do is set my alarm on my phone for every appointment and i write in the title the time of the appointment; and i lie to myself. No really, i do. And every time, just about, i fall for it. lol
Most of the time i give myself about 2o extra minutes so if i have an appointment at 10 i tell myself and my calendars that its at 9:30.
Try it, see if it helps you:)
I saved my favorite for last…
7. The ultimate hack for anxiety: Do some yoga.
A few years ago i took a beginners yoga class at a local gym and i really enjoyed it. I learned so much about my body, about breathing, and what a true stretch actually feels like. I’m thankful for the things i learned the, because they have really helped me move forward to now.
I have since then, incorporated several stretches in my everyday routine that i believe help me.
There are so many free resources out there just by doing a quick google search. You can find videos, written tutorials, and all kinds of blog posts written by other people who have documented what has worked for them. My most favorite yoga stretches that i use just about every single day are:
Beautiful images from forteyoga.com
- Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose)
- Padangusthasana (Big Toe Pose)
- Bitilasana (Cow Pose)
- Uttana Shishosana (Extended Puppy Pose)
- Sukhasana (Easy Pose)
Are you relieved a little now??
I hope so😉
So, what do you think??
Do you think my 7 hacks for anxiety could be helpful for you? I sure hope so!
Mama in Grace