How Anxiety Changes Your Life

As you guys know I have anxiety and recently I’ve been thinking about it a lot. Especially how it changes the little things in your life that you wouldn’t even think it would effect. So I decided to write a post about it and share my experiences with you guys. If you suffer from anxiety or any other mental health disorders feel free to write about your experiences in the comments below and about how it has changed your life.
It exhausts you- It can be very exhausting to constantly feel anxious and stressful all the time. Anxiety has a way of sipping the energy out of you. You may feel like you want to go out less, be around people less or you may not even want to do anything at all because everything makes you anxious.
You stop enjoying things- The things that you love stop bringing you joy and start to make you feel anxious over time. Sometimes it becomes easier to stop doing what you love then to try to get the energy to do them and work through the anxiety.
Your routine changes- As anxiety becomes a constant in your life you learn to live with it and change your routine the best you can so that you can live your life without letting anxiety get in your way too much.
The little things- What really annoyed me about anxiety and still kind of does is how it effects the little things in your life. Something as small as posting a picture online or replying to an email can become an anxiety inducing task and can become very frustrating.
There are a lot of ways in which anxiety changes your life apart from the ones I listed above as well. However, I want anyone reading this to know that having anxiety or a mental health disorder is not the end of the world. Over time you learn how to adjust and live your best life despite the disorder. If you are having trouble with your mental health and feel that you can’t deal with it on your own please seek medical help either in person or online if you can not currently get in person help. It can be extremely beneficial to talk to a professional.
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5 Ways To Feel More Positive

Be grateful- It’s always a good idea to start and end the day by being grateful for everything you have. I know a lot of times it’s difficult to be grateful or it may feel like you have nothing to be grateful for but these times are when you need to be grateful the most. It can be something as small as your pet or having a roof over your head or having a meal.
Be thankful- it’s also a good idea to be thankful for all the amazing things in your life. Again when you’re feeling down it may seem like you don’t have much to be thankful for but keeping a jar can help. All you have to do is get a jar and everytime something good happens write it down on a small piece of paper and put it into the jar and when you’re feeling down open up the jar and read these and be thankful for them. This is just one idea there are multiple things like this you can find online and you can make it into a fun little project!
Read/listen to positive things- negative things can make you feel negative and being around positive things can make you feel more positive. Instead of watching stuff, reading things, listening to things that are negative watch/read/listen to positive things. You can read inspirational/motivational books or listen to positive music/books and you can look through positive quotes online. This really helps improve your mood!
Smile- I hate being told to smile because duh but sometimes smiling helps! Studies show that smiling even when you’re not feeling great can help improve your mood so give it a try!
Talk to people you care about- sometimes talking to friends or family members can really help make you feel more positive so find someone to talk to and have a good chat with them! It might make you feel a lot better!
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CBD Oil For Anxiety (Review)

I tried using CBD oil for my anxiety when I came to Canada. Here are my thoughts about how it worked for my mental health. Just a heads up these are my thoughts and how my body/brain reacted to the hemp oil so it may be subjective.

Pros

Highly reduces anxiety- I noticed a huge decrease in anxiety as soon as I began taking the oil. It was significantly less and after about a week my anxiety was almost completely gone especially my social anxiety. Like I remember the first time I was sitting there having a conversation laughing and not being anxious- it was an amazing feeling.
Better sleep- It definitely highly improved my sleep. Like I could tell from day one. I went to sleep so much faster and I was completely out. Like there was so much noise going on in the house and I was still totally out which is crazy because I’m an extremely light sleeper.
Elevated mood- Like I said it makes me super happy and friendly and I laugh so much. It just makes me feel so light and happy I love that feeling. As you guys know I do suffer from depression but have not had any depressive episodes while taking CBD oil regularly.
Better concentration– I generally have good concentration but this made it even better. I was much less distracted and my concentration was really good plus things were just really clicking in my brain.
More energy- I felt so much more energetic almost instantly. I’m usually the polar opposite of energetic especially in the morning. If someone were to describe me the word sloth-like would come up multiple times. But this oil makes me so energetic and ready to do stuff- yes even in the morning…

Cons

Increased metabolism- It makes me digest food faster so I end up eating a lot more food. I haven’t gained weight due to it so far so maybe I’m burning it off with all the energy.
Slight anxiety sometimes- I still get anxious once in a blue moon or if there is something that’s triggering. I understand that CBD oil isn’t a magic cure though  so personally I would rather have almost no anxiety and not have to take medication.
Dry mouth- For the first few days I took it I woke up with my mouth kind of dry and it was kind of dry throughout the day but over time my body seems to have gotten used to it.
Vivid dreams- Unlike hemp oil it did not give me any nightmares. It does however give me super realistic vivid dreams which are actually kind of fun to be honest. I love dreams and thinking of them when I wake up so this is like a fun activity for me but I know it can be a bit annoying for people so I listed it as a con.

Final Thoughts

I love CBD oil at the moment and personally for me it has helped in a huge way for my anxiety, insomnia and depression. I want to add however that it isn’t some sort of magic cure a lot of people seem to make it out to be. Everyone’s body reacts differently and it may not work for everyone. I would recommend doing your own research before trying it out and trying a very low dose first.
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Trying Hemp Oil For Anxiety (Review)

So I tried using hemp oil for my anxiety when I was back in Kenya and tried it once more when I came to Canada. Here are my thoughts about hemp oil for anxiety/insomnia. Just a heads up these are my thoughts and how my body/brain reacted to the hemp oil so it may be subjective.

Pros

Reduced anxiety– It definitely did reduce my anxiety. After using it for about 3-5 days I noticed a decrease of anxiety, however, not a complete disappearance of the anxiety though- just a decrease. Even after using it for a few weeks it was only a decrease in the anxiety.
Better sleep– It definitely helped me fall asleep faster and made my sleep deeper which was nice since I’m usually a very light sleeper and have a hard time falling asleep.
Better Concentration- The reduction of anxiety and better sleep also helped improve my concentration which was really helpful.

Cons

Makes me drowsy- If I drank one or two drops more than usual it made me drowsy the whole day. I was also a bit drowsy for one or two hours after waking up which can be annoying.
Weird dreams- I had super vivid dreams, sometimes nightmares, which was fun sometimes but very annoying other times.
Anxiety doesn’t go away completely- Like I said earlier it only kind of reduces anxiety it doesn’t make it go away completely or even significantly. It just kind of decreases it to an extent.

Final Thoughts

I have had anxiety for a while now and it does get pretty bad at certain times so that may be why hemp oil didn’t work for me as much as it does for some people. Maybe if you’re anxiety is not that bad than it would probably do a better job helping to reduce it.
It did help significantly with my insomnia which in turn helped with my anxiety since sleeping better helps reduce my anxiety so if you are suffering from sleeping problems I would recommend trying out hemp oil. But try very little first because it can make you drowsy the whole day if you take too much. I would also recommend taking it like an hour before you sleep instead of in the morning.
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Six Word Story #46

Surrounded by people yet truly alone.
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5 Ways To Prioritize Your Mental Health

Life can get overwhelming but your mental health should be one of your priorities. Here are 5 ways that will help you prioritize your mental health in 2020:
Be selfish- when it comes to your mental health it’s okay to be selfish. It’s okay to take some time out to work on your mental health. So if you ever feel overwhelmed or like your mental health may be deteriorating just remember it’s okay to take some time to work on it even though it may seem selfish.
Make “me” time- make sure you are taking some time out every day for some “me” time. It’s important to take some time to relax and do something you enjoy that helps you relax. Even if it means taking some time to do absolutely nothing.
Learn to say no- It’s okay to say no to people/things when you aren’t feeling so great. If you need some time off and just can’t help it you shouldn’t feel guilty for saying no to someone. Explain to them that you don’t feel up to it and can’t help it and if they care about you they will understand.
Learn your triggers- learn what triggers you so that you can avoid it or at least be prepared for it if you can’t avoid it altogether. Furthermore, try to figure out some calming techniques that help you deal with the triggers.
Seek help- If you are truly feeling overwhelmed and as though you need professional help please seek professional help.
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5 Ways To Beat Your Anxiety

Relaxation techniques– Learning relaxation techniques that work for your is important when it comes to anxiety. Not going to lie not everything that works for others will work for you but some things will so keep trying and you’ll eventually find out what works for you.
Don’t overwhelm yourself– Make sure not to overwhelm yourself because it’s easy to do that sometimes. Take some “me” time and spend some time relaxing so that you don’t end up burning out.
Be prepared- Anxiety sometimes strikes you when you least expect it and it’s good to be prepared. Like I said earlier having a relaxation technique that works for you helps. Knowing your triggers also helps to be better prepared. Reading through inspirational quotes and listening to calming music also helps a lot of people.
Don’t let it stop you– Make sure you don’t let anxiety get the best of you, don’t let it control your life. I know it’s easier said then done but I’ve learnt that working on it everyday and taking baby steps out of your comfort zone really helps eventually take bigger steps.
Seek help– If you feel like you are struggling and need help make sure you get help from a professional. There is nothing wrong with needing help and your mental health should be a priority.
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5 Ways To Reduce Your Anxiety

Be open to change- even though change sucks when you have anxiety you need to know that change is an inevitable part of life and that you can’t do anything without things changing. You just need to learn ways that help you cope with these changes. And honestly once you really accept that change is a way of life it really does help reduce you anxiety.

Accept your anxiety- your anxiety is there and I can tell you it’s not going anywhere. Sure at times you’ll feel much better and at times you’ll feel much worse but it will always be there to some degree lurking in the background. The good news is however that you can take back control and not let it control you. Do what makes you happy even if it does make you anxious at the same time.

Be prepared- From what I’ve been through with anxiety I’ve noticed that it tends to strike when you least expect it. I would definitely recommend being prepared especially if you know it’s going to be a stressful week. Make sure you know some relaxation techniques and also try to talk to someone who helps you calm down like a friend or family member.

Meditation/yoga- Meditation and yoga are really helpful when it comes to reducing anxiety in the long term. Although it takes a while before there is a noticeable decrease in your anxiety over time you’ll see a huge difference in the levels of anxiety you’re experiencing. You’ll be more calm and in control. If yoga isn’t your thing try some other form of physical exercise because it makes a huge difference for a lot of people with anxiety. I’ve also noticed that my mental health gets worse when my physical health suffers and I know a lot of people experience this so keeping your physical health at its best is definitely important for reducing anxiety.

Seek help- If you feel as though your anxiety is getting worse you should consult a professional. They will help you find ways to manage your anxiety in the best way possible that works for you and will give you advice on how to reduce it in the long term.

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Reasons You Shouldn’t Let Your Anxiety Win

I know from personal experience that anxiety and having a mental illness in general can be exhausting and sometimes you just want to give up however here are some reasons you shouldn’t.

Because you deserve the best life- Even though when you have anxiety it may feel like you don’t want to do anything you have to remember that this is just your anxiety talking. Don’t let it stop you from doing what you want and living the best life possible because you deserve it!

You’re bigger than your anxiety– When you have anxiety it feels like it’s taking over your life but always remember you are bigger than your anxiety and you are the one who controls it.

People care about you- It may feel as though you are alone and that no one cares about you but you need to remember that there are people out there who care about you. You should also be your own priority and take care of yourself because you deserve the best!

I truly believe that everyone is bigger than their mental health and it is possible for you to beat your mental illness. If you need to please seek help from a friend, family member or professionals to help you to get better.

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Social Anxiety

Why is everyone staring at me?

Why does everyone hate me?

Do I look weird?

Is there something wrong with me?

I hate this

I hate myself

I just want to go home.

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