When anxiety sets in our mind, the present loses its meaning and the future fills with impossibilities. By taking care of ourselves, we can manage to reduce this anguish that devours everything. For that, we must feed on what we deserve when we need it.
An anxious mind is only chaos and disorder. It extinguishes our potential and often places us in a state of fragility and absolute anguish. To take control and reduce its impact, we can find the strategy that best suits our personal characteristics. However, there is one approach that always works: take care of us. It’s about listening to ourselves, feeding ourselves and taking care of ourselves as we deserve.
Being prisoners of a mental state in which only concerns exist is very tiring. And paradoxically, the more tired we are, the more our brain has consumed resources and energy, the more we will have difficulty resting. Because sleep does not always include exhaustion. Sleep is when inner calm is reached when thoughts are silent.
It is not easy to live with anxiety as a partner. However, we do it while this disorder can be treated. In fact, the data we have on the impact of these psychological realities states that only 35% of people with this disorder seek help.
Some people live permanently with an anxious mind. They see their quality of life decrease, they lose their present potential, they fill their future with anxieties and they end up putting their health at risk. Let’s find out what this strategy is that we should all apply to every day.
Caring for oneself is not self-indulgence, it is a commitment to oneself
In a demanding world filled with uncertainty and demanding so much of us, it is essential to take care of yourself. It should be noted that this concept is often confused with other concepts.
During the 1980s, health professionals spoke for the first time about the importance of living healthy lifestyles to reduce the impact of stress and anxiety. But at that time, the advertising industry did not hesitate to seize this term. For this reason, the market is filling very quickly with ranges of products intended to ” take care of us “.
For a long time, therefore, the need to “take care of oneself” has been associated with the bathroom, creams, shampoos, and even food products for our well-being.
For this reason, in psychology, it is necessary to promote the basis of good personal care. To take care of oneself supposes to use strategies that are based precisely (and scientifically) on the objective of this concept.
What does personal care really mean?
- Taking care of yourself is more than just pampering yourself. It is putting into practice behaviours that help us reduce our discomfort, contradiction, fear, stress …
- Personal care is calm. This amounts to reaching the internal balance, allowing to recharge the batteries, and not to empty them
- To calm the anxious mind, it is necessary to apply a plan of daily personal care. It’s a rather simple thing that many of us do not apply. Well-being and attention require a series of activities and processes that must be carried out every day. Initiating a routine and forgetting it the following week is not enough. Well-being requires commitment.
As a study conducted at Queen’s University Kingston, Canada, shows, personal care is a set of activities in which an individual is involved daily throughout his or her life. Taking care of yourself generates changes and allows us to prevent multiple diseases.
Anxious Mind: 4 keys of personal care to control it
Pessimism, excessive preoccupation, the feeling of loss of control, psychological exhaustion … The anatomy of the anxious mind may differ from one individual to another, but these symptoms are the most common.
Before resorting to pharmacological substances or saying “we are this way and that’s it”, it is worthwhile to look at these few strategies. Indeed, the keys derived from the practice of daily personal care can help us.
Your safe place to calm the anxious mind
A safe space is a place, a corner, a bench, a place under a tree, on a sofa or in front of a window, which reassures us. It’s a comfort zone where we can go twice a day for 15 to 20 minutes. Meanwhile, we can ask ourselves personally and ask ourselves how we are doing.
This safe space will allow us to enjoy a space of solitude during which to generate a positive and friendly internal dialogue with ourselves. We will analyze our concerns to convince ourselves that everything will be fine. We will relieve our anxieties and rationalize our fears.
Programming moments of happiness
Happiness translates into well-being and satisfaction. To be happy is to be in harmony with oneself and not wanting anything. To calm the anxious mind, we must “program” certain activities that will generate in us this type of sensations. On a day-to-day basis, it is essential that we enjoy an hour or two to distract, rest and encourage our brains.
We just have to do something we like. Something that is in harmony with our passions and our personality. Take a walk, take a class, listen to music, go out with friends, etc.
Some ways of relief
Anxiety also requires ways of relieving to release all accumulated energies and tensions. It is therefore ideal to practice yoga, mindfulness, a sport that we like or why not an artistic discipline.
Investment in health
Personal care is also health. We must commit ourselves firmly to it. We must, therefore, pay attention to what we eat, how we eat, the habits we have. This will allow us to improve our well-being. You have to make a plan and stick to it.
Health is also prevention. We must listen to our body and mind. Let’s not put aside this physical discomfort or this concern. Give him an answer today or seek the help of a professional. What is ignored can get worse, let’s be aware of it. Living with an anxious mind is not living, it is limiting us to exist in “survival mode”.