Other important tools when it comes to managing anxiety for me are therapy, fresh air, and talking about it openly.
I’m a big proponent of therapy and I urge everyone to try it, yes, even those who don’t think they need it – because chances are, you do! Therapy has given me the tools to deal with my anxiety, but also to help navigate situations that lead to stress. I think we have a tendency to be very critical of ourselves, but therapy allows us to explore why we do that and how we can think into doing it in the future. It’s provided me with a better sense of self and how I cope, which has empowered me to take care of myself with a more mindful approach. You work out to take care of your physical well-being, so why not take care of your mental well-being?
I live in a small studio in NYC, and like most New Yorkers, don’t get fresh air as much as I would like to. Every day, even if just for 30 minutes, I try to go for a walk with the intention of clearing my mind. I leave expectations for steps at home and throw on a podcast to reset and recharge.
I am very open about my mental wellness because I think it’s so important to normalize prioritizing care for your body and brain. There is an unfortunate stigma around mental health and the treatment methods, but wellness shots are an easy, all-natural product to add to your routine. It’s like a serum or SPF, and when used regularly it increases the effectiveness.
This is my individual journey with anxiety and how I cope and I think it’s really important to be candid about our individual experiences in order to empower others to confidently navigate their own.