This winter I'm having a lot of low-level anxiety. What methods have you found helpful in dealing with anxiety day-to-day? Any and all anxiety dragon fighting techniques appreciated.
This winter and last winter I feel anxious a lot of the time about things that do not normally make me anxious. My partner is also out of town for a few weeks so I'm lonelier than usual. I think this has something to do with low light levels and I'm going to take some Vitamin D and maybe fish oil supplements to see if that helps.
I was super anxious about Christmas and family, but now Christmas is over and it actually went really well so I guess my anxiety was unfounded :)
I feel pretty confident that I'm going to be happier when the winter ends and I'm doing pretty well with identifying my feelings ("oh I see I am just being anxious about that but it is actually okay.")
Some things I'm finding helpful
- using anxiety as a motivator to do things (my house is a mess? THEN I WILL CLEAN IT JUST FOR TEN MINUTES OH LOOK IT IS CLEANER)
- getting out of the house and seeing people -- I see friends most days
- playing music or reading or cooking or cleaning -- basically doing almost any activity helps
- spending time in the room with sunlight instead of the dark room
It still sucks to have this small anxiety monster following me around, though.
I think I'm also a bit more socially anxious than usual, but I'm ignoring that and just spending time with people as usual because being by myself for too long drives me nuts.
What things do you do to make yourself less anxious?