Self care for anxiety is vital.
I’m going to show you how to make a DIY self care kit for your anxiety.
I think everyone has dealt with anxiety at some point in their lives or have had seasons of stress.
When those times hit, it’s important to have a plan in place or a way to calm your body and mind.
I’ve been in my share of stressful situations and have even dealt with panic attacks at certain times.
It’s definitely no fun and can be scary.
Creating a self care kit for anxiety can take some of the fear out of your stressful situation because you know you have a plan if you’re feeling overwhelmed.
You can actually put some items in a box or just have them available on your nightstand, whatever works best for you.
I’m giving you my recommendations but self care for anxiety is about what works for you so make it your own.
Signs of Anxiety can Include:
- Worrying all day long
- Tense muscles
- Feeling irritated
- Excess sweating
- Feeling lightheaded
- Having irrational fears
Feeling overwhelmed with anxiety and stress can manifest differently for everyone but it’s important to get a handle on your mental health when you are feeling good instead of waiting till you feel stressed.
It’s hard to think clearly when you have anxiety which is why I stress thinking about self-care for anxiety before you feel overwhelmed.
Let’s figure out what to put in your self-care kit for anxiety.
DIY a Self Care Kit for Anxiety
My favorite anxiety supplement
I use a plant-based anxiety supplement during those hard seasons of life and it’s perfect for adding to an anxiety self-care kit.
Anxie-T Supplement is my go-to when I feel overwhelmed or can’t calm my thoughts down.
The formula of plants and herbs used in Anxie-T Supplement really works to relax the nervous system.
Cut the caffeine and add in some tea
Caffeine can overstimulate the nervous system making it even harder to relax and calm down. It’s just a bad idea overall if you are dealing with a stressful situation.
You want to calm the nervous system and using herbal tea such as chamomile tea or lemon balm is a good choice.
I personally love this Bedtime tea because it contains herbs to promote relaxation of the nerves.
Not only do these teas relax the nerves but taking the time to sip on a hot liquid also helps the mind to relax.
Keep a journal handy for anxiety
Don’t underestimate the power of writing things down. When your mind is swarming with possibilities and situations it can help give you clarity.
I keep a journal to jot down things I am thankful for and it helps to remind myself of all the good things I have going on in my life.
When you think about your blessings or meditate on good things it creates happy chemicals in your brain called endorphins which help relax you. Plus they feel awesome.
Smell something different
It’s a proven fact that certain smells can adjust your nervous system and even envoke positive emotions.
Keeping some of these essential oils in your self-care kit for anxiety is a smart idea.
Wondering which oils you should be smelling?
Here are some of my favorite scents that can relax your nerves and stir up happy emotions.
We love Eden’s Garden for our oils because it’s not an MLM company that keeps their prices low and they tested just as well as the expensive brands on purity.
During stressful times you can even diffuse these oils while you sleep.
Warm up your feet
Having cozy feet is so relaxing for me. This may be a comfort only item but I personally always feel more relaxed when I have on big fluffy socks or slippers.
Self care for anxiety sometimes involves just doing something for ourselves that feels good.
Try to keep a pair of fuzzy slippers or socks in your self-care kit for anxiety.
A weighted blanket for anxiety
There are loads of articles proving that weighted blankets actually press on the nerves and cause them to relax, it’s called deep touch pressure.
So although the weighted blanket is comfy, it also scientifically works.
ZonLi Weighted Blankets are high quality and have the weight needed to relax those nerves.
If you struggle with insomnia I also highly recommend a weighted blanket.
They may be a little pricey but I personally think it’s a great investment in your mental health because the reviews and studies are so positive.
Deep breathing and meditation
When you take time to breathe deep and slow, it actually sends signals to your brain that you are safe.
This technique is something you can so virtually anywhere, even in your car before you enter a store or someone’s house.
Once you take time to learn how to deep breath and focus on your breath it becomes second nature when you are stressed.
There are many apps that will guide you into deep breathing and some even have a timer to help you get started.
Control those fearful thoughts
Learning to control your anxious or fearful thoughts will bring the most help of anything I can suggest.
You can actually rewire your brain and force it to think about positive joyful moments, daydream about good things happening and use your thoughts to help your life.
It does take some intention and practice to change your thoughts.
I’m so passionate about this I actually created this series of ways to improve your mental health and walk you through how to control your thoughts.
You have to be intentional about changing the way you think and if you are…you can start creating happy hormones.
Happiness is just a few thoughts away…seriously.
Let us know what’s in your self-care for anxiety kit and what’s working for you during stressful times.