Monday, 4 May 2015

Stress And Anxiety

I'm just going to say before I start this post that I'm not qualified in psychology or whatever but it's just a topic that I wanted to cover, stress and anxiety, which is something that I feel really affects me so I'm just going to go through how I deal with it.

Stress and anxiety are two subjects that are very significant on their own but they really tie in together for the most part. When I feel stressed or anxious, particularly over a stretched space of time, I get horrendous skin breakouts and that's actually when I start to realise that I need to take a step back and chill. A pamper evening is most definitely in order when this happens; I get a face mask to calm my skin, catch up on YouTube and maybe stick a vinyl on my turntable. 

I feel like it really weighs me down when I start stressing or worrying about something, it sticks in my chest and it just feels unbearable. I usually get anxious about other peoples perceptions of me and what I'm doing, I try to take on too much to prove myself and it makes me panic. To come back down from that I need people to tell me that I'm taking on too much or I just feel like I'm not doing things properly and I keep stressing. When I was younger I didn't really get stressed, anxious or nervous about anything unless I was flying or being pushed into a situation I was uncomfortable with, my friends always used to say I was the laid back one.

Over-eating or under-eating are things you really want to avoid, though, it is incredibly common for someone with anxiety to binge eat as a nervous habit or feel sickly enough to skip meals. My advice? Don't, just make sure you have something on your stomach and it may even make you feel better than you were previously. In the past I have skipped meals out of that sickly feeling but on the opposite end of the spectrum I've just sat and ate junk food and binged out. It's unhealthy and it will contribute to any stress related breakouts, it's more hassle than it's worth.

The main thing that helps my anxiety is sitting down and talking to people about what's concerning me, I'm just not exactly forthcoming about how I feel at first. When someone helps me break down a situation it just really gives me a boost and that feeling in my chest starts to get lighter, it's something that really helps. 

I'd be interested in hearing about how everyone else deals with stress and anxiety, I'm also here to talk if anyone feels like they need someone to just break things down. My contact details are in my 'Contact Me' page. Thanks for reading, I hope this has been helpful!


  1. Thank you for posting this. I have struggled with anxiety for many years. I get the heavy feeling in my chest and I build barriers around myself , making me be very difficult to be around at times. I do find that blogging is helping me focus to not spiral into some sort of depression and of course talking to those who understand you is priceless. My anxiety hardly ever manifests itself as a sickly feeling, until this week - you have just helped me recognise that I'm probably overdue a chat with my nearest and dearest xx

    1. I'm very glad I could help, I find that it's always a good idea to talk things through and come to some realisation that we're being illogical. Even if you just blog about your issues it works as an output for all of the negativity, I am the sort of person that keeps things bottled up so I know how difficult it can be. I'm always here to talk if you need someone away from the situation. Xx