Moment of truth
A walking contradiction
Outgoing one minute
Anti-social the next
Filled with anxiety
Unrational thoughts swirling
With a hint of paranoia
Logic seems to run out the door
Sometimes I’m high
Other times I’m low
Can you relate
Or am I just talking about myself
Look into my eyes
Tell me what do you see
It’s been a long time since I’ve been me
That feeling of unease
All due to situations
Can’t leave the house
Forever alone in my mind
Detached from the world
I’m a lost soul
I’m whatever you made me
Let me say no more
an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.
Anxiety seems to be a buzzword on the tip of most tongues, conversations varying from financial worries to social unease. We have mental health to thank for shining a spotlight and bringing awareness to the matter that was once unknown of. Did you know according to Glamour’s recent survey 75% of us felt anxious? Rather than focusing on the triggers, I wanted to share a few ways I personally handle anxiety. Keep in mind we’re all different, some of these activities may not work for you.
Word to Saudi, I could never abracadabra my pain away but Bob Marley said it best, when the music hits you, you feel no pain. The stories revealed to mood-altering instrumentals, an infatuation with music occurred when I was little. Feeling connected and genuinely happy at that moment. When overthinking begins, a distraction is needed, focusing on the voice of the artist tears me away from my swirling thoughts.
If you’re like me a change of scenery is necessary, clear your mind by immersing in nature, take a walk to your local park, garden or forest. Take a friend or put your headphones in and enjoy your own company, whatever you decide, be present and enjoy the moment.
Find a quiet space, light some incense, and create an environment of calm and serenity. Clear your mind and focus completely on breathing, long deep breaths, in and out. I use Nag Champa incense sticks as the smell instantly transports me to a state of calm, reminding me of prayers and the Gurdwara.
Similar to music it’s a form of escapism, getting lost in another realm. I know when I read I get invested in the story, the characters and the outcome, wanting to know what happens next. That’s why I tend to stray away from tv series as my curiosity wins and I end up binge watching the season.
Letting your thoughts out whether through writing, talking to a friend or participating in a creative activity can be helpful, it feels like a weight has lifted when you actually embrace the emotions. I’m saying this from experience, writing is what helps me, I like writing creative pieces, read my Calm & Collected piece here. Why not become an artist for a day, see what you create and discover, it’s therapeutic.
How do you deal with anxiety?
Until next time, stay blessed and classy,