Let’s Talk About Anxiety (PLUS a Giveaway!) // ENDED
*winners have been contacted 🙂
I’m not going to pretend that I have a full-blown anxiety disorder, but I’ll be honest with you: I’ve found myself struggling with anxiety at different intervals since about 2014. It’s not constant, but when it flairs up, it’s awful.
The first time I experienced anxiety beyond just normal stress was right before we left France to fly back home to Florida back in April of 2014. I was having trouble sleeping the night before we left and my mind started wandering to how stressful the trip was going to be (we each had 2 huge suitcases, we had an unexpected overnight layover in Berlin where we had to get our luggage, then we had to fly back through London AND Miami before finally arriving in Tampa. It was going to be a LONG trip). All of that stress built up and I ended up having what I now realize was a panic attack.
And I feel silly for even getting so worked up over something so minor like a freaking trip which we’ve done plenty of times, but alas, that’s what happened.
I’ve learned to manage it and live with it when it flairs up with different things like meditation, being outside, organizing my to-do’s and having realistic timelines for accomplishing them, writing, thinking out loud to trusted friends and family, etc.
So I was SUPER excited when a fellow Bad Yogi, Caroline Foran, wrote her very own book about managing anxiety called Owning It: Your Bullsh*t Free Guide to Living With Anxiety.
I thought it was super great and wanted to share the love with a little giveaway! She’s offered to gift 2 copies to her fellow Bad Yogis and all you havr to do to enter to win is:
– Comment below with your own experience IF YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE, or simply tell me your favorite way to de-stress. Either way, you’ll be entered to win 🙂
I’ll contact two winners by Wednesday June 2, 2017.
JennyMay 26, 2017 at 7:06 am
I get a little anxious/overwhelmed/wth/grrr feeling on Sunday nights. That is when I really look at the calendar for the week ahead. I feel so much better after I pack lunches, check book bags and clean one bathroom (silly but it helps). After those things are done, I can lay on the floor and stretch while my family relaxes in front of the tv.
I love the title of this book😎
HeatherMay 26, 2017 at 8:41 am
This book looks so good!! I think I got off pretty lucky not experiencing much anxiety until I had my two children and began working full-time outside the home. For awhile, everything felt rushed and busy and I was always thinking about what COULD go wrong, or what could happen if I wasn’t there or on top of things. My husband was really helpful during this time because he likes to think about all the things that go RIGHT instead of WRONG and framing things in this light really helped me. If I am feeling overly anxious or stressed out about something I have three things I turn to: a good conversation with a loved one, exercise like running, yoga, or cardio, and a good night’s sleep. A bath helps sometimes too 🙂
AshleyMay 26, 2017 at 8:56 am
I’ve recently started therapy for my anxiety. One new thing I learned to help me is to use part of my job to help calm my mind.
I described my anxiety as a ball of light that’s constantly changing colors that I have little control over. I work in the lighting industry and one of my products controls light. The idea is to use my product to help change the ball of light I visualize to one color. It’s actually helped a bit but I’m still learning, I guess it’s like another form of meditation. Healing takes time, that’s the biggest lesson for me.
TeddyMay 26, 2017 at 11:19 am
My favourite way to de-stress is of course, yoga and meditation. Plus some chocolate 😀
BeckaMay 26, 2017 at 11:34 am
I’ve had a few instances of full blown panic attacks, but I mostly deal with a low-level constant state of anxiety. I’ve learned to live with it and found running and yoga help. Both seem to make my mind turn off for a little while anyway. I’d love to read this book, and then pass it on to my sister who has very bad anxiety, she’s on meds and all that. <3
TinaMay 26, 2017 at 2:29 pm
I’ve been very anxious the past 2 years as well. It started due to stress over grades and studying at university and some family problems. Lately, I’ve been working very hard on trying not to worry about little things that don’t really matter in a long run (or even in two days). I do yoga, watch a series or hang out with friends. But I would love to get some more tips! 🙂
AmberMay 26, 2017 at 3:07 pm
I’ve struggled with anxiety my entire life, but I only started seeing a therapist last summer. The transformation has been incredible. Even just talking my issues out with a neutral person has helped a TON! Lately, I’ve been feeling more and more like myself, and I love it.
HollyMay 26, 2017 at 3:08 pm
I’ve had social anxiety pretty much my whole life, and kind of low-level generalized anxiety that occasionally ramps up to want-to-hide-in-my-bed anxiety when I’m really stressed for about the past 8 years or so. Sleep is a lifesaver! I’m much calmer and less stressed when I’ve had enough sleep. And yoga always helps, of course. 🙂
Dawn SweeneyMay 26, 2017 at 3:30 pm
I suffer with it so much. I hardly leave my home. I learned classes of yoga and to teach online so I don’t leave the comfort of home. Sad. I am better than a few years ago. I practice outside, try to talk to people at the store, . Not sure how I ended up like this but glad I saw Erin ‘s challenge in 2014. She’s grown so much since then. I hope to expand my practice as well.
The anxious oneMay 26, 2017 at 3:32 pm
I’ve been struggling with anxiety my whole life. Everything makes me anxious. From the little things like talking to someone, going into a store, calling someone or making appointments….to the big stuff like interviews, tests, and big decisions. I started gaining control over the day to day little things that gave me bad anxiety with guided meditations and yoga…but after starting a new extremely intense and stressful job (And this is just training) I’ve fallen off the wagon again. Luckily I’m not coping with food, drugs, or alcohol….but I become a depressed hermit and don’t even want to move when I have attacks. It sucks. Slowly trying to ease back into regular meditation and yoga…so hard. 🙁
BrandiMay 26, 2017 at 3:33 pm
Favorite way to de-stress and cope with anxiety… Restorative yoga.
CaitlinMay 26, 2017 at 3:35 pm
My anxiety got really bad when I entered my current grad program because of the stress and my toxic co-grad students. With therapy and medication, I’m doing so much better. When I’m anxious I love to go on a brisk walk or do a long stretchy/yummy yoga practice 🙂
JennMay 26, 2017 at 3:35 pm
I developed pretty severe anxiety and social anxiety about two years. I had to take medication for about six months while I learned healthier focuses for my thoughts. It’s something that requires work almost daily, but the work is well worth it! My favorite way to destress, aside from meditation, is a nice, long bath with a good book!
KirstyMay 26, 2017 at 3:37 pm
My favourite way to de-stress is to curl up on the sofa with my guinea pig and watch some soaps or a box set. Nothing quite like a furry companion to calm you down! 😊
BeckyMay 26, 2017 at 3:39 pm
After a terrible accident when I was in my 20’s, I began suffering from horrible panic attacks. It was so bad that I was unable to even walk into a store. I would make it about 10 feet in and feel like I was going to pass out from my racing heart and have to run out. I also couldn’t drive my car on the freeway. Going to work was torture, I practically had to run from the door to my cubicle because I would start feeling lightheaded and was worried I would pass out. I always had to be somewhere near an immediate exit or I would become dizzy, have shortness of breath, racing heart, basically would feel like I was about to have a heart attack. This went on for years and was devastating. I was able to work through it a bit from a therapist, however I still suffer from every day generalized anxiety disorder. I occasionally can feel a panic attack begin, and I am able to usually stop it before it becomes full blown with different techniques. However sometimes I am unable to, and in that case I have to take a Xanax to bring myself back down. It’s not ideal, but it’s my only saving grace at this point. Anxiety sucks, and I don’t think I will ever be someone who does not suffer from it in some way or another, so all I can do it work through it as best as I can.
RandiMay 26, 2017 at 3:40 pm
Long walks on the beach. But seriously, getting a little movement in usually helps. I need other strategies because sometimes it’s not possible to walk away for an hour!
MetteMay 26, 2017 at 3:40 pm
Over the past few years I’ve come to suspect that I’ve had some form of anxiety issue for most of my life. For years I’ve thought of my problems as something I caused myself, and thought I was just whining with no good reason. But when I left a birthday party in tears after having trouble focusing and breathing and just being present the entire evening, after an incident that should have been no big deal I figured this was maybe a bit more than that. Where I’m from any kind of health issue is dealt with by being told to ‘suck it up’. While this has built some kind of strength and endurance in me, I now realise how much happier I could have been if my problems had been acknowledged and handled properly. Looking into helping myself these days, and yoga has definitely been a winner for me. Meditation and movement is fantastic to make my body feel good (feeling bad, tense, and uncomfortable is a major part of anxiety for me) and to help deal with overthinking. I still don’t know if I actually have anxiety, but I’m trying to educate myself on the subject, because even if I don’t, as a teacher it is so important to me to be able to help the kids that do.
Steph S.May 26, 2017 at 3:47 pm
My anxiety kicks in when I’m in unfamiliar situations (driving to a new place, etc). Sometimes it’s worse than others, but it’s never fun. Yoga is a great de-stressor for me, and concentrating on my breath can help ground me in stressful situations.
Jenna GraceMay 26, 2017 at 3:50 pm
I never experienced anxiety until the day I found out I was pregnant. It was like the world stopped and I was certain I would fail. When baby was born, it turned UGLY. My eyes had no life in them. I couldn’t sleep but I was exhausted. It took color therapy, vitamin overload, meditation, and sleep before I began the upward swing. The #1 thing that helped soften my anxiety was talking openly with other people who were going through the same thing.
LisaMay 26, 2017 at 3:53 pm
About two years ago I went to the ER thinking I was having a heart attack. Of course I wasn’t and the doctor asked if I was under more stress then usual. My answer was no. At a follow-up with my primary physician I asked if it could be anxiety. She said yes and I started bawling, right there on the exam table! looking back I’m appalled that all she did was prescribe some meds. No asking if I had a history of it or current life issues. I did a ton of reasearch and figured out I had rolling pancakes attacks the day I went to the ER. Even though I told the ER I was not stressed I was kidding myself. Balancing a tough month at my career and mothering two kids 5 and under, plus other things is stressful. It was a tough summer and I began to feel myself right before I was about to schedule therapy. I never took meds but read a lot about CBT. I still struggle with it from time to time but can now see the symptoms and try to chill out before it escalates. Exercising and reading romance novels really help me to escape and relax. I laugh at myself quit frequently picking up a book with the stereotypical romance novel illustration on the front cover, but I know I can expect a light hearted live story that will have a happy ending.
ErdemMay 26, 2017 at 4:02 pm
The best way to deal with my stress is passing it to my boyfriend lol 😂 I know I am totally selfish doing this but, after passing all of it to him, I feel so relaxed 😊 Now, it is his time to deal with it, so I can relax and do my yoga &
NoeliaMay 26, 2017 at 4:15 pm
Love this giveaway! I haven’t had a panic attack, but I have struggled with anxiety, the last time was 2 weeks ago when we finally moved to our new apartment, when everyone left and all of our things and boxes where in the house I just started crying thinking in everything I will have to do and having to work at the same time just was too much for me at the moment.
Thank you Erin for this space to share our stories.
CaylieMay 26, 2017 at 4:16 pm
I feel like this post couldn’t have come at a better time for me. For the past month I have been struggling with anxiety hard. The worst it has ever been in my life. I was in the ER, and have had more doctor appts in the last 3 weeks than I have had in the last 3 years.
After all the tests, a heart condition has been ruled out, so anxiety is the likely culprit. My doctor prescribed me meds today to take if needed and basically a trial basis. I really do not want to take them…so I’m trying to find all the other ways to ease my anxiety. With time, it’s getting better, but we aren’t 100% yet.
JennaeMay 26, 2017 at 4:23 pm
My anxiety has become steadily worse since I graduated college. “Adulting” has taken its toll on me. Yoga and running help, but usually only when I am actively doing that activity. Spending time with my horse Cody and being at the farm, unplugged from the rest of the world (I leave all electronics in the car), is the best feeling though. The pure love that he gives me is what gets me through every day.
StefaniaMay 26, 2017 at 4:28 pm
I struggle with anxiety, too.
If I can, I try to stop, be conscious of my breathing and then slow it down. Inhale counting to 3, exhale counting to 3. Yoga have been helping a lot in this.
Mindfulness exercises help as well. Or just trying to describe to yourself what you feel, the physical sensation, where it is (usually I feel it on my chest) and so on. As if you were seeing it from outside.
JennMay 26, 2017 at 4:36 pm
I’ve struggled with anxiety for as long as I can remember and have full-blown panic attacks (which thankfully are much more infrequent than they have been in the past). Regular yoga practice and exercise really help me, as well as talk-therapy and mindfulness/focused-breathing exercises.
Jaime MMay 26, 2017 at 4:41 pm
I’ve dealt with anxiety my whole life, but didn’t realize it until a year ago. I had a panic attack when I was on day three of trying Lexapro (my first time taking something for it). I happened to be getting my haircut at the time and I guess my brain was so worked up and I felt so foggy with the new med. My husband was also against taking meds, so that added more stress. I decided to see a therapist this year and try different vitamins/supplements to try to help with my depression/anxiety. Things are slowly starting to feel a little better, especially with mindfulness. I would love to read this book to help me overcome my insecurities about anxiety. Thanks for the chance!
JaclynMay 26, 2017 at 4:43 pm
I’ve been struggling with anxiety since middle school, possibly before! I only recently started feeling more comfortable being open and honest about my constant battles. Although each day and moment are different, the most helpful things for me personally are seeing a therapist weekly, yoga and meditation, sharing my thoughts out loud to trusted people and writing in my gratitude journal. The more I can talk about my struggles and read about others, the more accepting I’ve become…Although there are plenty of days where I desperately wish I didn’t have to deal with such a difficult thing that runs so deep in my family history, I am now able to recognize how much progress I’ve made and how I am still capable of living a fulfilled life. My biggest piece of advice is that if anxiety is affecting the quality of your life, reach out for help and find a therapist. It was definitely the single most important decision in putting me on a healthier, happier path.
Justine benedictMay 26, 2017 at 4:44 pm
I started having bad anxiety when i found out my daughter was and still is an addict. Its been 7 years of pure hell. Ive learned to ” just breathe ” and meditate when life gets rough. Thank god for an amazing husband, family, support groups and working out I am able to somewhat control it. I would love to read the book. I read positive books everyday! I never miss a day of reading books that help me look at the bright side. Love you badyogi!
MireyaMay 26, 2017 at 4:46 pm
Going for a walk, even if short, always helps me gain my breath back. When this is not possible (because of time of day, weather, etc.) I take a mindful shower and imagine everything washes aways.
CaitlinMay 26, 2017 at 4:53 pm
I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety for the better part of my life and I’ve recently started medication to hopefully get things a little under control. Yoga and running also help, but I need to meditate more! I always try to tell myself that I’m not alone and so many other people are going through exactly what I am. It lessens the fears sometimes =)
CarleyMay 26, 2017 at 4:56 pm
Anxiety is a new thing for me brought on by arecent discovery of a fear of blood and needles. This has only developed in the past several years and even talking about it makes me feel like fainting sometimes. My doctor has ordered several blood tests lately which has been a hurdle for me. My coping mechanisms include yoga and meditation (T1W5 – all challenge works in my favour!) and calming breathing. Having my husband hold my hand and show me videos of baby goats doesn’t hurt either 😉
MarieMay 26, 2017 at 4:57 pm
I don’t have much personal experience with anxiety, however I am Head of Year 9 at a girls school and at the moment, so many are going through anxiety, stress, negative thoughts and feelings etc. I am offering yoga classes for those that are keen and working through a range of strategies with them.
My favourite way to de-stress is, of course, Yoga and a really good cardio class at the gym!
Samantha MassonMay 26, 2017 at 5:24 pm
I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder at the age of 5, and have been struggling for years, especially as I’ve grown into adulthood. It’s been a battle between knowing I should be “grown up” and handling things well, and truly struggling with my emotions. But I have the most supportive family and friends around me that never get mad if I need to leave a party early, refuse to answer the phone, or just need a little extra time. As a school teacher I believe it’s also been a blessing. I’ve been able to show my students that even with a mental illness you can live full and happy lives if you take the time to care and love yourself. It’s allowed me to help so many more people just by opening up about my life! I like to de-stress with a good book, yoga, some fiance cuddles, and a cup of tea!
PeggieMay 26, 2017 at 5:25 pm
I’ve had my worst round of anxiety and panic these past few months. It started with grief that basically scared the sh’t out of me it was so strong, that it morphed into anxiety not long after. Trying not to fix it, and battling on despite the anxiety is my route out. I’m not at that stage yet (avoidance is so much easier isn’t it!) but I sense it’s on it’s way. I’ve started my yoga again and being in nature is always a winner. Also at the end of the day I’ve started to write down all of the amazing things that happened that day and the things I am grateful for. This helps me to see that, even on the most anxious of days, there’s many things that are funny, beautiful or kind that prove the day wasn’t so bad after all.
Amy LeonMay 26, 2017 at 5:25 pm
In June of 2011, I was diagnosed with Depression (and anxiety). My father had some health issues and his plan to attend the Nova Scotia International Tattoo in July were thwarted. My mother thought it would be something I would enjoy (and would take my mind off of my illness) so offered a couple of tickets to myself and my daughter. Off we went with my mother and some other family members to see the show. I ended up enjoying the show, and when it ended we were all talking about our favourite parts. Then, the lights came on. EVERYONE stood up and started moving in the Metro Centre. I couldn’t see the exits. I felt trapped. My heart was racing. I. Could. Not. Breathe. In my mind, there was no way I was getting out. I wanted to push everyone out of my way. I was totally willing to walk OVER people to get out. When my brother asked which way we would exit I said “I don’t care, but you need to get us out of here. Right. Now.” Once we were outside I was fine. I could breathe. I can still get like that today. If I can’t “see” my way out, I panic. I know it’s there. I know I will get out, but that feeling is still as intense as it was the first time I experienced it. Thankfully I am much better with my coping skills now 😉
LindaMay 26, 2017 at 5:31 pm
What a great post! Thank you so much for being honest, Erin.
I pretty much lived the perfect life until disease (Ulcerative Colitis) hit me like a train in 2014. It got worse and worse and I put my life on hold – work, friends, my life abroad in Ireland. I moved back in with my parents in Berlin. I returned a few months later to get married to the love of my life. We had a few precious weeks together until UC struck as bad as it had never done before. Long story short, out of the first twelve months of our marriage, I spent 3 in hospital, undergoing emergency surgery four times. I was scared out of my mind for most of the time and could not believe what was happening to me.
Something that did help me in my recovery were your videos, Erin. Even when I was still in the hospital and I could only lie on my back and move my arms and legs very slowly, your videos gave me hope and helped me get back on my feet. So, thank you 🙂
SarahMay 26, 2017 at 5:43 pm
I had never experienced anxiety before this year. Like I was the person who made fun of people who did have anxiety because I didn’t think it was a “real thing”. How often do we make fun of something just because we don’t have an understanding of it? That was full blown me.
Long story short, I let certain people have a negative effect on me and I had a panic attack. Along with other issues, I am prone to having seizures and so sleep is vital for my mind/body. That night I got literally NO rest and was up. The next (like a zombie) I thought there was something seriously wrong with me. Like somehow I was a freak and it was all my fault. I still struggle with this.
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” That is my mantra and I am trying to let it sink in and soak up in my soul.
Along with this being a real, hard life thing, it isn’t a death sentence. It can be an opening to something beautiful a new ONLY if we change our mindset! That’s what I’m striving for.
DevinMay 26, 2017 at 5:47 pm
I have struggled with anxiety as well! I truthfully got a good handle on it this year and have been becoming more open about discussing it with others. What helped me through was an awesome therapist, support from family/friends, and working on strategies at home. That’s what actually led me to bad yogi! I wanted to do yoga for relaxation (and a good work out/ I want to do a head stand one day lol) and I found bad yogi through a friend! To destress I do one of these: exercise (I like running), yoga, meditation, art projects, or taking a break by getting ice cream! 🙂
Ellen De GMay 26, 2017 at 5:51 pm
I had two of my worst panic attacks last summer. The first one was when I had been struggling with an awful bladder infection all day long and it had gotten so much worse when I got home from my internship. I felt awful and alone and it was so bad it scared me and all I could do was cry.
The second was about two months later, the evening before I had to present my thesis. I was superstressed because my professor had already told me that my chances of Passing were really low. I had finally been able to calm down a bit when I went to the bathroom and this huge spider was waiting for me on the wall. I was so startled that my stress came back and I had An awful pannick attack.
Something that really helps me calm down at the end of the day is reading. I started reading 15-30 mins every evening before I go go sleep and it works miracles! It forms a barricade between my day and my sleep and I honestly sleep a lot better. Whenever I don’t read before bed, I usually sleep very restlessly and stuff from my day keeps on creeping in my dreams, usually quite repetitively, which is just awful!
Katie MMay 26, 2017 at 5:59 pm
I struggle with anxiety on a pretty regular basis, and I’ve recently noticed that there are times when it turns to depression. My anxiety can be triggered by just about anything and some things make it worse than others. However, I’ve found a couple (lot) of good ways to deal with it. Of course, there’s yoga. Not just practicing, but diving head-first into my teaching as well. I’ve also found that staying busy helps and I’ve discovered herbs and a syrup called “nervous heart syrup”. It helps with not only the emotional but the physical aspects as well, it literally helps a pounding heart. I make it at home and it tastes delicious! Through my anxiety I have discovered another interest and I love that it’s a natural remedy.
Chelsea HallMay 26, 2017 at 6:00 pm
I used to cope with my anxiety by biting my nails and overeating. Luckily I’ve turned to better methods lately. I always destress with meditation and journaling! I am new to yoga but it’s quickly becoming a huge part of my life. I also love to watch movies that comfort me or read a great book when I’m anxious.
NicoleMay 26, 2017 at 6:06 pm
Senior year of high school I was not able to move my head very far to the left for months, and every semester in college I had a different physical sign of stress (muscles behind my eye twitching…). In college it was sometimes accompanied by chest pain for days or weeks. Thankfully, I have learned to deal with the stress better since, so it is less common andfor shorter periods.
I actually just recently realized I was an anxious person. My realization came from here actaully. I read an article (Yoga for Social Workers) and now it seems so obvious.
MelindaMay 26, 2017 at 6:11 pm
Having PTSD and social anxiety are not easy to live with. But finding yoga and meditation have been a life saver. Essential oils and sound therapy are also helpful. Sleep is absolutely the best thing though! Without sleep I am not able to cope well at all. And treating myself kindly and with gentle compassion too.
ShannonMay 26, 2017 at 6:12 pm
I had my first panic attack when working at a desk job I was miserable at. I had full blown crying without any real direct reason and completely unable to stop. I quit my job that day. I’ve had a few since then and every time is a little different. It’s sometimes hard to tell what’s happening or why. I have anxiety on a daily basis and just try to take it one day at a time. Some days are okay, some are not… Meaning I’m lucky if I can take a shower or wash a dish. My fiance is so patient and encouraging with me, but sometimes I feel like I can’t even be around him. That’s the absolute worst part. 😖 I have an appointment to see a therapist next week and constantly remind myself that none of it is permanent. It can be hard to believe! I find walking is the number one best thing to do. I also have some success with drawing and writing. Thanks for doing this Erin! It’s always helpful to know others go through similar things, especially someone that you really admire and look up to.
Nicole PTMay 26, 2017 at 6:55 pm
Self-care for me includes the things I love – baths, hot herbal tea, painting my nails, crossword puzzles, candles, aromatherapy, nature, my pets, and occasionally…cake. During my panic attacks, I disassociate and tend to leave my body. Anything that stimulates my senses in a pleasant way tends to bring me back to the present.
ZoeMay 26, 2017 at 7:06 pm
Sounds crazy but other than yoga and meditation, going through the car wash is instantly calming for me!
CaitlynMay 26, 2017 at 7:27 pm
At the toughest times in my life, I have needed counseling to help, but generally for low-level anxiety, long walks outside, yoga, and reading are my favorite ways to destress.
SamMay 26, 2017 at 7:36 pm
Sunday nights are the absolute worst! I think of every little thing that I “should have” done over the weekend, plus everything that is happening in the upcoming week. Those awful “should haves” really get to me and promote feelings of guilt and stress.
Yoga has played a life-changing role for me and helped me become aware of my body and how to calm down, relax, and take charge of my life. I’m endlessly telling my high-school students the value of meditation and yoga.
Another, more clinical, treatment has been EMDR therapy. This process helped me untangle past experiences in my brain to help me better-cope with the present and tackle the future.
ToniMay 26, 2017 at 7:53 pm
i experience bad anxiety and I am learning the best thing to do is to accept it and know it will pass. Even though it feels so horrible it will eventually pass. I try to engage in other things to get my mind off of it. To destress I read self help and mystery books, exercise, and take baths.
Brittany SchottMay 26, 2017 at 7:57 pm
I get slight anxiety when something is amiss in my life, especially something I can’t control. It becomes all consuming and gives me a stomach ache all day everyday. Like you, not a full blown anxiety disorder, but definitely affects all aspects of my life when it flairs up. I like to me lists, figure out what I CAN control, take baths, and workout.
Megan VMay 26, 2017 at 7:58 pm
I struggled a lot with anxiety as a young teen, and thought after a decade or so free that it was ok. Not so! Since my 2nd child I’ve struggled with it again and it’s so frustrating…your brain constantly telling you things are wrong and bombarding you with it in a nonstop cycle even if you think of ways to solve it or sometimes even if there is no concrete thought to pin it to, and all of the physical reactions that come with it. I’ve recently started meditating to help, but that seems to be a situational fix.
EmMay 26, 2017 at 8:26 pm
I’ve struggled with anxiety since I was a teenager. It got even worse after my daughter was born. Though I still struggle I found the best things for me are: yoga, meditation, focusing on what I can control and you know wine doesn’t hurt 😊.
KaraMay 26, 2017 at 9:00 pm
I’ve had anxiety for a long time. It ranges from me walking down the hallway and feeling a sudden need to quickly be behind a closed door to running to make my flight and almost not being allowed on because I couldn’t breathe to not being able to invite my friends to do stuff because I’m so worried they’ll say no because they don’t want to see me. I’m trying to do things my brain says no to but sometimes it feels impossible. My grandmama has it too and she and I manifest anxiety in very similar ways. It’s been wonderful to see how my granddaddy has loved her through it and works hard to make sure she is as happy as can be.
JessicaMay 26, 2017 at 9:27 pm
I have been experiencing panic attacks throughout the past year. I thought I could keep it under control but when the littlest things began triggering my panic I knew I had to get help. I began seeing a therapist and doing yoga and meditation daily. I still experience spurts of anxiety but I haven’t burst into tears due to it. I would love to read this book to further help me manage my anxious mind.
Clare BearMay 26, 2017 at 9:27 pm
I never thought I had a problem with anxiety, only depression, but when I started to stop doing things because I was scared and paranoid of other peoples opinion of me, and became confrontational and defensive with friends when I was feeling vulnerable, I realised something else was going on. So I started an 8 week online guided therapy course, and it has been amazing so far. And it was the course that led me, in a round about way, to finding your site, because I wanted to start yoga, but was too anxious to go to an actual studio!
KaitlinMay 26, 2017 at 9:28 pm
Chocolate and yoga 😉
EmilyMay 26, 2017 at 9:30 pm
I love to be with my dogs! Uncoditional love and acceptance during the hard days!
BelindaMay 26, 2017 at 9:53 pm
Anxiety has become my normal. Panic attacks are rare, fortunately, but when my anxiety gets particularly bad it feels like nothing will help. I usually try deep breathing and a quick prayer to calm down. Meditation and yoga can sometimes make it worse, oddly, if I’m in the middle of an anxiety attack or whatever. But if I practice regularly it definitely helps keep my stress and anxiety down in the first place.
Mollie MorrisonMay 26, 2017 at 10:05 pm
I have emetophobia (fear of vomit/vomiting) and have had for as long as I can remember. It sometimes causes insomnia and social anxiety, as well. It was pretty severe (and sometimes still is) until I discovered yoga and exercising. Actually Erin your original DoYouYoga online classes were my first yoga classes 🙂 I could not manage my anxiety without medication if it weren’t for physical wellness!
AlissaMay 26, 2017 at 10:25 pm
I’m pretty sure ice cream and beer are the best ways to de-stress 😉 I have been dealing with bouts of high anxiety for the past 2 years. I have tried sooo many natural remedies to relieve my symptoms but I have found it all comes down to getting in the right mindset. Positive thinking/mindfulness really do wonders. I also have an “anxiety blend” essential oil roll on that I put on when I start to feel anxious, it really helps me!
JackieMay 26, 2017 at 11:22 pm
I’ve delt with anxiety most of my life. Lately though the anxiety and panic attacks have been getting worse and worse. I’ve traced the problem back to when I was 16, at my first job there was a guy who continuously sexual harassed me. I don’t even know if that’s the right term, there was definitely harassment but He also threatened me with rape and then he said “I will kill you and eat your baby.” I don’t know if there’s a name for that besides sick, I don’t know if it even matters. I know some people would say I’m overreacting because he never touched more than my shirt collar but he had me pinned in a corner and I’m sorry but that’s trauma enough for me. 10 years later it has affected every friendship I’ve developed since. I have a hard time trusting people, I can’t do big crowds. I have to have someone I feel safe with with me for most things. I am making progress, I can usually go grocery shopping now with my husband without having a full blown panic attack and my list of “safe” people is growing. I want my life back, I want to be able to deal with every day life like a normal person. I have some anxiety blends of essential oils and an oil defuser necklace I wear. Ujiy (sp?) breathing has proved so valuable to me, and lots and lots of prayer. Thanks for the opportunity with this giveaway, those of us with anxiety can use all the help we can get! 😊
JennieMay 26, 2017 at 11:41 pm
I have struggled with anxiety my whole life and it got a lot worse when I finally took the step to leave my abusive husband. I’ve learned to manage it with yoga, exercise, my diet and hiking! I would love to read this book and hear her perspective.
NicoleMay 27, 2017 at 12:25 am
I have dealt with anxiety ever since I was a little girl. Things like yelling, sound of the wind blowing, gardners, etc. all gave me serious anxiety. Sometimes full blown anxiety attacks will happen just from those sounds. I still suffer from it today.
High stressful situations, loneliness, and pretty much all things that is a symptom of anxiety, I have it. Some days I’ll wake up and the next thing I know I’m having an anxiety attack for no reason. 2 days ago at the office I walked outside and started crying because of the way I was being treated and it had me suffer from a panic attack. Practically a nervous breakdown. I saw a therapist for a year, nothing.
The only thing that helps me is to meditate, pranayama, and yoga. If I don’t practice those 3 things then my anxiety gets worse. I could write a novel on my experience with anxiety over the years, but I’d rather read this book instead.
DeniseMay 27, 2017 at 12:26 am
Stress is a trigger for me, as well. I get really worked about little things and then come to the conclusion that everything will be really bad. Currently I am really anxious about finding a new job once my contract ends at the end of September. What helps me is meditating, being active through track and yoga, being outside and writing my worries down and then judge how realistic they really are.
FeliciaMay 27, 2017 at 4:58 am
I recently started going to acupuncture to destress and help with anxiety. It’s pretty ironic since I’m actually pretty scared of needles but maybe that’s also why it helps. Have a little more concrete anxiety that you learn to handle at the same time as the actual acupuncture helps you destress.
DanMay 27, 2017 at 7:52 am
Anxiety has only been an issue for me in the last 10 years or so. Yoga and meditation has helped greatly. Most times I have no idea why it’s happening. One thing I notice is if I’m zooming in a hundred different thoughts/directions that doesn’t help.
JessMay 27, 2017 at 8:16 am
I’ve struggled with anxiety my whole life. Once when I was in 8th grade I had a panic attack over an oral presentation I had to do. I didn’t know it was a panic attack at the time but instead of trying to calm me down and talk to me, my mother yelled at me. I’m now in my 30’s and my YYT that I completed in 2014 had been a huge help in dealing with my anxiety and depression. I’ve also been going to therapy off and on for 8 years. It still crops up in odd ways and I’ve accepted that it will never fully go away but it doesn’t control my life anymore. Today, I’m on a wonderful vacation and having a fabulous time but I’m starting to get anxiety about going back to real life tomorrow. To deal with that I’m trying to keep myself in the present moment. I am still here and I still have things to see. A warm cup of tea, or a soothing shower, sometimes an episode of my favorite TV show, or talking to a friend (or 100 Peanut Butters 😉), anything that gets me out of my own head and calms my breathing all help. It’s also important to recognize what is actually causing the anxiety because I sometimes focus on the wrong thing to avoid the real thing. In the next few years I would like to do my 95hr kids yoga teacher training so I can help kids manage their stress and anxiety so they can have a better start at life than I did.
Shayla CraystonMay 27, 2017 at 8:27 am
I do yoga & use lavender to distress!
Cherie'May 27, 2017 at 8:29 am
I’ve spent my life living with anxiety, and I’ve learned that preparation is key. I’m always worried about time, being late, leaving on time, etc. I am a preparer and that helps a lot. I make lists so I don’t have to worry about remembering to do something (once it’s written down, I don’t have to worry about it), I journal when I’m feeling anxious (getting my thoughts out on paper often help me realize how minute my worries seem), and I get things ready ahead of time. In fact, when I get home from work, before I even change clothes, I pack my lunch for the next day, get my clothes ready and set my alarm. That way there’s nothing to worry about or double check when I’m trying to wind down for bed.
KatrinaMay 27, 2017 at 8:32 am
I can’t say that I suffer from anxiety on a daily basis, but I do get anxiety around large clouds of people and when under time constraints because of work or places I need to be. My 5 year old son has anxiety and it effects the way he acts in daycare and at birthday parties and things. He has gone to therapy for sensory development issues and his therapist helped him a lot with his fear of walking into a room with people in it. He has a tendency to use claw hands and roar when entering a room with even just one person he may or may not know, in it. He also gets very overwhelmed with daily tasks and we have worked a lot on taking deep breaths to help calm him. He has also learned to twiddle his thumbs instead of claw and roar…anything to help calm him.
MariaMay 27, 2017 at 10:20 am
The last time i had a panic attack was my last semester in college. My professor was telling us how close we were to the deadline and we basically had to stop designing and get or presentation ready. I couldn’t listen to her. I walked out and hid away in the restroom crying. It was horrible. I’ve had others after that but not as bad.
My was to deal with it, when i start feeling tightness on my chest and uneasiness, I play music in French. I dont know why but it’s very relaxing to me. Works every time.
KerryMay 27, 2017 at 10:21 am
I’ve had anxiety for as long as I can remember. My dad and brother have it to some degree as well, and while I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, it’s nice to have people in my life who know what it’s like. My husband has learned a lot about how to help me get through an anxiety attack (like, don’t EVER say “it’s ok, you’re fine.” That is zero percent helpful for me), but I know it’s hard for him because he’s never dealt with it. As a result, I’ve learned coping mechanisms (repetitive movements, mantras, etc.) that have really helped. And therapy. And occasional medication. And a lot of yoga!
KatieMay 27, 2017 at 10:49 am
I have had anxiety most of my life and recently flared up big time with panic attacks, although I did not feel stressed or the mind racing, just physical symptoms. My therapist recommended that I start doing more yin yoga to really feel my body and after a few home sessions-anxiety gone!If it flares up again, i know the best place to turn is my yoga mat for some slow, gentle movements.
SarahMay 27, 2017 at 1:46 pm
For me, anxiety is the feeling of not being able to shut your brain off (so to speak). I will replay things in my head that might seem minor to someone else but they can become a big deal for me. I am able to rationalize but it’s still not a fun feeling because it’s your emotions. I try to distract myself with things like mindless TV or a book or yoga or talking to people about other things. Usually time aware from that stressful situation is the ticket.
AlexisMay 27, 2017 at 1:47 pm
Last year I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression. I’ve always been an anxious person but circumstances got to the point where everything got so bad I couldn’t function. I got medicat help via my GP, started seeing a psychologist and taking medication. I needed the medication to get myself to a state where I could do the things I knew I needed to go to get myself in a better place. Yoga became my savior. I tried to do yoga everyday at home as well as go to yoga classes. My yoga studio has an amazing teacher. I also did different types of mediation. Asides from yoga, simply going for a walk helped clear my mind. And to unwind, I did more self care things like having a epsom salt baths with essential oils and lit some candles. I am happy to say I came off the medication after 6-7 months with the approval of my GP. I still have moments but I am able to deal with them better
LoriMay 27, 2017 at 2:09 pm
I suffered panic attacks after surgery! Apparently about 10% of the population has bad side effects from general anesthesia, and I was one of the lucky (sarcasm) ones. It took me a long time plus medication to get everything back to normal. After that I also got divorced and my dad died, which just about pushed me over the edge. Thankfully things are much calmer now. Believe it or not, cheese helps. It can actually help calm you and reduce anxiety!
ClaireMay 27, 2017 at 8:45 pm
I have struggled with anxiety and depression for as long as I can remember. When I was a child, my doctor told my mom that he could tell then that I struggled with anxiety. It now comes and goes in waves, but when it’s here, it’s frustrating, confusing, and stressful. I have tried many healthy and unhealthy ways to manage my anxiety. I am lucky to have a loving husband who supports me and does anything he can to help (which sometimes involves laying on me because the weight helps to make me feel calm). I have finally found a great path: yoga, meditation, and mindfulness!
Megan TaylorMay 28, 2017 at 10:29 am
I find my anxiety building up whenever I don’t get enough alone time. I’m an introvert but I have 4 kids, so I’m rarely by myself. When I know it’s been too long since I’ve had peace and some time alone, I’ll make some tea after everyone else is in bed and sit and read in quiet. I also start each day really early and have a cup of coffee by myself. Beginning the day alone and in peace helps to keep any anxiety at bay for the rest of the day.
Bea AlexandraMay 28, 2017 at 1:57 pm
I have been dealing with anxiety ever since I was about 15. It gets easier to deal with because I can kind of expect what happens next but it is never a picnic. Yoga helps me to de-stress and get back into the moment.
Alex WilsonMay 28, 2017 at 2:47 pm
I’ve been struggling with anxiety since I was a kid. I can remember having full blown anxiety attacks over things like math homework, getting in trouble at school, and disappointing my parents. I struggled with anxiety for years without knowing it, thinking (as I was often told by those who knew me) that I was just sensistive and over dramatic. It wasn’t until I was in my early 20s, when I decided to see a therapist following a break up that led to more frequent panic attacks for seemingly “sillier” and “sillier” things, that I even realized what I was really struggling with. I think that for me, knowing is half the battle. I still experience anxiety over everyday things, but with the help of therapy, yoga, meditation, routine, good friends, and loving family members, I’ve gotten much better at managing it.
Erin SanchezMay 28, 2017 at 8:34 pm
I have had anxiety for as long as I can remember. I think it all started when my parents started having money troubles. Hearing them talk about money while I was supposed to be sleeping made me worried we wouldn’t have food or would lose our house. About 2 years ago I moved from Denver to Phoenix for pharmacy school and this made my anxiety 10x worse. I generally have anxiety over things that I have no control over. My mind wonders and starts thinking about worse-case-scenarios that probably won’t even happen. Lately I have been starting to try to deal with my anxiety by doing self-care. I love to put on a favorite movie and take a relaxing bath. If I am having a particularly hard time, I stop whatever it is that I’m doing causing my anxiety, I’ll go somewhere comfortable, and I’ll watch some silly YouTube videos. Generally this calms me down and I can bring my mind back down to reality. Sometimes anxiety gives me troubles with sleep. This is a time when it gets quiet and my mind starts to race. What has helped me is ASMR videos. I know some people find them weird, but I really like how relaxing they are. The calming sounds quiet my mind and put me sleep pretty quickly. There are even ASMR videos that are directed at bringing you down from an anxiety attack. I find these videos very helpful.
Nicole T.May 29, 2017 at 6:14 am
After dealing with major anxiety attacks during the end phase of my PhD, I finally decided to do something about it at the end of 2015. Two years of medication and therapy later, I’m in a much better place when it comes to dealing with my generalized anxiety disorder – I learnt how to reformulate my recurrent negative thoughts and deal with stressful situations, I’m out of therapy, and I’ve started reducing my medication (under medical guidance).
One amazing thing that happened in the last 2 years is that I managed to deal with my anxiety well enough to make the decision with my partner to have a baby – due 3rd November!! Another good reason to get off the meds if possible (they don’t harm the baby during pregnancy, but might lead to withdrawal symptoms after birth).
My other ways of dealing with my anxiety include crafting (knitting, sewing, crochet, papercrafts), and yoga and pilates. Sadly, I haven’t been able to do much yoga during my pregnancy (yet) but I hope to be able to get back to it soon – I miss it so much!!
MaxiMay 29, 2017 at 6:25 am
My absolute favourite way to de stress is yoga/stretching and sitting outside under a tree with no phone, no watch, no books just tea!
KateMay 29, 2017 at 6:29 am
Yoga is my way of dealing with stress or anxiety. Nothing else helps as much!
StellaMay 29, 2017 at 6:33 am
Switching off my phone is literally THE best remedy. As soon as it’s off I suddenly find I have so much more headspace and can focus on the task in front of me, or just genuinely chill out and be more present.
AshleyMay 29, 2017 at 6:34 am
I am plagued with anxiety and depression. Sometimes I can manage it, but often I can’t. I do best when I’m up early and can accomplish a lot before noon. Once the morning turns to afternoon, the anxiety creeps up on me that the day is ending and I haven’t accomplished enough. I’m also prone to seclude myself to my home and work, which only worsens the anxiety, so I try to force myself into social situations. Lastly, I notice a huge difference when I make sure I’m getting enough magnesium, calcium, vitamin D, and all the Bs. This curbs my cravings for simple carbs and saves me from the ups and downs of unstable blood sugar.
The book looks great! Best wishes to everyone at Bad Yogi. ✌️
VerenaMay 29, 2017 at 6:37 am
How’s I deal with it? Getting out of my head. Easier said than done. What usually works well is removing myself from anxiety triggers, which us basically the “normal” environment. I love to go to nature. Preferably into a forest, were I leave people, computer, work, noise etc. behind; and I am only surrounded by trees. Hearing them breathe. The birds. Trying to stay in the present moment helps put a lot of things into perspective. If I can’t get out, i close my eyes, visualize this scene, calm my breathe. Take deep breathes.
emilyMay 29, 2017 at 6:39 am
No matter what I’m dealing with, I feel a little better when I step onto my yoga mat! I always tell people that even after all the “proper” therapy I’ve had, yoga helps more than anything with my mental health.
Megan DerbyshireMay 29, 2017 at 6:45 am
I recently got a new job that relies on me calling up random big name companies for product information. It really freaks me out not knowing who’s on the other line. So I make sure to really pamper myself when I’m not at work, if I can go to work feeling my 100% best it definitely helps me be a stronger person. Confidence inside and out!
CatherineMay 29, 2017 at 6:46 am
Patting my cat always helps somewhat
AmyMay 29, 2017 at 6:54 am
I hate answering phones because it spikes my anxiety with no idea of who might call/when/will I be able to help them. I worked a job for over two years where they’d randomly toss me in to cover the front desk for lunch breaks or sick days, and by the end of that I was having panic attacks every time I had to sit at the desk. It’s awful because you can keep telling yourself that it’s just a phone and that the world isn’t going to end, but your body is on high alert anyway. I was SO relieved to leave that job (for more than one reason, really) and I haven’t had a panic attack since.
JanelleMay 29, 2017 at 6:57 am
Anxiety, for me, is a nagging little voice that sits on my shoulder telling me that whatever i am doing is wrong, or isnt good enough. It is a voice in my head ehispering that the other shoe will drop or keeps me.uo at night with a mile-long list of things that i have to think about… instead of sleep.
Yoga helps,meditation helps, writing helps… and when all else fails i feel so better if i just take a few minutes alone, let out my emotions and then put the pieces back together.
AmandaMay 29, 2017 at 7:03 am
Though I’m sorry to see so many suffer from anxiety in one form or another, it’s also comforting to see how very not alone we all are!
I’ve had social anxiety since I can remember, though it’s gotten easier to manage as
I’ve gotten older. I also have a constant low level of generalized anxiety, which isn’t helped by grad school stress, but… yoga helps me so much! When I get on my mat I stop worrying what people think and that’s why I love yoga!
Ruth McEnaneyMay 29, 2017 at 7:04 am
I have generalised anxiety which affects me to varying degrees depending on how my health is. I have cystic fibrosis and when it’s causing me more problems than normal it can be extremely overwhelming. I find yoga such a good way to destress but also time with my friends and family works wonders. I’m a piano teacher so playing piano works a treat at times too!
LaMay 29, 2017 at 7:05 am
The first time I had a real anxiety attack, almost 11 years ago now, I was in the frozen food section of Whole Foods…I had no idea what was happening, and after, no idea what triggered it.
There’s no “cure all” but learning to be kinder to myself, therapy, and yoga has been a tremendous help. <3
SonyaMay 29, 2017 at 7:07 am
For me it’s when I don’t have or know the plan for the day or when things get very loud and chaotic (which happens frequently with four kids). I try to stay as organized as possible, but when that doesn’t happen I take a deep breath and think about what I’m grateful for. Yoga really helps keep me grounded and quiet my mind.
Ms Grumpy a.k.a NikkiMay 29, 2017 at 7:19 am
Today especially I feel super angsty. Nothings wrong – more than usual anyway. But I’m at a dark place. I feel old. I’m 37 and I’ve done squat with my life is my general feeling atm. Seeing the bright side of things is hard – superhard. Currently I am struggling a lot. I don’t have a job, barely have friends, overweight and I’m alone with my thoughts too often. So whine, whine & whine. I need to take the h out and have some wine, wine & even more wine 😉
Cuddling a cat is by far one of the best methods to de-stress. I have a tiny whiny itty bitty 19-year old calico cat. I lost her sister this fall and since then she wants to be with me most of the time. Having a cat helps with anxiety. Their purring is healing.
Oh I also suck at yoga. I love it, but it DOES NOT love me back as much. Rather my body doesn’t, stiffer than a plank. And I’m no good at keeping up a home practice so this gal needs to go to her gym, pay a membership fee that’s been lagging and START DOING yoga in group, so I don’t have excuses…
Whinging here helped though a bit. Wouldn’t mind that book either. And I live in Europe so the shipping fee won’t be that bad, tihi 😀
Emily BMay 29, 2017 at 7:25 am
My favorite way to de-stress is a hot bath. Being immersed in water and being forced to be still is so relaxing.
PennyMay 29, 2017 at 7:25 am
Breath work and movement always helps.
LeaMay 29, 2017 at 7:26 am
I also struggle with anxiety. I have panic attacks and agoraphobia.
I was diagnosed only in the beginning of this year, but have the symptoms since 2015. It’s a real problem for me. I am so limited in …everything … and just wanna stay at home all the time.
What helps me a lot is talking to a good friend, yoga (PBYP), being outside…going for a walk or hike, relaxing on the couch and reading a book,…. but it depends, sometimes nothing at all is helping.
meganMay 29, 2017 at 7:29 am
Yoga is my favorite way to destress. Stepping on the mat – even if I don’t do any poses, just being on the mat, helps to calm my mind.
JadeMay 29, 2017 at 7:30 am
For me, there are 3 steps in calming down:
1. Freak out, maybe cry and talk about it with boyfriend
2. Calm down, think of a solution, rationalise, plan
3. Pamper self with face mask, chocolate, yoga, …
It usually works pretty well 🙂 Book looks great!
LeslieMay 29, 2017 at 7:37 am
My coping mechanism for anxiety/panic is to talk about it. When I start feeling that heart pounding, sweaty hands, shallow breaths beginnings of a panic attack I tell my husband. It calms me down to name my symptoms as panic instead of letting it control me. (Kinda like Voldemort from Harry Potter: “Fear of a name increases the fear of the thing itself.”) Once I decide to take charge of it, I almost instantly feel better. Not always, it’s a work in progress but I’m learning I’m not alone and that’s powerful.
Marica LaingMay 29, 2017 at 7:39 am
When I need to de-stress I write – whether it be a story or a song. It’s a great way to forget about your current situation and just be free and creative. And then of course… yoga!! It’s the best stress reliever and I am a much more laid back, stress free and positive person since I started practicing it.
RoseMay 29, 2017 at 7:41 am
Anxiety for me has felt like a permanent monkey on my back, it’s been there all my life, until I started following your classes Erin. I feel like a different person now. Unfortunately, that monkey sometimes returns and the 2 things that help massively are a nice stretchy yoga session and going to watch live music. There are no greater escapes for me!
Thank you for all you’ve done for us in this community.
Brenda MiguelMay 29, 2017 at 7:42 am
I usually take a deep breath and try to think rationally about the situation.
MichMay 29, 2017 at 7:45 am
My favourite way to de-stress is going for a walk. A few deep breaths among the trees really helps 🙂
VanessaMay 29, 2017 at 7:47 am
Some of my favorite ways to destress are going for a walk or run, yoga, meditation and taking a warm bath.
KatieMay 29, 2017 at 7:51 am
I went for years without realising how I thought and felt wasn’t normal. It was only about a year or so ago I realised I suffered with anxiety, again – not a full blown anxiety disorder, but enough to affect my daily life. I passed off my obsessive thoughts and worries as ‘the norm’ but when I had a panic attack at work in the toilet I knew something most definitely wasn’t normal.
Now I’ve identified I struggle with anxiety I meditate, do Pranayama exercises if I feel an attack coming on plus yoga on the regular. I also make sure to have days or evenings in the week where I know I can be totally alone/relaxed and have a salt bath or sit in peace (I’m an introvert so having time to myself is very important for me to be able to relax fully).
I still struggle and have been more so lately due to some health issues and lots going on! But, I have to remember I know how to deal with it and I won’t let it define me. xxx
Zoe THornburghMay 29, 2017 at 7:59 am
I often get stressed and anxious about things I have to do, and not being able to do them. It makes me a massive procrastinator which, in turn, has led to me not being able to cope with full-time work – so I only work part-time. I’m too young to need to do this!
For stress relief – if I can get past the ice cream section of the supermarket – I like to meditate, just sitting quietly and just concentrating on my great. Preferably in a warm bath!
Cefem LaRojaMay 29, 2017 at 8:01 am
I have struggled with anxiety for a while with some real physical symptoms that made it hard to get by. Hot showers and yoga practice help a lot. Interestingly, a touch of FOMO (fear of missing out) has also helped. I don’t believe in an afterlife and I don’t want to spend my life under the covers 🙂
BrittanyMay 29, 2017 at 8:03 am
I have been dealing with anxiety since I was 12. I have tried medication, therapy, yoga, and mediation. Recently it has gotten worse. I would love to read this book to possibly help me just relax a little. 🙂
TaraMay 29, 2017 at 8:07 am
Walking/hiking with the dogs, cleaning and of course yoga all help me de-stress and distract me from any nagging thoughts I have.
HeatherMay 29, 2017 at 8:07 am
My first panic attack was when I became step mom to a teenage daughter and my husband went away for the weekend. I’d dealt with mental stress, but the actual physical aspects of a panic attack are alarming. I try to meditate, do yoga, take a walk, push through. I feel like lately the pressure of the world is a heavy weight, and have found myself on edge with big picture and in my own small part stress. I’m looking for a new outlet to gain more control and purpose. It’s a work in progress.
Megan SMay 29, 2017 at 8:11 am
My favorite way to destress is usually to do something to get blood flowing, like go to the gym or my aerial hoop (circus) classes. Or depending what’s going on, hanging out with friends.
BrandiMay 29, 2017 at 8:15 am
I get the anxiety when my to-do list gets really long. For some reason, I feel like everything has to be done RIGHT NOW! Did I mention that I keep/kept my list in my head? Sometimes it’s panic city in my brain. Breaking down what I need to do and putting it on a timeline in, say, a bullet journal*, helps so much.
*Thanks to Erin for the tutorial. 😉
AshMay 29, 2017 at 8:19 am
I de-stress by practicing yoga or going for a leisurely bike ride. Both activities put me in the moment and I try to let my thoughts fade away
KerriMay 29, 2017 at 8:19 am
I have had anxiety as far back as I can remember. Sitting in class in second grade, crying over my math book because the teacher was asking me questions I couldn’t answer and I felt so stupid. It only got worse from there. A second grader gets away with those tears, and eighth grader does not. Panic attacks in English class are not cool. Of course, I was “just shy”. I didn’t get an official diagnosis until I was 23, with a new baby, and in a big city far away from family support. I became agoraphobic. I barely left the house, and never alone, for over a year. I couldn’t answer the phone. Actually places my a phone call took me at least two days and endless walk through in my head of the conversation. Sometimes written scripts of what I needed to say. I had a panic attack trying to take the subway with just my son and I- and at two years old he sat on a bench with me while I sobbed, and said “It okay mummy”. After splitting with my ex fiancé and moving back home, I have made progress in the years since. I no longer have the major issues I once did, but I live in a stable “bubble” of my own creation. One that prevents too many new scenarios. It’s how I survive. I still have odd habits that are directly related to me anxiety- most don’t realize why I do things that I do, but it’s always anxiety related. I google all new routes, and landmark certain buildings, if I am driving to a new location. I have consistent routines to prevent anxiety from building. I want to say I am “better”, and I guess I am in many ways because I have a life now I couldn’t have before, but I am still controlled by my anxiety and I wish I knew how to break free of and take chances. I am not posting this because I want to win, I am posting because maybe someone will see it and realize you can learn to cope with anxiety, and even severe cases like me can come back from the worst of it.
LisaMay 29, 2017 at 8:23 am
I don’t think I have a full-blown form of anxiety or panic attacks (thank god), but I DO feel anxious every once in a while. Lately I started dreaming of work for example, which makes it very difficult to escape the stress of course. But I learned that talking about it helps to get a new perspective (sometimes you need to hear things said out loud to realize they are actually not that dramatic ;)) and running clears my head every time. I love to cook and find it very meditative to create something delicious. Plus it’s an instant reward for your effort, which I sometimes miss in my work life. And then there’s this great web-based project management tool I started using for all the things I had to do. It’s like an extended to do list and it works wonders! It really visualizes your tasks and helps me feel a bit better prepared 😉
Most importantly though, I think it’s essential not to be too hard on yourself for feeling anxious or stressed. It’s okay to freak out about stuff sometimes (even the little things). We all have days where we are more resilient and some where we can’t cope with everything that comes our way. Stressing out about the fact that we are stressed certainly doesn’t help the situation though. The essential thing to do is to not give in to the fear, but rather to embrace it for a bit and then consciously let go of it. Only then can we learn something from the situation and deal with patterns we want to overcome.
Easier said then done of course, but I think I’m on the right track 🙂
StaceyMay 29, 2017 at 8:35 am
Thankfully I do not get anxiety often. But when I go feel anxious, I find the best ways to deal with it are yoga, meditation (I love the meditation apps for your phone), taking a walk outside, or having a cup of tea.
LindsayMay 29, 2017 at 8:37 am
I find yoga helps me best of all when dealing with anxiety, I swear it saves me from it!
AlexisMay 29, 2017 at 8:37 am
Going for a walk is usually how I destress. Sitting down just lets all the thoughts swirl around too fast, I think. Looks like a great read!
Jessica GoinMay 29, 2017 at 8:37 am
I have a few favorite ways to destress. 1. Hot shower just to organize my thoughts. 2. Look through old pictures. Before I know it, I’m lost in the joy of all the memories over the years. 3. Blast some music (whether it’s a sink full of dishes or something a whole lot more important, music always makes me deal with life better.) 4.Yoga (sometimes all you need to do is breathe)
MelanieMay 29, 2017 at 8:41 am
My anxiety has gotten worse as an adult, but I didn’t realize the feelings I was feeling were “anxiety” until very recently. I find that talking things out, explaining my thoughts to those closest to me, and focusing on something creative a few hours each week are the best things for me to battle my anxiety!
Cathy chandlerMay 29, 2017 at 8:52 am
Most of my anxiety lately centers around my son. He is going into his senior year of high school. There are just so so so any decisions that have to me made. And unfortunately these are not mine to make!!! He is turning into such a great young man. So I know I just need to have faith and guide him when he ask for help. To relive the stress I of course do yoga and run. I also find peace in listening to music. It helps alot too.
Becky McGregorMay 29, 2017 at 9:05 am
NikkiMay 29, 2017 at 9:12 am
Deep breathing and light yoga always seems to help with anxiety. If it’s at night I find it useful to get up and make some herbal tea.
CrystalMay 29, 2017 at 9:14 am
My hubby suffers from anxiety almost daily where I have a really bad episode once a year. For me to calm myself back down into owning it, I have to remove myself from the crowds, remove myself from sensory overload and him to myself, reaffirm to myself, etc.
Kimberly WaltmanMay 29, 2017 at 9:20 am
I de-stress by:
– Spending time in my scrapbooking room where I love working with paper, hopping on my elliptical machine, and binge watching Amazon Prime.
– Reading, my life passion.
– Grabbing a Starbucks and strolling through the isles at Target. (True story.)
– Getting lost in a video game for a day or…wait, what month is it now? 😉
– Saying ‘no’. Seriously, you don’t have to be accessible to everyone all the time. It’s ok to say ‘no’ and take care of you first!
– Building a LEGO set. There is seriously something so therapeutic about creating a structure from the ‘ground’ up. The more LEGO pieces the better!
EmilyMay 29, 2017 at 9:36 am
I don’t suffer from anxiety, but my hubby does. I like to de-stress by doing yoga, running, or writing.
KarenMay 29, 2017 at 9:41 am
When I am stressed, I make sure to spend some time outside – hiking, biking, walking, gardening, etc.
JanineMay 29, 2017 at 9:41 am
The most effective way for me to deal with anxiety is yoga or running/working out. It seems letting my body take over from my mind for a bit brings on the break I need to get things into perspective and relax.
SamanthaMay 29, 2017 at 9:43 am
Taking a bath and or getting a massage 🙂
Michelle NicholsonMay 29, 2017 at 9:44 am
I think I have always suffered from anxiety but thought that’s how everyone was as I knew no different…it’s only since having my son 4 years ago that I really realised, it’s NOT how everyone is! My anxiety has developed into extreme lows with panic attacks, I also suffer from depression. For me, the fuel is the fear of not being in control or making the wrong decision or not knowing the solution, which is the reason the birth of my son has been the ultimate best thing in my life but also the worse in some ways as the fear of not being able to deal with ‘parent stuff’ or not dealing with something in the best way at the time can destroy me for days and then I hate myself more for falling in that hole of anxiety and not being the ‘smiley happy mummy’ my son needs time to be alll the time.
Today is one of those days 😪
SarahMay 29, 2017 at 9:46 am
Hi Erin! The best way that I use to destress would be playing with my dog. If I have had a tough day at work ( I work with autistic and developmentally challenged students) nothing helps me more to regroup than playing with my dog. He is a three year old mini goldendoodle who very much acts like a puppy with lots and lots of energy. When I get home play time is on! Frisbee throwing, tennis ball tossing , the works. Just seeing the pure love and joy he has when he catches his toy or just me saying “let’s go outside” bring a smile to my face and happiness to my heart. He is literally my little ray of sunshine.
TeresaMay 29, 2017 at 10:01 am
I manage with exercise, acupuncture, and essential oils.
AmandaMay 29, 2017 at 10:22 am
I’ve always had anxiety issues, but I was never officially diagnosed with an anxiety disorder until about 5 years ago. 7 years ago, I had DVTs behind both knees and a pulmonary embolism found less than 48 hours before I was supposed to board a flight to Rome. The only sign that something was wrong was that I couldn’t take a full, deep breath. Over the next two years, I had many trips to the ER thinking I was having another blood clot because I was short of breath. (The joke was I had to know where the ER was much like other people need to know where the bathroom is). Finally, a doctor gave me a Xanax during one of these episodes and diagnosed me with having panic attacks that were mimicking my pulmonary embolism symptoms. Through medication, therapy, yoga, and meditation, I’ve been able to control my panic attacks without a trip to the ER.
Stephanie ThompsonMay 29, 2017 at 10:25 am
I just finished nursing school and I encountered so many more mini-breakdowns than I had anticipated .. I quickly had to find quick and easy ways to get behind my anxiety before I got to a place where it was affecting my school work, which it did many times! My favourite way to de-stress is to hop on my bike about an hour before I usually need to leave the house and take an extended route to wherever it is I’m going – it feels luxurious to leisurely make your way somewhere rather than rushing in a commute and having stress creep up even more.. also, finding some grass over breaks and doing a bit of gentle yoga even if I feel like I should be doing work, because let’s face it – you aren’t productive without those breaks. The PBYP has been instrumental to my finishing this program on a high note! <3
Hege GrindalenMay 29, 2017 at 10:29 am
I have been struggling with anxiety for 12 years.
It started after an episode of acute diarrhea that lasted for several days. I had been eating out and was enjoying some late evening shopping afterwards. And then, suddenly I had to go, and it needed to happen FAST. It’s not always easy to find a restroom in the city center, so I ran into the nearest pub and went straight to the restrooms. I want tell much about what happened in there, but it felt like there shouldn’t be any food left in my system. Afterwards I rested a bit before I headed to the bus stop, which was about 5 minutes away. Halfway there and I had to pop into a pub, again. Let’s just say it was a struggle to get home that night.
I was sick for several days and started to get panic attacks when I went outside. Just a simple trip to buy some groceries became troublesome. There is 7 grocery shops within 1/2 km, so it sure sounds like it should be an easy trip.
It has been many ups and downs over the years. And now I finally feel like I’m in control, most of the time 🙂
I tried to deal with it myself, but the only thing I achieved was a limited social life. Stopped going to the cinema, concerts and avoided places where I needed to travel long distances with public transportation.
In 2015 I was on partial sick leave and was lucky to qualify for free psychologist help. I were introduced to mindfulness several years earlier, but it was first after a couple of sessions with my psychologist that I started to really understand it. She gave me to “tools”, and I started to put myself in situations that I usually avoided.
These “tools” has helped me the most:
1. Remind myself that the world will not go under if I’m late or can’t make it
2. Care less what other people will think of me. I sure as hell don’t like people telling me what I think and/or feel.
3. Don’t give a shit
5. Controlled breathing
6. Thinking of something else/Shifting focus
8. Candida diet and low FODMAPdiet.
The mind and the digestion affects each other, but now a days doctors find it far too easy too say it’s stress related / all in your head when they can’t find any other answers. And after they told me that over and over again I started to believe it was all in my head. I have been thinking that it might be some issues with my digestion, but all the food journaling got me nowhere. In 2016 I started to see a doctor at a private clinic and it’s good to have a doctor that see me and not think about the next 15 patients they must consult after me… I got some relief after trying the candida diet. And now I’m trying the low fodmap diet. Tried it for some weeks and I’m feeling so much better. Usually, when I go to ex. the store, my stomach starts to kinda bobble… It’s very active. But now, it feels like something is missing (in a good way). I’m waiting for something to happen. It feels weird to not have a lot of pain… And as a result to that, my mind is a lot calmer. Situations that I before would have avoided because of stress in my mind and digestion I can now do with little to no stress.
Michella BryonMay 29, 2017 at 10:30 am
I’ve been struggling with anxiety since my senior year in high school, I graduated 2010. I love meditation and yoga to help when it starts getting overwhelming, but honestly going to the doctor and finding a medication that works for me was the best thing I could do. I am able, most of the time, to get out and run errands that I need to run, hang out with friends, and enjoy life in a way that was not possible before the medication. And when it does flair up, I read my favorite books, watch my favorite shows, and hermit up for a couple days until it passes!
CassMay 29, 2017 at 10:45 am
As an introvert making sure I have some time to myself everyday to recharge helps keep my anxiety at a manageable level.
HolllieMay 29, 2017 at 10:51 am
I’ve suffered with severe anxiety since starting my university degree. A few weeks ago I finally decided it was time to do something about it. I’m now getting the help I need but so far more than anything yoga, meditation and mindfulness has been a huge help, even when I feel at my worse. Not only have I realised it’s ok to ask for help, but self care and learning to love yourself in whatever way (for me it’s yoga and walking the dog) is so important.
SabineMay 29, 2017 at 11:00 am
As I am typing this, I am simply focusing on breathing in. And breathing out. Repeat. Sometimes that’s the only thing you can do…
Megan LenzMay 29, 2017 at 11:20 am
Sometimes, I get super overwhelmed with daily life. My favorite way to destress is going outside and/or drinking a cup of tea.
HeatherMay 29, 2017 at 11:22 am
I’m a mom and my kiddos are two and three years old. I definitely get anxiety when wondering if I’m doing enough for them. I’ll get caught up thinking I’m not enough or I can’t raise them right. My favorite ways to destress are studying my Bible with some coffee, getting outside (especially to the mountains), yoga practice, or even just spending time with my kids. Just bringing everything back into perspective really works for me.
RichardMay 29, 2017 at 11:34 am
Yoga itself is a training ground for dealing with anxiety. There are those poses that bring ease and peace, and those that are difficult and bring anxiety. During the later we are thought to breathe through them, just as with the former. The point is that challenges are part of life and breathing is the answer. The focus is on the moment, be it pleasant or not, and not on me. In every moment let love be the theme. This can be practiced on the mat. Try your most challenging pose, breathe into it and let love flow. Hold it for awhile. Everything you learn on the mat can be translated to life.
CaitMay 29, 2017 at 11:40 am
The best defense I have against my stress is sitting outside in the sunshine or taking a refreshing shower. 🙂
JoMay 29, 2017 at 11:59 am
I get severe anxiety over little things. For example, on my way to work I check in back home & have someone check if my hair tools are turned off. If I don’t do this, I have anxiety-driven thoughts (“the house will burn down, my family/pets will suffer, all because of me”) the rest of the day.
SharonMay 29, 2017 at 12:03 pm
My way of relaxing is either listen to music and sing out loud – even rock – or going to the beach, look and listen to it or even go for a swim
NicoleMay 29, 2017 at 12:03 pm
My flair ups are more depression symptoms than anxiety symptoms, but like you said, when it happens it is awful! It’s hard to align my outward image of being the big tough girl with how I feel duing these times. I’m so glad that Bad Yogis are willing to share that life is not all sunshine and butterfly poses. It really helps to break the cycle of the nasty feelings when they do flair up. Thanks for a great post!
HelenaMay 29, 2017 at 12:14 pm
After reading through everyone’s comments on my way down the screen to the comment box, I am stuck by everyone’s similar yet deeply personal experiences with stress and anxiety–and each person’s ability to find ways to cope and manage their stress for a better life. There is certainly no one-size-fits-all! Personally, I have been lucky enough to not experience the worst of anxiety, though I have struggled with managing stress and life’s transitions. Along the way this has taken the form of a negative relationship with my body and eating, social fears, and some heavy drinking.
I have to say that at this point in my life, I have finally found some stability and positive ways of managing stress. Being in a trusting and loving relationship is a big part of that–but also developing a loving relationship with myself has been huge! My favorite ways to de-stress these days are the simple things: going for a walk/hike through our neighborhood park, sitting in the backyard to read or bird-watch, petting my cat, a nice shower with aromatherapy soap, and of course yoga! In general, just finding a simple and healthy way to treat myself right.
I’d love to read this book, and to share it with my sister who struggles with anxiety in a much bigger way than I ever have–being in a near constant state of low-level anxiety which sometimes peaks into full blown panic attacks. I love the title, it sounds very “Bad Yogi” philosophy–which my sister and I both love <3
AmandaMay 29, 2017 at 12:20 pm
I’ve struggled with debilitating anxiety off and on most of my life. Sometimes coupled with depression. Getting into a regular yoga routine has saved my life, more than once! I’ve had many classes where the tears unexpectedly started flowing, and all of the mental garbage comes pouring out. Sometimes it is hard for me to motivate myself to get back into a routine, but it’s a never fail cure for me 🙂
JoannaMay 29, 2017 at 12:27 pm
I`ve been struggling with stress and anxiety since my final exams in 2015. Although I had studied a lot, I wasn`t sure whether I get on university. I did it, fortunately, but all those unreleased emotions and feelings gradually started overwhelming me. I believed I can deal with it on my own, but to this day I`m suffering from the side effect of that stressful time two years ago; I lost almost all of my hair, which doesn`t regrow, my hormones are out of balance and I often feel depressed. I decided to go to a psychotherapy because I just need help. Yoga helps me, but it`s not enough, thou
Eleonora CosnerMay 29, 2017 at 12:30 pm
This is such a huge and important topic to me as it is to many.
I’ve started dealing with anxiety at a very young age; there are times where it is quite ok, I don’t get anxious all the time, whereas there are times where it is awful and I get anxious for even the tiniest little things. Panic attacks were by my side very very often a few years ago, but now things have gotten better on that side.
I feel that anxiety and depression go hand in hand (at least in my case), but luckily anxiety is more present than depression (having experienced both, I can surely say that depression for me is worse and I’m lucky I can keep it under control, like I’m walking on the edge but not falling most of the time).
I have to thank yoga ad meditation for my ability to deal with anxiety (and depression), mostly because thanks to them my inner observer is awake almost all the time and that helps to keep the irrational self under control quite often. There are bad times when I just am purely anxious and can’t do anything about it, but I do know that these times too shall pass.
My favourite way to become centered again and to feel serene and more lighthearted? Spending time in nature, no doubts.
Thanks Erin for sharing your experience.
Kinsey SwetnamMay 29, 2017 at 12:42 pm
As a fellow anxiety/panic attack sufferer and Bad Yogi, I cannot wait to read this. Before yoga and meditation, alcohol and xanax were my only saviors. Although, I admit, sometimes I still needy those vices (say like, flying, for example), becoming a more mindful and centered person has changed my life. The understanding of how important the power of breath is and having a consistent practice has been a game changer. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Namaste.
KlaudiaMay 29, 2017 at 12:58 pm
As a full time working mom I always deal with anxiety trying to balance my work and home life. But if I remind myself to plan meals and tidy up the house a little bit each day I feel like I have more control over everything.
Maria SvantessonMay 29, 2017 at 1:03 pm
I’d like to say that yoga saved me, and in ways it did, but to be honest anxiety and depression is still something that I deal with daily. I get anxious thinking about things I have to do, then I avoid doing them which results in even more anxiety because I didn’t do them. (fucked up, eh?) I would really love this book, cause just like you wrote, sometimes all you need is to hear that someone else deals with the same thing. (reading all these comments calm me down for example)
I LOVE BAD YOGI btw, and I LOVE ERIN!!!!!!!! bought the PBYP today, so excited to do the first class….NOW!
Breanna NuttMay 29, 2017 at 2:00 pm
I struggle with anxiety and it has become more apparent in my life the older I have gotten. Most of the time I physically become ill because of my anxiety. I’m learning techniques such as meditation and talking it out with others to deal with my anxiety.
Sonia CercaMay 29, 2017 at 2:15 pm
I’ve been struggling a lot with anxiety lately. Yoga and meditation are the only things that seem to help me.
Jody JacksonMay 29, 2017 at 2:23 pm
I have awful, sometimes crippling anxiety. I find sleep (the most difficult to achieve as a parent of 3 young children) and eating well (can I have 4 more hours in the day please?) tend to help the most closely followed by yoga or a swim to distract my inner-voice that is spewing toxic crap. I need better time management, I guess. I just can’t seem to fit ME into my life anymore.
Brittany MarieMay 29, 2017 at 2:40 pm
My favorite and most effective way to de-stress is to crawl in bed under a big pile of covers and cuddle with my 6’5 husband. He let’s me vent, cry, and talk through my feelings. It’s my “go to” method! I just say “Baby, I’m gonna need you to cuddle the hell out of me for a few minutes!” LOL It never fails to make me feel better!
Jaimee BrowneMay 29, 2017 at 2:42 pm
I started getting anxiety when I first moved to my now hometown. To this day I still don’t know what made it all begin but it changed my life drastically – initially for the worse. I couldn’t and sometimes still can’t go anywhere on my own in fear of collapsing with a panic atrack (which nearly happened twice with no nice stranger coming to my rescue – escalating the fear 😔). This was hard because I was now living an hour away from all my friends and family. But as time has gone on and it has become OK to have these issues I have learnt how to deal with it, as have the people around me. It never gets nicer to deal with but it gets easier to manage when you have strategies to put into place. The things I have learnt along the way almost make the horrid experiences worthwhile.
JenniferMay 29, 2017 at 2:45 pm
Yoga, meditation and sleep help me get through the rough times. And recently I started seeing a therapist which had helped tremendously in a short period of time.
Tiffany BatemanMay 29, 2017 at 3:13 pm
I would be very interested to receive this book. My husband has great anxiety over certain things and refuses to get help for it. This book might help him be able to cope when his anxiety is too much. I also recently realized that I have what could be considered panic attacks. I am from a small town and had to navigate rush hour traffic in a large metropolitan city. While doing this I started getting chest pain. Knowing this was just my body responding to stress (other incidences checked out by doctor) I was able to continue but I would love to learn how to handle it better or even prevent it from happening.
Kate HuffmanMay 29, 2017 at 3:38 pm
I recently joined a meditation group, which I didn’t think I’d be able to get into but has turned out to be an amazing way to celebrate my body and mind and focus on there here and now.
My best friend lives many states away and struggles with anxiety – I hope to develop my own anxiety-management techniques to share so she can find what works best for her. I feel like this book would really help her as well!
Aurélie LavalMay 29, 2017 at 3:48 pm
I’ve been suffering from anxiety my whole life whether it’s social anxieties (masked by an edgy sense of humor and self-deprecation !!) or fear of the unknown … regularly waking up with knots in my stomach and clenched fists for _ sometimes _ no apparent reason. Time seems to have helped thanks probably to a mix of yoga, therapies, being more open about it and accepting of my anxiety as part of my being … and also reading about others’ experiences ;o) we all have our struggles.
Catherine ClappertonMay 29, 2017 at 4:09 pm
I try and reduce anxiety before it fully takes hold. I take a relaxing walk every lunch time at work. Even if I’m not in the mood/feeling lazy/the weather’s not great I still go. Just that 20/30min walk clears my head and feels like I’m reset for the afternoon 😃 Yoga helps to of course. A little bit of self care goes a long way. Thanks so much for the chance as I’d love to read some new ideas 🙂
Leah LiseeMay 29, 2017 at 4:15 pm
I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety at age 10. Almost 16 years later, I’m still learning (and succeeding) to manage. In those 16 years I’ve had plenty of anxiety attacks, but experianced my first panic attack only recently now that my fiance is deployed. What gets me through those moments is deep belly breathing and an ice pack on the back of my neck and forehead. But if I can, I push myself (not too much) to go out and do my photography and be creative. Being creative and being outside help me so much, along with making “me” time. It can be hard, sometimes I feel selfish saying “no” or “I won’t do that right now”, but having that time for myself has helped a lot. I aslo go on youtube and find yoga videos, to keep me moving. And if it’s later in the evening, tea and a hot bath help loads to help relax myself. It’s nice to know I’m not alone and recognize people process these things different. We are all warriors (I, II, or III) and can and will make it through this!
LisaMay 29, 2017 at 4:16 pm
Yoga seems to help with my anxiety and depression. So does throwing myself into something creative. But I do have to take medication for my depression and see a therapist. My husband has suffered with very bad anxiety with panic attacks for years now. He uses a combination of therapy, medication, walking, yoga, breathing, and meditation to help him, but it’s still huge battle for him ever day. I’m so excited for this book, I plan on buying a copy for me and my husband.
Karen Rubins-LawrieMay 29, 2017 at 5:09 pm
I’ve spent the last ten years crippled by anxiety and every day is a battle. I have found the only things that helps tend to be books or advice written by people who have experienced issues themselves. This book will certainly be an interesting and hopefully helpful read, and I look forward to eventually getting my paws on it!
CiaraMay 29, 2017 at 5:36 pm
I’ve always WANTED yoga to be my go to be de-stressor but truth be told, when I’m truly anxious, I can’t make myself stay in one spot long enough to really flow. The exception to that is head/handstands. I’ve found inversions in general to be super helpful but combining that with the concentration required to balance and physical challenge that goes into not falling over, it’s hard to let my mind wander.
ErikaMay 29, 2017 at 6:07 pm
I have PTSD from my service in the Peace Corps so I’m no stranger to anxiety. It’s a daily struggle to keep it in check and to function like a “normal” person. My favorite way to de-stress is to connect with my service dog, Scout. He grounds me and reminds me what’s good and beautiful. If I try to match his calm breathing, I’m usually back on track (if I catch it soon enough) within 5 minutes! He’s amazing.
JocelynMay 29, 2017 at 7:28 pm
I’ve been dealing with anxiety for many years, most of my life really. I’ve been using “square breathing” daily to help. You breathe in for the count of four, hold for four, breathe out for four and hold for four. I try to do this five minutes everyday. A very nice exercise and easy to fit in anywhere you may be.
ChristinaMay 29, 2017 at 7:47 pm
I’ve struggled with anxiety my whole life, but never been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Ever since I was a child I struggled with being more anxious than those around me and not being able to handle stress well at all. I always thought I was just overreacting and it wasn’t until I was in my 20’s that I accepted that I did have anxiety. Yoga has helped me cope with my anxiety a lot as well as journaling, but I’m always looking for more ideas to cope with it
Genevieve AdamsMay 29, 2017 at 8:16 pm
I try to remember to focus on my breathing. Having control over your breath puts you in charge and not the situation.
SoniaMay 29, 2017 at 9:28 pm
My first experience with anxiety is a little similar to yours Erin as it happened two yrs ago just as I was booking a trip to Italy. As soon as I saw the duration of the plane ride my heart started beating so fast I could barely breath. I didn’t know what was happening. My chest was tightening up and I literally needed to get up and walk out of the room.
It’s not like I hadn’t flown there before. I had been there 6 times. My only reasoning for all this was that it was the first time travelling with my two children for that amount of time that perhaps may have triggered it.
I remember googling yoga for anxiety because i had tried yoga in a studio before and somehow I was redirected to you. I came across your 30 day challenge and that’s when everything changed. Your breathing techniques and daily classes sent to my inbox were what saved me. I thank you so much for that!
I’m especially happy to see that someone else loves to de stress with wine, cheese and chocolate. Cheers!!
EricMay 29, 2017 at 9:32 pm
While I don’t have full blown anxiety, I do have periods of time when I have daily flashes about certain things. I made some short Playlists of 4-5 songs each that I matched to the few things that trigger the flash. I have found playing them 1,2, or 3 times usually settles things down
MeganMay 29, 2017 at 10:10 pm
After I finished high school, I had a trainee job that I absolutely hated. I began getting what I know now to be, panic attacks.
I found the simplest way to tackle it, was to acknowledge them. Once I got to know the feeling of a creeping panic attack, I would remind myself that I was in control, not my anxiety. 6 years down the track, I still practice these meditation, breathing techniques and yoga to take control of my own mind and body. <3
JessiAnnMay 29, 2017 at 10:28 pm
A wonderfully timed post as always.
I am a full time teacher and getting my masters on top of that, which seems like another full-time job. This past semester, when several deadlines came together, I had several “mini breakdown fits” as I’ll call them. Crying helps some and I’ve tried meditation, but have a hard time committing to it. I got the Perfect Body Yoga program in January and that helped to for a while. Also, having lunch with friends is also a great break, although it’s hard to remember it when you’re in the middle of the stress. Right now that I have a smallish break, I’ve been trying to make lists of what I’m grateful for. So far that has helped change my attitude. I know I need to work on integrating more calming routines into my life to help me out when I”m in the midst of a crazy semester again. So, here’s hoping the next and final year of my masters is a bit less anxious.
Just Trying To BreatheMay 29, 2017 at 10:30 pm
Yes, I have anxiety and occasionally panic attacks. I also deal with phobias, mainly driving which is devastating to me. I still drive but I have limits these days. I never had an accident, just one day I started getting panic attacks in the car and it changed my life drastically. It’s my secret and only a handful of people know this about me. I make many excuses and find ways to get rides places I want to go if I don’t feel comfortable driving myself. I do hypnosis, some meditation, run, and I should probably do more yoga 😉
JESSICA DURHAMMay 29, 2017 at 10:36 pm
I have lived with anxiety my entire life (I’m 46). I had 2 very bad episodes. 1) driving on a busy interstate in a LONG construction zone. I had to exit. By the time I got pulled into the closest gas station, I was shaking uncontrollably. 2) during my YTT I fell into a panic attack just thinking about what I was going to have to do & knowing it was going to be wrong. No yoga breathing was going to get me out of those situations but neither did my medication. I have since been put on different medication, completed the YTY and am now teaching yoga. My yoga practice, the classes I teach & my quiet moments alone (along with my meds) help me immensely.
KarenMay 29, 2017 at 11:09 pm
Taking time in nature or even just in a quiet space helps to initially calm my anxiety. When I am busy or stressed by anxiety gets much worse and I find myself worrying about illogical things and “checking” on things like if I locked the door- sometimes multiple times. My husband helps me by always checking thout doors before he goes to bed. That way it is off my mind. I can definitely use some help for times when I feel out of control.
EleishaMay 29, 2017 at 11:12 pm
I think my first proper panic/anxiety attack happened when I was 14 or 15 years old. Since then (now almost 24) I have dealt with anxiety in almost all areas of my life (coupled with depression). I do tend to use avoidance as much as possible to cope, to be honest, but I find that getting out in nature helps me loads. it’s just so calming and quiet. I find the longer I stay cooped up inside the harder it gets to leave my house when it comes time to interact with the world (eg: work) and so by trying to get outside into nature daily, even just into my backyard, helps me so much with when that time comes.
NatalieMay 29, 2017 at 11:14 pm
I’ve dealt with anxiety since I was about 13 but it has reached an all time high these past two years. I’m fast approaching my 30th birthday and it’s occurring to me that this disorder may be a life-long companion for me. I’ve seen therapists, I practice (and teach) yoga, *try* to meditate regularly, I recently started seeing an accupuncturist – trying everything to manage my stress and help curb my anxiety flare-ups.
For me personally, teaching yoga and meditation has been one of the single best ways for me to cope with my anxiety. I find that in the time I’m with my students, I’m focused solely on them and what I’m teaching. As a result, the time and energy I would normally be expending worrying about a myriad of (unnecessary, redundant, absurd) things can be channeled into something productive that also relieves my mind a bit. I honestly don’t think my students have any idea how much they help ME when I get to teach a class. I’m so grateful for the responsibility to hold space and get out of my own head for a bit.
Daniel TezakMay 29, 2017 at 11:47 pm
Deep breathing helps calm me.
JacquieMay 29, 2017 at 11:50 pm
I first became aware of my anxiety three years ago, as I was in the middle of a really stressful time at a new job. I’ve been doing my best to manage it ever since (to varying degrees of success), and through that have realised that I’ve actually exhibited signs of anxiety ever since I was a kid. Aside from yoga and meditation I’ve noticed that diet makes a big difference for me – my anxiety is more likely to flare up if I’ve been out on the town that weekend or indulged in one too many burgers at the pub. I’ve also recently discovered (and become addicted to) crocheting as a form of relaxation.
Congratulations to Caroline on the publication of your book, and thank you for sharing your story with us.
CarolynMay 30, 2017 at 12:04 am
I have always been an anxious person, but things started to really get bad a couple years ago. I felt like I couldn’t breathe for weeks, I was gasping for air and couldn’t get a deep breath in. I had full on panic attacks where it felt like my throat was closing up, would jerk awake at night feeling like I had stopped breathing, and eventually ended up in the emergency room. I’m on meds now which have really been a life changer. For me, the biggest thing that helps is knowing and owning that it’s anxiety, and that a panic attack won’t kill me. Yoga, cardio exercise, lot’s of honest conversations with friends and family, and hiking all help me manage it.
Arthur SantiagoMay 30, 2017 at 12:07 am
The best way for me to de-stress is to do something pleasant like cuddling with my cats (I heard that their purring also have healing properties and it helps us to reduce anxiety levels!), listening to my favourite songs, going for a ride or a walk, or swimming. Comfort food helps sometimes, but it is my last alternative or when I am awfully stressed. And, of course, doing yoga <3
Jillian TarvesMay 30, 2017 at 12:31 am
I’ve suffered from anxiety since high school. My best de-stress method when things get too much is a grounding exercise I learned in therapy. Find & name 5 things you can see, 4 things you can hear, 3 things you can touch, 2 things you can smell, and 1 thing you can taste. I follow this up with some meditation (usually a guided walking meditation).
Mindy KarethMay 30, 2017 at 5:33 am
Caring for an aging parent, trying to clean her house to prep for selling and her being demanding and angry at me has left me anxious and angry a lot of the times.. I realize a lot of things I’m anxious about, is beyond my control and that is probably the problem, and I tend to blow it out of proportion, tho I know this, I loose control and start getting heavy in the chest and head starts hurting along with the heartbeat increasing.. The more I try to relax and breath, the more I totally loose it.. Don’t really want to go for medication, but thinking that might be my only hope .. I could use some help
SatahMay 30, 2017 at 7:04 am
Anxiety. My old “friend”. My enemy. My internal roommate for so many years. I have been on medication for years for anxiety. Sometimes it’s so completely debilitating that I am unable to function. Since I began doing yoga consistently about 3 years ago I have become even more self aware. Dare I say it may have even brought more anxiety at times. When you truly get to know yourself you can see the good and the bad. Both can give you anxiety but especially being in touch with the bad stuff. I pretty much cannot get enough about how to conquer anxiety because I will try anything. I love to here others experiences. Other people’s takes on anxiety. And can it really be conquered? What can a person do to live with it. Will I always have to have medication? I really hope not.
EvaMay 30, 2017 at 7:35 am
I was diagnosed with PTSD and generalizes anxiety disorder at 17. My therapist at the time would do walking sessions with me where we walked and talked through my jumble of a brain. So now when I’m stressed I walk A LOT. When the bulk of the energy is spent I meditate to focus so I can figure out why I’m feeling the stress. It’s a tweak on the technique that allows me to have an internal conversation with myself so I can identify the trigger and figure out how to resolve the situation or if there’s even anything I can do to resolve the problem. For me it works.
Bunny Roberts-HearnMay 30, 2017 at 8:14 am
I’ve suffered with generalised anxiety disorder, social phobia, agoraphobia, depression, suicidal ideation, self harm, dissociative identity disorder and an eating disorder, as well as several physical health problems, for a number of years now. I’m completely house bound. Practically everything makes me anxious. My Husband is my full time carer. We are 24 years old and dont really have a life. It sucks.
However… Careful yoga, meditation and our fluffy babies (two small dogs and a cat) have been helping me to make small steps in the right direction. It is painfully slow progress, but it is still progress. I haven’t been out in over half a year and the last time I did was to go to the doctors. But very slowly, I’m feeling more comfortable with things, and I’m hoping that in a year or two, we can go on a date. And I’m hoping that beyond that, I can get some higher education and a job. And we have been wanting a family since we were 15 and started trying at 17, but bad health got in the way. So we are hoping for a family too.
I have a long way to go. And I still feel helpless a lot of the time. But anything at all that helps me to find some inner strength is helpful. Obviously I want the book. Everyone here does. But to be honest, this also just gave me an opportunity to unload some things. And that in itself has been helpful.
Thank you for giving me something to focus on with each of your emails. Sorry for the long post.
Marissa HaynesMay 30, 2017 at 9:22 am
I have been dealing with anxiety for a very long time in my life. At first, I didn’t know what I was feeling was anxiety I thought it was just life. When I finally found a word for the feelings I was experiencing I was ablr to recognize triggers and identify ways to help. Thoughful reflection, self care and forgiving oneself have helped me overcome that darkness. Although I will never be “cured” of anxiety knowing I can overcome it and not alone always helps. Learning new strategies and ways to combat anxiety is always welcome in my mental toolbox! Yoga, journaling, cooking, reading and watching movies are some ways that I decompress and fend off anxious feelings.
I applaud you for your transparency and the support here for all! Peace to all in this ohana.
ShelleyMay 30, 2017 at 9:56 am
Someone very close to me has serious anxiety issues and I wish I could help her step away from it and enjoy life more.
DawnMay 30, 2017 at 10:07 am
My fav way to de-stress is yoga and working out. On days when I dont do them – i feel off and low. The days are rough for me. Any sort of activity, biking, running, yoga.
Brandon RobertsMay 30, 2017 at 10:08 am
Silly, Successful, Superstar, Sexy ,or whatever you want to visualize just not stupid. For we ellavate through so many different unique human experiences. So really I am thanking our undying passion to love our pursuits to happiness. I LOVE BAD YOGIS perfect whole and complete just the way we are…peace tribe
Suzan GampperMay 30, 2017 at 10:26 am
My number one brain soother is yoga class. I have found nothing like it to even me out, but since I injured my shoulder on Friday, I’m headed to number two right now-my bathtub. Epsom salts and essential oils to the rescue. Honoring my body, also means letting it rest when it needs it. Love you! Keep up the good fight!!
Jessica DarleneMay 30, 2017 at 10:40 am
My favourite way to de-stress is to drink Aveda Tea, listen to ocean waves, and do a gentle yoga practice!
Enter me for the contest please!
JennaMay 30, 2017 at 11:03 am
Anxiety has been a part of my life for more years than I care to admit, but the things I find really help are meditation, yoga, and relaxing with a warm cup of tea. Although meditating can be tricky when my anxiety levels are really high, I do notice a different in my day-to-day mood when I include it in my routine. I also love yoga because it releases all the tension I carry in my muscles, especially my neck, shoulders and back. I would LOVE to read this book.
LauraMay 30, 2017 at 11:14 am
Anxiety is a killer for me, it breeds so much more like doubt, insecurity, over-thinking, worry, and fear. When I feel it creep up I’ve found there are two things that are the best remedy for me – meditation and talking it out with my BFF’s (my mini tribe!).
Rebecca GodwinMay 30, 2017 at 12:11 pm
Stress and anxiety are big issues for me. I doubt myself, I overthink, and sometimes this leads to things like depression. Yoga has been a big help in dealing with anxiety for me. Meditation, practicing, and being outdoors (sometimes for a nice hard run if I need to physically work some things out) are my favorite de-stressers and anxiety reducers.
Stoked about the chance to win one of these books!
CindyMay 30, 2017 at 12:19 pm
Anxiety is creeping up on me from time to time right now… I am about to look for a new job. I like my current job and I love the people at work but I know I want to find a job where I can thrive and feel like I accomplish something. But thinking about leaving my “work-family” and the fact that I don’t know yet what profession/work area it will be gives me little panic attacks. So, I try to calm down by telling myself that I will find something I will like, look back at what I have achieved so far in my life, and then I focus on relaxing: watching my favorite TV-Shows and afterwards yoga to calm down entirely. Sometimes, I also go for a walk, sit down in a nice café and just breathe (so, being present in the moment, I guess). The past six weeks I realized how much yoga and walking around in the park is helping in these situations.
LaurenMay 30, 2017 at 12:45 pm
My favorite way of de-stressing is yoga, meditation and binge-watching Friends =)
DevonMay 30, 2017 at 1:09 pm
My favorite, most effective way to distress is exercise! (including yoga) 🙂
AndreaMay 30, 2017 at 2:36 pm
Yoga + meditation. And reading the Bible. And just being outdoors in general always lifts my mood 🙂
KatieMay 30, 2017 at 2:42 pm
I have been dealing with depression and anxiety for about 15 years now. I’ve hit lots a rough patches, but finding ways to manage it has definitely helped. My natural remedies include yoga, walking, watching funny sitcoms, making sure to take time for myself, and using lots and lots of lavender. I also enjoy reading articles and books that help me relate to others. I try not to watch the news too much and have distanced myself from negative people in my life. I’m still working it, but I am becoming very self-aware and am more confident every day.
Tiffany RodriguezMay 30, 2017 at 2:55 pm
I am so new to Yoga, I started with you on your 10 day I am challenge. I have been loving my journey since I started. I actually started doing yoga with you to help with my anxiety. I got really sad last year due to being held back a semester in nursing school. It’s not a failure it’s a mere setback. I am going to graduate just a semester later. I was having such a hard time with it. A friend told me about your website, and I started following it. I love the things you teach, how to be yourself and also a yoga person. I am far from a yogi lol. I have been learning to love myself in a whole new way this year, and I have found that giving me “ME” time is exactly what I needed. I do what I want… Whether it’s do a flow of yoga, read a book, tan in my backyard, play with my dog, drink some coffee/tea while eating something chocolate… It doesn’t matter, in the moment it’s what I want to do and be happy and content. I also write affirmations about myself down. It’s amazing how I think about myself in such a happier way now that I tell myself good things when I am feeling down. “you got this girl.” “you can do this.” “you are smart.” stuff like that, helped me see me in a whole new way. I am glad that I have been following such good people that teach self love. Heaven knows i’ve needed it the last few months. Thanks for the opportunity to win and thanks again for such a wonderful inspiring page to follow. You truly rock!
NatalieMay 30, 2017 at 3:38 pm
I read and do yoga to de-stress, and it is very effective. 😊
ShannonMay 30, 2017 at 4:30 pm
I’ve struggled with anxiety for basically my whole life. I’ve been diagnosed with panic disorder and an unspecified anxiety disorder and I know how much it sucks! Therapy and meditation has been the most helpful for me.
TrudeMay 30, 2017 at 4:47 pm
I think I’ve had a little social anxiety all my life. Not in the form of a diagnose. My mother always called me shy. I have red lately about introverts, and i think i like that description for me too. Although I am trying to crawl out of my shell. 🙂
RebeccaMay 30, 2017 at 6:39 pm
Taking a breathing/meditation break really helps me.
lynne mooreMay 30, 2017 at 8:30 pm
I have a little bit of social anxiety. I practically won’t go to a party with friends unless I can have the option to cling to my husband. Or be someone else’s option to cling to… I am fine going places by myself for my own reasons tho. (Like, lunch out by myself is ok.)
My daughter suffers more than me. And no surprise she has a group of friends who are similar. Although having control of her own schedule and life has forced her to deal on her own and she is doing better.
The illusion of control is the thing. I need to find something I can “control” and focus on it. I talk about doing the laundry a lot more than I have actual laundry to do.
Tammy GordonMay 30, 2017 at 8:33 pm
Favorite way to destress -reading. 🙂
JaredMay 31, 2017 at 12:19 am
I’m a composer/creative with constant anxiety. I’ve always gone through life judging my choices be it social or professional. I’ve ruined potential opportunities because of my anxiety and fear. Recently my grandmother died, and my anxiety has amplified.
Recently, I do find committing to 15 minutes a day of just breathing can help. Sometimes longer.
LexiMay 31, 2017 at 4:19 am
I’ve been struggling with anxiety for years, especially during high school. Growing up, I have been able to find some methods that work for me that make my anxiety more easily manageable, but it’s always a battle.
What has been most helpful to me was making to-do lists, along with reminders, making a conscious effort to stop thinking about the things I need to do apart from when actually looking at the lists. And of course meditation, or even a small breathing exercise, helps significantly when I’m already pretty stressed.
Deni BuendorfMay 31, 2017 at 7:38 am
Yoga is the only thing that helps me with anxiety.
JennMay 31, 2017 at 8:45 am
Getting outdoors helps me. I love the fresh air and find my anxiety gets worse when cooped up inside.
Jennifer WicklanderMay 31, 2017 at 12:36 pm
I’ll be buying this book for sure!
I am challenged with PTSD which brings severe anxiety with it.
One thing that has pretty much saved my life is yoga – having a daily practice helps me to reconnect with my body and live in the moment.
I’m so happy that this book is out there… so many suffer from anxiety in silence and/or unnecessarily. These things need to be talked about!
Lauren Elizabeth McCallisterMay 31, 2017 at 12:44 pm
My favorite way to deal with anxiety/stress is to work in my gardens.
Holly CampingMay 31, 2017 at 4:28 pm
My favorite way to de-stress is to start my morning slow. A cup of coffee, a good book, and quiet really helps set my tone for the day. If that can’t happen (I have 3 kids under 8 lol), then I have tea before bed, and have a good cry. It helps to let it out.
Annamarie VMay 31, 2017 at 6:00 pm
I suffer from anxiety and it usually hits about once a year, I have been dealing with it for the past month and feel that I am almost back to normal and it’s has been hard. The one thing that help me the most is breathing exercises and water aerobics or just being in the pool.
MollyMay 31, 2017 at 8:12 pm
I stress over health sometimes. I destress with tea, yoga, prayer, hiking, exercise … and when it is health related with healthy eating and reminding myself that the good things I do impact my health, and that my body is working to heal 🙂
Laurie DrogowskiJune 1, 2017 at 4:47 am
I am still trying different things to cope, but currently I’m following you Erin and doing yoga and walking. It does help, but I don’t think my brain ever shuts up or down (which ever way you want to say it!) Love the title of the new book! Have a great day!
RhianneJune 1, 2017 at 6:26 am
My favourite ways to destress are walking, crochet and obviously yoga 🙂
shannon conanJune 2, 2017 at 8:18 am
I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder….Unfortunately at this point I have had to take a leave from work. Yoga, walking and Nature are my releases. I think sometimes we live in such a fast pace world. I am a wife, a mom, a new puppy mom , I work in the school system as well as teach 5 yoga classes a week. Teaching yoga is my passion…it fills my cup and I love sharing that fullness with my students. My goal is to move to being only a yoga teacher in the near future….Just putting the positive energy out there.