Does anyone else get August Anxiety?
I actually googled that once and there are a few websites that talk about August Anxiety but more in relation to S.A.D. I do have SAD, but it’s different than how I feel during August. For some reason August brings on extreme anxiety every year. Is it because summer is coming to an end? Is it because I need to make sure I have everything ready for the next school year? I don’t know. It started well before I started homeschooling. It’s hard to be a Christian with anxiety – especially when it’s a brain imbalance that you can’t control. You get labeled as a sinner or that you don’t have enough faith. (We’re all sinners, folks. And only God knows someone’s heart.)
I suffer from GAD and social anxiety. August magnifies it. I feel on edge and slightly like I’m going bonkers and it’s only in August that it’s this severe. I’d really like to pinpoint this fear but it has eluded me for years. Sometimes knowing the cause of the anxiety can help you determine how to remedy it, but in this case, I think I have to just accept that it’s there and go through it.
My best anxiety busters:
Lists help me feel in control – even if I don’t check things off the list just having one makes me feel more organized and grounded. They are practical as well because I can’t remember anything!
There are so many different types of essential oils that are supposed to help with anxiety, but the one blend I found that works best for me was made by aserum?ref=shop_home_active_30&frs=1″> little shop on Etsy called LeafNLucent
The shop has since changed their name, but when I purchased the roll-on it was called Luna’s Serum.
It combines natural sweet almond oil with organic essential oils (Lavender, cypress, vetiver, patchouli, frankincense.) I love it. I use it on my diffuser bracelet or directly on my skin (usually on my neck or on the bottom of my feet at night.) I’m not affiliated in any way with this shop, it just happens to be the best anxiety blend I’ve found – and I’ve tried many.
Coloring & Creativity
It may seem as a waste of time, but coloring actually does help with stress and anxiety. I’ve ALWAYS loved coloring – when my hubby and I were dating in college we would sit and color Winnie The Pooh together. I have several coloring books – different paper types for colored pencils/crayons/gel pens. Being creative has been shown to have a positive affect on your mental health. Don’t think of it as wasting time, think of it as self-care – which is important for you and for your family!
Hear me out on this one. Go outside for any amount of time. When your feet touch the earth it’s called “grounding,” and it actually does help improve your mood. If I go out to get the mail, it literally lifts my spirits. I believe God created the Earth and although we live in a fallen world, I believe God made the earth to help us in a variety of ways. Taking a nature walk, gardening or just sitting outside on a nice day can help you reconnect with God and with yourself.
Journaling could probably be added to the creativity category, but studies have shown that journaling and especially gratitude journaling is beneficial to your health:
- Gratitude opens the door to more relationships.
- Gratitude improves physical health.
- Gratitude improves psychological health.
- Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression.
- Grateful people sleep better.
- Gratitude improves self-esteem.
- Gratitude increases mental strength.
How gratitude helps anxiety:
To claim to be grateful for worrying about everything or having panic attacks not only won’t make the worry and panic disappear, it would be ridiculous. Being appreciative of things in your life doesn’t mean you have to be grateful for having anxiety. It also isn’t a magic wand that will “poof” away anxiety. But gratitude can rewire your brain to experience less anxiety. The effects of gratitude on health can be life-changing.
How gratitude changes your life:
- Gratitude helps you live well in spite of anxiety even though it doesn’t completely remove anxiety.
- Gratitude is a natural awakening of your ability to see past what’s making you anxious, not a feeling that is forced or superficial.
- Gratitude is a way of thinking and being every day, not a mere technique.
- Being grateful is a shift in how you view yourself and the world. It changes your focus from what is wrong to what is right.
Not sure where to start? This printable will help you organize your thoughts for the day. A to-do list, a self-care list and place for gratitude: I call it the Daily Plan For Joy. It’s a simple way to feel a little more control over things when anxiety is high. It’s not a cure by any means, but anything to give your brain a positive boost helps.