Yes, Self Care Is Still Important

Anxiety is a debilitating condition, and let's face it: over the past few weeks, there's been a lot to be anxious about. Between historic storms, horrific and cruel laws that are being passed, and our news feeds in general, my own anxiety has been peaking lately. I feel like I am perpetually on pins and needles, and sometimes, it literally feels as if I can't breathe. 

When we think about all the things going on in the world right now, it may seem selfish to practice self-care. But seriously, no hurricane victim will be helped if you hyperventilate. And skipping a bubble bath might seem sacrificial to you, but it won't do anything to allay the fears of a Dreamer. But you know what will make a difference? You, at your best. 

You at your best can actually think through problems and get to solutions. And anxiety is not you at your best. So, here are some things that I've learned seriously help when I'm anxious.

1. Stay Busy

If I'm busy, I can't obsess. If I can't obsess, I don't hyper-ventilate. It's that simple. 

2. Breathe

It's one of the easiest things we do, but if you pay attention, you'll notice you're often not doing it well, especially in those moments you've got a pit in your stomach. Take the time for some deep inhales and you'll be amazed at how much better you feel. Specifically, inhale 3 times in a row, then let out one long exhale. I use that before I go on stage often, and it always calms me down. 

3. Immerse Yourself In Water

I don't know why this works, but it does -- a bubble bath, a swim, or even a shower will always make me feel better. Salt water, especially, seems to help. 

4. Plant Based Diet

I always feel better when I eat my greens. Upping my veggie intake makes my anxiety practically disappear -- however, eating bread makes it worse. Pay attention to what helps you and what makes you feel worse. You might be surprised. 

There is no reason to suffer, because your suffering doesn't take away anyone else's. Practice great self care so you can be of help when called upon to do so.