When you live in the modern world and you have a million things to juggle from ensuring your children are well looked safer and happy, to running the home and a busy job, then it is not surprising that anxiety often rears its head to render you hopeless.
The good news is, these days, there are lots of things you can do to find your calm and get to grips with your anxiety once and for all in 2024, as you will see below…
- CBD – Not Just for Hipsters
CBD is kind of like the kale of the wellness world – it’s ubiquitous and it often leaves you rolling your eyes wondering where it’s worth it, but it actually might help take the edge off your anxiety. No, you won’t get high – as this piece on THC vs CBD will explain – but you might feel a bit more chill while sorting laundry and dealing with tantrums.
- The Power of ‘No’
Learn the art of saying ‘no’. You don’t have to bake 50 cupcakes for the school fair. No, you don’t need to chair another committee. Your time is precious – guard it like the last piece of chocolate in the house.
- Meditation – 5 Minutes Can Do Wonders
I hear you, “Who has time to meditate?” But honestly, even five minutes can help. Lock yourself in the bathroom, sit on the loo (lid down), and breathe. It’s like a tiny spa break without the cucumber slices.
- Exercise – Dance It Out
Exercise is a great anxiety-buster. And no, I don’t mean running marathons (unless that’s your thing). Put on some music and have a dance party in the kitchen. It’s fun, and your kids might join in – or stare at you like you’ve lost it, which is entertaining too.
- Write It Down – Unload Your Brain
Keep a journal. Write down your worries, your to-do list, or the lyrics to Baby Shark (just kidding, please don’t). It’s like offloading the contents of your busy brain onto paper.
- Laugh – It’s Good Medicine
Laugh, a lot. Watch a comedy, read a funny book, or swap hilarious parenting fails with friends. Laughter really can be the best medicine, especially if it’s about something like accidentally using nappy cream as toothpaste.
- Healthy Eating – Fuel Your Body and Mind
Try to eat well. Yes, leftover chicken nuggets and cold coffee count as a meal, but maybe throw in a vegetable or fruit now and then. Think of it as putting premium fuel in your minivan.
- Sleep – The Holy Grail of Parenting
Sleep when you can. Yes, I know, “sleep when the baby sleeps” is the most laughable advice ever, but try to grab rest when possible. Even 20 minutes can make a difference. It’s like a system reboot for your brain.
- Connect with Others
Talk to other parents. Share your worries, triumphs, and ‘I accidentally locked myself out of the house’ stories. It’s reassuring to know you’re not alone in this wild ride called parenting.
- Professional Help – Don’t Be Afraid to Seek It
Lastly, if anxiety is taking the wheel and driving you up the wall, seek professional help. There’s no shame in it. It’s like calling in a superhero when your powers are a bit low.
Get to grips with your anxiety and show it the door in 2024. You got this!