Coping with Anxiety: a New Strategy

I've mentioned it here and there, but I struggle with anxiety. Like Holly, my general anxiety level sits on the higher end of the spectrum. Kyra likes to refer to me sometimes as his "anxious butterfly." Somehow, he made seem much more lovely than it actually is; I blame it on his inner-song writer :)

Sometimes, I get overwhelmed with my to-do list of things I'd like to improve when it comes to my personal well-being, as well as things around the apartment. It gets to the point where I feel like there's so much to do that I just shut down and don't do any of it. Because of this, I've come up with a new strategy to help reduce my anxiety while still getting things checked off my to-do list.

Each week, I am going to pick 2 goals to work on: one personal and one apartment-related. I'm hoping that by focusing on one thing at a time, I will not get overwhelmed and will start to incorporate these positive changes on a regular basis.

This week, I am going to wear a full-face of makeup to work. Usually, I just put on foundation, blush and a little mascara. When I put on a little more makeup, I feel prettier and look less tired. For me, feeling prettier means feeling better about myself. Also, if I don't look as tired as I am, I'm hoping to trick myself into feeling more awake. Who knows, it may just work!

When I'm in the restroom, I won't see the dark circles in the mirror, I will see the whole person looking back at me. Sometimes, its the little things that can make all the difference in the world!

As far as my apartment-related goal, I am going to focus on getting the laundry caught up and put away. It's kinda piled up at the moment, and it needs some serious attention. By working on a little bit every night this week, it will get it done, and I won't have to stare at the piles of dirty laundry anymore!

Anyway, I'm trying to be honest here. Remember, there's a real person sitting on the other side of the computer screen, and what's presented on mine or any other blog for that matter isn't always the whole picture. As I share my story, I hope that if you are struggling with something that you know you aren't alone. It's not all sunshine and rainbows all the time! We're in this crazy life together :)

Sorry for the lack of pictures. No one wants to see the dark circles under my eyes or piles of dirty laundry...



  1. Hey Tori! I think this is a great idea! I wouldn't say that I have anxiety that would be rated as top of the charts, but I do struggle with feeling overwhelmed with my to do list (both at work and at home). I guess that's just part of the struggle for all of us. :) I have been trying to do this same system, but by month. Giving myself a list of tasks I wanted to accomplish each month....usually things that I had been putting off for really no reason at all. I think two a week is even better, though, and may switch over to your system! Thanks for sharing and keep us posted on how it's working out!

  2. Email me your address. I have new bottles of Lumiday with your name on it. You will love your dark circles in two days. LOL

  3. I too have the same issues. My anxiety and depression got really bad recently and I am just now getting it under control. Like you, I get overwhelmed easily and I'm constantly making lists of ways to improve myself, life, home, kids and so on. I'm glad to know that I'm not alone!

  4. It is so easy for us to get tunnel vision, assuming no one has struggles, and that we are all alone. Thank you for reminding me that everyone has struggles, and no one is alone :)

    I look forward to hearing about how setting goals eases your anxiety - I turn to either a) and OCD monster compulsively cleaning crevices, or exercise like a feen to ease the stress/anxiety.

    Thank you for continuing to share your brave journey.


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