If summer makes you feel more chaotic than carefree and your anxiety is flaring up, you are not alone. Across the country parents are struggling to juggle family vacation, extracurricular activities, coordinating child care, and worrying about back to school. Before you spend all summer miserable and stressed out, try these helpful tips to keep your anxiety under control. For Raleigh mental health services you can trust, call Legacy Freedom.
Know What Triggers You
If certain times of day or activities are sources of stress and anxiety for you, then find ways to change your routine or avoid those situations. Maybe your anxiety peaks in the morning, when you are trying to get everyone out the door for their activities or in the evening when you come home from work and everyone rushes to tell you about their day. Set limits and rules for these situations. Let everyone know that these times are hard for you and take a few minutes for yourself to unwind. Enlist help from older kids for the morning rush by assigning tasks like making lunches or helping younger siblings with their shoes. In the evening, designate time during dinner for each family member to talk about their day.
Learn to Say No
With so many events, picnics, and other activities happening during the summer it's easy for your calendar to fill up and leave you feeling overwhelmed. Instead, look at what you are being asked to do or attend and prioritize your time with the events that you care about being present at. Saying no shouldn't make you feel bad. Manage your schedule so that you have time to take care of yourself and keep your anxiety and stress in check.
Take a Day Trip
Even if you can't afford to get out of town, take a day off from work and stay home. Turning off your phone and doing something you can enjoy can be just what you need to unwind and relax.
Set and Keep a Schedule
Going to bed and waking at the same time each day can help reduce the amount of anxiety you feel and ensure that you get adequate rest. Being overtired and confusing your internal body clock can add to the stress you feel.
Holistic Raleigh Mental Health Services
Legacy Freedom of Raleigh knows that taking time for yourself and admitting you need help managing your anxiety can be difficult. We believe in treating the whole person, not just your anxiety. Together with your therapist, you will work to get to the root of your anxiety and learn the causes and triggers of your negative feelings. Once you understand why you feel the way you do, learning positive ways to overcome these feelings will be crucial to help you manage recurring situations where you feel anxious.
With more than ten alternative therapies to choose from, your care team will be able to help you create a plan of care that is tailored to your needs, interests, and therapy goals. Getting started with compassionate and confidential mental health care is easy. Call or click to connect with Legacy Freedom today!
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