My anxieties over the last few months and the changes I have made.

I haven’t been around social media for the past few months. I took a complete break. My anxieties were too high to think properly.

I get these stages when I am on a roll, I feel happy, positive and loving life, then bam… I start that slow spiral down and down very quickly. I keep smiling and act as normal as I can at work and around my kids.

Well as normal as I can, I get snappy and my girls know I am not good. That in turn makes me feel bad because I shouldn’t be snappy. I shouldn’t shut my husband out and avoid talking at work if I don’t have too.

I have been back to the see my GP, he has put me on Amitriptyline in hope it can steady my mood and reduce my tension headaches and migraines which we are all convinced is caused by my mood.

My back has also been playing up, my back really doesn’t like those little chairs in Year 1. I have been off work for a few days while the Chiropractor works his magic.

I have recently been reflecting on what could be causing my mood changes this time, and what I can do to keep myself on a more positive mindful approach.

  • I have reduced my caffeine intake and gone caffeine free in Tea and coffee.
  • I have increased my water intake. I am so bad at drinking water.
  • I have also reduced my alcohol intake, alcohol doesn’t agree with my medication which is a bonus. One JD and coke is enough.
  • I brought a book weeks ago which has just been sitting on my bedside cabinet, I have read a few pages but now I am determined to read the whole book. Every evening before bed I am going to settle down and read.

By making these small changes I am hoping I am starting to listen to my body. I think I have eaten far too much junk food, drank too much caffeine and neglected my body over the last few months.

Now is the time to get back to looking after me.

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16 Comments

  1. January 19, 2019 / 8:41 am

    Hope you see the results of your changes soon. Sending you lots of good, positive vibes.

    • Rach
      Author
      January 19, 2019 / 7:47 pm

      Thank you, I will write a post about my results soon 🙂

  2. Iesha
    January 19, 2019 / 9:23 am

    Great post! Very relatable to women in general but specifically for the moms who ignore those anxiety warning signs like me and try to keep going.

    • Rach
      Author
      January 19, 2019 / 7:46 pm

      Thank you, I hope my post can help women act on anxiety instead of ignoring it. I know it can be hard but it is healthier for us to deal with it here and now before it gets worse.

  3. January 19, 2019 / 9:48 am

    I really need to cut down on caffeine and drink more water. Thanks to your prompt I will try and do some extra reading too x

    • Rach
      Author
      January 19, 2019 / 7:44 pm

      Cutting down on the caffeine has really helped me. I find drinking from a bottle of water is easier than drinking glasses of water but i’m not sure why. I am really enjoying reading again 🙂

  4. January 19, 2019 / 10:08 am

    It sounds like you’re taking really positive steps. My husband suffers with anxiety and has recently cut down on caffeine and found it’s really helped.

    • Rach
      Author
      January 19, 2019 / 7:41 pm

      Decaf has really helped me. Glad it’s helped your husband too. I was a huge caffeine junkie before!

  5. January 19, 2019 / 12:30 pm

    I think you’ve certainly taken good steps to looking after yourself. I drink decaf tea after 7pm otherwise I’m staring at the ceiling all night. I gave up alcohol over 4 years ago and it helped my moods hufely. I’m more present for my son and wouldn’t change it. I wish you luck x

    • Rach
      Author
      January 19, 2019 / 7:40 pm

      Isn’t it interesting that what we eat and drink affect our mood. I am watching my triggers and looking into what is actually in the food and drink me and my family are consuming. Thank you 🙂

  6. January 19, 2019 / 12:59 pm

    I feel your pain with the migraines, amatryptaline is the next thing to try for mine according to my GP, hope they work for you. X

    • Rach
      Author
      January 19, 2019 / 7:38 pm

      So far so good. I hope if you try them they work for you. Migraines are awful!

  7. January 19, 2019 / 6:42 pm

    Good luck! I’m in a similar place and with similar causes, but I’m not ready to tackle it head-on just yet.

    • Rach
      Author
      January 19, 2019 / 7:36 pm

      Thank you. I’m sure when you are ready you will succeed.

  8. January 19, 2019 / 7:45 pm

    Exercise always helps my anxiety x

    • Rach
      Author
      January 19, 2019 / 7:52 pm

      Yes i have heard it helps a lot. I do like to walk and try to get out for long walks with my girls when we can.

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