I recently attended a new conference. Being new triggered almost every anxiety that I have ever felt: Would I say the right thing? Would I make friends? Would they like me? Would I learn everything that I needed to? Did I choose the right path? Would I be successful?
These tips for relieving anxiety really spoke to me and I hope they can help you too. Whether you’re 5, 15, 25, or 50 there are things you can do to help manage and overcome anxiety, including:
1) Relax, really relax. Turn off devices and let your mind and body rest. Deep breathing, yoga, and tai chi are great ways to relax.
2) Take care of your body by eating healthy, sleeping enough, and getting the right amount of exercise.
3) Connect with others. Talk to family members or friends. Chances are they’ve had similar anxieties. Sharing concerns helps us not feel so isolated.
4) Connect with nature. Plan a hike or bike ride with friends and get out and have some fun!
5) Think positive. Instead of dwelling on what may go wrong, think of all the things that could go right and how cool they will be.
These tips are taken from http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/emotions/anxiety_tips.html. If you want read more about dealing with anxiety you can go to http://www.adaa.org/tips-manage-anxiety-and-stress. Stress and anxiety can increase tendencies to form addiction. A guide on this subject can be found by clicking on the button below or finding the website at http://oceanrecoverycentre.com/mental-health/anxiety-and-addiction-guide/.
In Is This Me? Amanda has a lot of anxiety. She is concerned about her relationship with friends, and the very sexy Doug Taylor. Additionally she need to keep her grades up. Like me, she will often deal with stress by taking a run. I know that is a big shocker! Additionally I may call a friend, turn on a tune, or splurge on something fun. What do you do to cope with anxiety? Let me know your ideas!
If you want some additional tips on healthy eating, exercise, and lifestyle you can find some on a website "positive health wellness" (https://www.positivehealthwellness.com/) or see the link below!
All the best,
*Tricia Copeland does not endorse any particular diet, eating, health, or exercise program. I only aim to pass along helpful information.
Happy Thursday from UtopYA 2015 Con in Nashville, TN! I’m so excited to be connecting face to face with all these amazing authors! Today is National Splurge Day and International Sushi Day…my suggestion and plan…splurge on sushi! I’m not sure Nashville is the best place to do that, but we’ll see. I definitely intend on taking advantage of being in the south and having grits for as many meals as possible!
Personally, I’m not a huge splurger. Is that a word? Microsoft Word definitely doesn’t think so. I don’t especially enjoy shopping unless it’s for running shoes. My manicure and pedicure was my most recent splurge. My husband on the other hand has much bigger splurges like cars and most recently a new mountain bike.
Every once in a while if I’m having a downer day I’ll spring for a new bottle of nail polish, a t-shirt, or book to lift my spirits. Everyone loves presents so I figure why not get one for myself. It’s a great pick me up. Plus if I go to the store it gets me out of the environment I’m in. Changing the pace of the day helps me clear my head and look at an issue in a different way. Usually by the time I get back form my outing I’ve figured out a solution to what was bothering me.
If you’re looking for something to splurge on here are a couple of ideas from scoopwhoop.com. Their top picks include a good laptop (a must), a study bike (always a good thing to have), a Lazy Boy couch (great for hanging out with friends), travel (can be educational too), instruments (help you be well rounded and look way cool), parties (duh!), music festivals (way fun!), headphones (obligatory accessory), adventure sports (just for the rush), a DSLR (gotta have your good pics), a bed (sleep is very important), food (who wants to eat Ramen noodles all the time?), tattoos (just because), funky hairdos (express yourself), wacky clothes (because you can), educational courses (learning stuff is cool), backpacks (gotta have somewhere to stash your stuff), and gaming consoles (who doesn’t want one of those?) (http://www.scoopwhoop.com/inothernews/buy-cool-stuff-young/).
Of these I have a laptop and I travel so maybe I’m not doing too bad. I’ve bought instruments and gaming consoles for my kids. Does that count? In Is This Me? Amanda doesn’t splurge a lot, save on her perfect cup of Joe and favorite breakfast muffin. She likes learning languages, watching movies, music, and books, and I would imagine she might splurge on those products. What are the top things to splurge on?
All the best,
Unlike in Is This Me? it's summer! It's hard for me to think about work during the summer, but alas I must. I doubt you want to think about courses, so I thought I’d talk about travel. My favorite college vacation was a beach getaway. This particular trip occurred after my sophomore year and was the last before I became financially self-reliant, in other words broke!
In Georgia, where I grew up, beaches were the most popular summer destinations, being close and relatively inexpensive. Here in Colorado students head to the mountains for river rafting, hiking 14ers, rock climbing, biking, and spelunking. Others take in local concerts or travel to music festivals around the country.
If you’re looking for something with a growth or learning component you may want to check out USA Today’s article on four trips every college student should take at http://college.usatoday.com/2015/05/23/4-field-trips-college-students-should-take-this-summer/. They list visiting and volunteering on farms and in schools, or heading to an art museum or professional conference.
The website Live Clever tells us that vacations have many benefits including increasing life span, improving mental health, helping us reconnect with loved ones, gaining self-confidence, finding inspiration, and being more productive (http://www.lifeclever.com/7-great-benefits-of-taking-a-vacation-and-how-to-do-it/). The article offers insight on how to take a great stress-relieving vacation! College students, adults, and kids alike can all benefit from a great R&R break. Personally, I ‘m off to Hawaii for the first time and I can’t wait!
Tell me about your favorite vacations spots and have a wonderful summer! Don't forget to sign up for my e-newsletter and stay tuned for more fun content!
Today is National Best Friend's Day. I have been lucky enough to have many amazing friendships throughout my life. These friendships are important to me and I work at sustaining them. In Is This Me? Amanda chooses to hide her disappointments and frustrations from her closest friends. Like Amanda, it wasn't always the case that I felt that sharing the ups, downs, highs, and lows of life was beneficial. For a period when I was young I believed that I should be strong and not burden friends with negative feelings or insecurities. What I learned is that all of what we feel makes us human and sharing with others binds us together. WebMD reports that having friends can help us live longer (see http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/good-friends-are-good-for-you). The Centre for Confidence and Well Being says: "Among children, attributes such as social competence, altruism, self-esteem and self-confidence have been found to be positively correlated to having friends. Friends are also there to reduce the stress and challenging developmental experiences that we are faced with particularly during adolescence and early adulthood."Today, my friends are some of the most important relationships in my life and I cherish being with them through the highs and lows!
Happy Best Friends Day!
You can find the Centre for Confidence and Well Being article at (http://www.centreforconfidence.co.uk/flourishing-lives.php?p=cGlkPTIwMSZpZD03ODg=")
So excited to officially launch Is This Me? I started this novel seven years ago as a hobby. Creating Amanda's world entertained me for many nights. The first manuscript I sent to my wonderful editor and friend, Tia Silverthorne Bach, was twice the length of this first novel. She immediately sent it back and said, "Nope, two books!"
Many thanks to all those who helped with my book including beta readers Danielle, Sara, Frances, and Cheryl, my cover designer Daryl A. McCool who brought Amanda to life, Jo Michaels my formatter, Mollie Turbeville my proofreader, and of course Tia my editor.
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