Living with Anxiety in the Real World

"As an Educator in the Nail Industry I see more and more women putting pressure on themselves and letting anxiety taking over. If you are one of these women (there are a lot of us!), read on"

Living in a society that revolves around economy and content can be difficult at the best of times, so coping while balancing business, home and social lives is another level entirely. As women in the Beauty Industry we are balancing more than ever. We put our heart and souls into our work and it’s hard not to take it personally when someone is unhappy with us, or even just when we are spread too thin.

If you have lived with anxiety for awhile, many of the tips in this article may be familiar to you already. However as an Educator in the Nail Industry I see more and more women putting pressure on themselves and letting anxiety taking over. If you are one of these women (there are a lot of us!), read on.

It’s hard to face the big wide world, especially when you’re on your knees in a crumpled mess with a guttural fear that the world is ending. The truth is though, the world still turns, the clocks still tick and life outside of your anxiety is still working perfectly.

So how do we cope when anxiety becomes a regular visitor? The control you have over this situation often comes down to your overall mindset.

There are two choices when you face anxiety.

  1. Let it rule your life while you rely on your support systems to get you through each day
  2. Choose how it affects you and actively do something about it so you can live with minimal impact

The idea of “changing your mindset” might be one of the biggest insults you hear when you have anxiety, no better than “just don’t be anxious”. It doesn’t mean to ignore everything you feel or to forget your anxiety, but to think of a way to deal with it differently so you can still get through the day without giving in to that ultimate sinking feeling.

There are methods to help you cope – methods I use every day whether I’m at home having a quiet one, or I’m teaching a room full of students how to become Nail Technicians. Here’s how I manage my anxiety -

  1. One of the biggest contributors to anxiety is overthinking. When our minds are always racing with the what now, overthinking adds on the what’s next, what’s tomorrow, and what’s later today? To combat that, we need to focus on one thing at a time. Have you ever heard the phrase “I can’t just drop everything and ...”? Well here’s the thing, you CAN!

    The best coping mechanism I’ve found when living with anxiety on a daily basis? Stop what you’re doing, find a quiet place and breathe. The world will still revolve while you take a one-minute break. Nothing will crash or burst into flames. Let your feelings wash over you. You’re allowed to cry or be angry or just feel, but accept that you have these feelings and that they are valid.

    Re-centering yourself won’t cure everything and there are far more techniques to discover when you go through the right means but it can help on those days where anxiety is just always there and you can’t shake the feeling.
  2. Another way of working through bad days is to over prepare. If you take a minute to think about all the worst case scenarios that might happen during your day, you can easily get overwhelmed. Counter that by being prepared for the worst case scenarios, eliminating the need for the ‘what ifs’. You may not resolve your core anxiety, but you will your daily worry less impactful.
  3. Lastly I highly recommend a loving supporting group, be it family, friends or co-workers. At the end of the day, they want the best for you. If you can be comfortable to tell them something you need to get off your chest, I’m positive they’ll listen and support you.

Living with anxiety is tough, especially when you have work from 9-5 and you aren’t able to take a day off when the weight of the world is too much – but by working through things bit by bit, we can all work together and get through the day one step at a time.

x Janelle

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