10 Ways You Can Battle Anxiety

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Hello beautiful people!

Today I wanted to talk a little bit about how you can battle anxiety. As May is Mental Health month, I figured hey, why not discuss it? I normally don’t go into detail about anxiety, since I’m sort of self-conscious about dealing with it, but who knows, there could be someone out there that needs to hear this.

For starters, I wanted to point out that these tips might not work 100% for everyone who struggles with anxiety. I realize it can be a serious mental health issue for a lot of people, so making these simple changes might not prove effective for everyone. These are only ways that I’ve found that help me and my personal experience with anxiety, so if you struggle with this and feel that these tips will not help you, I encourage you to seek help from a professional adult/councilor that can give you what you need to overcome it. But if you struggle with anxiety, I want you to know that you won’t have to go through it forever. I believe that you can overcome this. You got this.

1. Surround yourself with things that make you feel happy, or comforted.

For me, environments like these are either under the covers with Netflix and chocolate, or surrounded by family and friends at church or even at home. If you don’t have any environments like these available, the one main place that I encourage you to go to is church. (I know some of y’all might not be Christians, but even if you aren’t, it can help more than you know. Whenever I’m at church, I always get the feeling of peace. I can’t really explain it, but it’s like my mind is distracted from worry to whatever the sermon/lesson is on instead.)

2. Have an accountability person you can go to. 

I don’t talk to many people about my anxiety, but when I do I come to people I feel I can keep accountable for what I confide to them. To me, these are close friends or family members, but for others it could be a preacher, a councilor, or even a teacher or parent if there’s no other options. Even if these people don’t personally experience anxiety, chances are they’ve had encounters with it through friends or events. One of my best friends is one of the people I go to whenever I feel a panic attack coming, and while she doesn’t personally have anxiety, she has had friends who have, so she knows how to react.

3. Write. Just write it out.

I keep a personal journal with me practically everywhere I go, so whenever I feel a panic attack or anxiety coming, I write down how I feel. It’s messy, and it’s really tiring for my hand, but it helps. This is also really useful for people who don’t necessarily like talking to others about what they’re going through, so sometimes it’s nice to have a journal or notebook to just pour your heart out in.

4. Sweat the worries.

I am so not big on workouts or exercising, but I read once that sweating and being active is really beneficial for treating anxiety. For me, that means either taking a walk, or horseback riding, or just a pumped-up yoga session. I don’t know how it works for different people, since it gets your heart racing (which is sometimes bad since anxiety already gets your blood levels running), but I guess it could work for most!

5. Read the Bible.

I know finding the time to actually sit down and read the Word might be hard for a lot of people, but even if it’s just one verse in the Bible app, just take a moment to read it. Even if you’re not in the Christian faith, one verse won’t hurt. It calms me down in a way, again, that I can’t entirely explain. And do you want to know something crazy? The Bible says “do not fear” 365 times. That’s a verse a day for an entire year. And if that isn’t a sign that you don’t need to worry, I don’t know what is.

6. Listen to music.

If you know me, you know I love dancing around in my room to my favorite bops, but when I’m feeling anxious, I don’t want to get my heart going more than it already is. I like listening to either nature sounds or calming music when I need to just chill out. The Spotify playlist “Country Coffeehouse” has some really beautiful and soft country music, or if you prefer worship music, “Calming Christian” is another playlist I really recommend!

7. Laugh it off.

Laughing is my medicine. Literally. Whenever I feel anxious, if a friend or meme makes me laugh, I feel 100x better. I don’t know if laughing is scientifically proven to help you feel better, or if it’s just me, but hey, when you get the chance to laugh, do it! Maybe you could watch a movie or TV show that you know makes you laugh, or just have a friend tell you horrible jokes (like I do..hehe…I have friends who can verify my horrible puns..).

8. Eat.

Okay, now hear me out here. It HAS been scientifically proven that if you chew even a piece of gum, it hits a nerve in your brain that produces relaxation. I have this thing when, even if I’m sick, I’m always hungry, but when I have anxiety, that’s the one time I never feel like eating. But I’ve learned that it actually helps to eat when you start to feel anxious, even if you’re not that hungry.

9. Use essential oils.

In my April Favorites post, I mentioned that my family has been hopping on the craze of essential oils. Well, they are actually useful for those who have to deal with anxiety. Oils like Lavender, Valor, and even Stress Relief (Young Living) all have properties that gear towards symptoms of anxiety. I would suggest doing more research before you decide to use essential oils for this, though, since some could be more helpful than others.

10. Make sure you have a balanced sleep schedule. 

I’m definitely guilty of having an irregular sleep pattern, primarily because I’m 99% night owl, but having a healthy sleep pattern actually helps reduce anxiety. Sleep is essential for your body, and if you don’t get enough, or have too much, of it, your body reacts in ways that can be harmful for both your physical and mental health.

I hope you all found some ways to help fight anxiety through these tips. Like I said, making a few changes here and there isn’t going to be effective for everyone. Healing from anxiety takes time, and effort, and it won’t go away just overnight. Be slow, and remember to keep having hope that this won’t last forever. God still has a plan for you, and even though He might not take your anxiety away at first, He’s going to use it to grow you, and to make you an even stronger person than you were.

Have a blessed week.

Much love, Sarah Beth

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April Favorites

Not sure what I’m doing here, but okay!

Hey everyone!

Today I thought I would share a few of my favorites for the month of April. I honestly can’t believe that today is the first of May…It seems like Christmas was just last week to me! So yeah, here are my favorites for this month, and be sure to comment below some of your own! ❤

1. Passionfruit La Croix– I am not an avid La Croix fan in general (apparently quite a few people are!), but lately I have been loving the Passionfruit flavor! Sparkling water on its own tastes sort of blah for me, so the extra flavor adds a little pizzazz to it.

2. Steve’s Paleogoods Dried Strawberries– Y’ALL. My mom picked these angels up at Kroger last week, and I literally ate the whole bag within two days; these strawberries taste like candy! Plus, the only two ingredients are strawberries and apple juice, so this makes snacking healthier so much better.

3. Essential Oils– My mom hopped on the craze of essential oils about two years ago, and since then, I’ve slowly begun to develop my own love for them. Lately I’ve been loving the Orange and Lemon essential oils, which are great to diffuse if you just want a pick-me-up during the day! (I’ll do a separate post on oils in case y’all want to know more about them.)

4. Sadie Robertson’s “Live Fearless”– I finished Sadie’s new book a few weeks ago, and all I can say is that it changed my life, y’all. I have bad anxiety, and this book gave me a new outlook on how to handle it. So if you struggle with anxiety or fear, I HIGHLY recommend it.

5. Kaetlyn’s Blog I love discovering new, interesting blogs, and I can happily say that Kaetlyn’s is one of my favorites right now. She covers unique topics like veganism, simple living, and she has the most adorable bunny named Theodore! Go check out her blog; you definitely won’t regret it.


What are some of your favorites for this month? I’d love to hear about them! ❤

Love, Sarah Beth

10 Weird Facts About Me

Hello loves!

Today I thought I would share a few weird facts about myself. Honestly I could share so much more, but I wanted to limit it to ten. 😉 If you would like to see more of these in the future, feel free to say in the comments! ❤

1. I’m not sure this is classified as a “weird” fact, but I had surgery on my foot when I was very young. For all my life, I actually thought I had ankle surgery, but it was only near the ankle, and for some reason, that made me really mad. I don’t even know why! It’s like I was proud of my surgery or something!

2. My music taste is all over the place honestly. My favorite genres are bluegrass, oldies, and pop, but I also listen to country, rap (although I’m really picky about rap songs; they have to be language-free because it just annoys me when rappers cuss in their music), and worship. (I will say that if you mix country with rap, it’s complete garbage in my opinion…)

3. I have a stuffed animal collection. Call me childish if you want, but most of my stuffed animals have been with me since a really young age, and I’ve grown attached to them! (I mean, how can you not love their little cute faces?)

4. I have a box under my bed with little trinkets from places like China, Ireland, and states like California and Texas (all of where I’ve never been!). My dad used to travel a lot, and he would bring back souvenirs from each place he went. I’ve made it my goal to visit each of the places where the trinkets came from myself!

5. I am a mix between a neat freak and a messy maniac (if that’s what you call it)! One day I have all the energy and the motivation in the world to clean and organize, and the next, well, let’s just say my room has been “damaged by a tornado” before..

6. At my old church, before every Sunday school lesson, we would have a few minutes to play with the beach balls we had in the storage closet. Long things short, there’s now a “Sarah Beth Style” to hitting a ball there. (And it’s a rather dangerous style must I say. One time, I hit the ball to where it knocked paint chips off the ceiling…) I can be rough, okay?

7. I have a very weird taste when it comes to food. I will gladly eat chicken and waffle, pickle, or gravy/biscuit-flavored chips, and even calamari (which is squid). I guess there’s much worse to eat than that, but hey, it’s not common for one to love these things!

8. I will always find time to re-watch old Barbie movies. I know, it sounds incredibly childish, but sometimes you feel the need to relive your childhood! (Plus, they’re great to watch if there’s literally nothing else on.) I mean, they’re totally not realistic, and sometimes really annoying, but they’re entertaining enough as they are.

9. I’ve always been a gamer. I used to play games like Minecraft and Webkinz all the time, but after a while I kind of grew out of them. I still play games every once in a while, but they’re mostly on my phone (some of my favorites are Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, and Trivia Crack.) I just don’t really have a lot of time for games anymore, to be honest!

10. I used to have a YouTube channel where I would upload game-plays and such. The most subscribers I hit would probably have been around 90, but I deleted the channel a long time ago because I didn’t have the time or the consistency to upload videos. (Although, I have wondered what it would be like to reopen my channel? I wouldn’t have gaming videos anymore, of course, but how would y’all feel about lifestyle/faith videos?)


I hope y’all enjoyed learning a bit more about the weird side of my life! I guess a few of these things weren’t exactly weird, but it’s fun sharing random things with y’all. 🙂 Comment below some of your own weird quirks; I’d love to hear about them!

Have a blessed week!

Love, Sarah Beth ❤

How To Stop Playing the Comparison Game

I see you.

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Photo by Bruno Luz on Unsplash

I see your longing for her clothes, her friends, her boyfriend, her Instagram feed, and even her life…over your own. I hear you telling yourself “You’ll never be as good as her, or as pretty as her, or as skinny as her.” I feel you, because I’ve been that girl. I’ve always felt the overwhelming need to compare myself, and my life, to those around me. I crave the flawless body, the cutest clothes, and the perfect Instagram feed. I put myself down for not having the “perfect” life that everyone else seems to obtain so easily.

Despite the constant want I have for this made-up life, I have been learning that the comparison game is one I signed up for voluntarily, whether I realized it or not. I was placed on the team that always seems to lose, for the fear of not being enough is too strong. I have been learning that, in order to win, sometimes you have to lose.

Sometimes, you have to lose to the idea of “perfect.” You see, our generation has taught us that having the perfect body, clothes, friends, life– is what it’s all about. We were lied to, being forced to believe that the comparison game is always won by the “perfect” people, because they have nothing to compare.

But what if we were to break the rules? What if we were to, instead of convincing ourselves that we’ll never amount to society’s expectations of “perfect,” allow ourselves to realize that the comparison game is never really won by the “perfect” after all? What if we truly believed that, as unique individuals, we were able to win this game by being ourselves?

If we were to believe that we could, we would win the comparison game. If you were to realize that you have your own life, not theirs, for a reason, you would win the comparison game.

But to win, you see, we have to believe this. We have to realize that comparison has no role in a meaningful life. By comparing our lives to others, we are only hurting ourselves. We are only moving away from being thankful for what we were already blessed with.

I challenge you to take a moment, and create a list (mentally or physically) of all that you are grateful for in your life. Maybe it’s family, friends, or your favorite qualities about yourself. And most importantly, I encourage you to take that winning shot by telling yourself that you are beautiful, that God calls you loved, and cherished, and that comparing your life to others is only going to bring you down.

The next tournament of the comparison game is coming soon. It could be today, it could be tomorrow. Will you choose to win? Or will you choose to lose?

Love, Sarah Beth ❤

 

“God Wants Us to Be Happy”

“God wants you to be happy!”

Does this popular line among Christians just seem a bit unsettling to you, like it does to me? I don’t know about you, but whenever this comes up in a sermon or message, I just…I don’t know. It’s not that I don’t agree with the saying; it’s the modified meaning behind it that I don’t agree with.

Here’s the thing:

Today’s definition of “God wants us to be happy!” literally means just that. Nothing more, nothing less. This message focused on today is placed of primary importance, above all the actually important messages, such as repenting from sin, giving your life to Christ, etc.

No one really addresses it, and you want to know why? It’s because it’s what we want to hear. We want to hear that being happy, and living a fun life, is what it’s all about. We want that feeling of being in a generation where nothing can go wrong when we do what we want, for our own pleasure.

But, in reality, these things that we want are NOT what God has in store. To simplify my statement, yes, God does want us to be happy, but not in the way we think happiness is found.

I used to believe the lie that happiness was found only through materialized items like money, or clothes. I found myself constantly longing for the newest trends, believing that they would give me long-time, if not forever, happiness.

But God’s definition of happy is not finding fulfillment or pleasure in worldly things or possessions. And it most certainly is not only feeding ourselves what we want to hear, instead of the truth.

It’s finding JOY in Him alone. Only then can we truly be happy and fulfilled. 

Romans 14:17 says “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit…” When we fully surrender to the notion that joy is only found in the Lord, we are living the life God truly wants us to live: not by finding happiness in worldly things, but by finding joy in Him.

Finding joy and happiness through worldly things was never declared a plausible act in the Bible. We were told over and over that only God has the ability to make us happy, and fulfilled.

So why don’t we listen? Why do we feed ourselves lies that being happy is gained through doing what we want, and living to please ourselves and our bodies?

You see, joy is found from the Lord. When He alone gives you that joy , ONLY then can you truly be happy. There is no possible way to be happy by thriving on doing what you want, and indulging yourself in your own desires.

If we find our happiness in things that we see and feel today, it will only evaporate when these things are gone. Our possessions, our desires–they come and go. But God–He lasts forever. Joy that is found in Him alone lasts forever. And that is where happiness is found.


What are some things in life that you find happiness in? Will these things last forever? I encourage you to take some time tonight to actually seek joy from the Lord–not from the world. Then, and only then, you will truly be happy.

I hope you all have a blessed week!

Love, Sarah Beth ❤

5 Positive Changes I’ve Made This Year

Since the start of 2018 I’ve been thinking of positive ways to improve my lifestyle, all of which allow a healthier and more motivated mindset. I will say, though, that it hasn’t been an easy transition, but a new lifestyle doesn’t just happen overnight! Today I thought I would share five of the transitions I’ve been making, and hopefully it will inspire you to make some of your own transitions. ♡

1. Drinking more water.

Although I do love a glass of sweet tea every day, drinking more water has proved to be beneficial to living a healthier lifestyle. Not only do I feel a hundred times better, but drinking more water has allowed me to cut out sugary, artificial drinks that are nowhere near good for my body.

2. Reading the Bible every day.

This one hasn’t been particularly easy for me, but I have been trying to read a bit of the Bible every day. I’m not reading it in any particular order, but I’ve noticed that whenever I spend even a few minutes in the Word, my day has gone better, and I feel more motivated to do certain activities.

3. Spending more time outdoors.

I’ve always loved spending hours outside, playing in the garden and with my dogs, but this past year has proved busy in terms of schoolwork and other activities. But I’ve been trying my best to go outdoors more since January, and by doing so, I feel much better about my day and being productive! I’m not entirely sure why, but after all, the sun does have the ability to make people happy. 😊

4. Opening more books.

The past six months, I’ve been in a really bad reading slump, something that I’ve been motivated to change since January. So far, I have read three books since the beginning of the year (I know, it’s such a little amount, but with the amount of work that has been piling up, it’s been nearly impossible to read as much as I would have liked!), and I plan on reading at least two to three books a month, if possible.

5. Writing more.

Ever since I began blogging, I’ve automatically been writing more, but I’m mostly talking about writing in my journal, or simply writing for fun. I have even been trying to motivate myself to continue working on a little story I’m writing (I shared the first part on the blog, so if you would like to read it, you can find it under the “writing” category on the homepage.)

I hope you guys have been super motivated to accomplish your goals for 2018 so far! If you would like to share, what is your primary goal for these next few months? Do you plan to eat healthier, exercise more, etc.? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Love, Sarah Beth

Spring Sounds ❊

Hello loves, and happy Tuesday. Today I thought I would share with you all my spring playlist, which has a mix of bluegrass, acoustic, worship, and even soft pop sounds, which in my opinion are perfect for spring! Enjoy! ♡

P.S Instead of creating an image to show you the songs, I just pasted a little playlist box for you to listen to the playlist itself.