It’s the end of Mental Health Awareness week but this topic is something that shouldn’t just be talked about 1 week a year. I wasn’t going to write anything about this subject, but to keep awareness of the subject I wanted to write just a small and short blog about Anxiety.
I’ve been struggling with Anxiety my whole life and it’s only a small part of a wider scale of things I struggle with on a daily basis. I have Asperger’s syndrome and apart of this comes a lovely package of other conditions too. One of them is Anxiety which is what I want to talk about today. I know a lot of people have Anxiety too, so I want to share some hobbies I’ve picked up which have really helped with my Anxiety since I’ve moved to London.
I was a very sporty person before I moved to London. Due to work and other personal reasons, I just can’t keep this up anymore. I used to play Hockey since I was 11 years old but getting to practice and games on the weekend has just been too difficult for me to attend every week. It’s actually made me more anxious so I’ve stopped this completely.
I also used to fence but clubs down here in London are really expensive. As well as other sports like, Football, Basketball, Netball, Rounders, Trampolining and Archery, you name it, I probably played it! I needed to find a new hobby. I eventually found some new hobbies which I really enjoy and some came at quite a surprise!
I took a Photography A level when I was in college and decided to pick up the camera again when I got to London. Every weekend I would go for a walk around London with my camera and take photos. Eventually, I decided to upgrade to a digital SLR and I love it! I love taking photos, especially when I’m travelling. The best part about it was that it got me out of the house. When I am particularly anxious, I do tend to shut myself away. By having Photography as a hobby, I like to get out into London and take pictures of beautiful London. Check out my Instagram for more pictures.
I started my YouTube channel before I moved down to London in January. However, I went through a very difficult time in the summer last year when my anxiety was at it’s worst. I stopped uploading vlogs for a few months to sort myself out but felt like I had a massive whole where vlogging used to be. I just didn’t have time to vlog, it was making me worse rather than better so I didn’t want to start it again till I was ready. So I started this blog. Best decision I every made! I thought blogging wouldn’t be for me as I have dyslexia and avoid writing at all costs but I love it! It’s exactly the creative outlet I needed and I can write about whatever I want. Plus, I can be in my own world for a few hours and forget about everything that was making me anxious in the first place.
GOING TO THE CINEMA
I love watching films. At one point I have over a 1000 DVDS. I also have Netflix and NOWTV but I still can never find anything to watch. I also love going to the cinema. I don’t have many friends who love films as much as me and finding a cinema buddy is always quite challenging at times. However, I do enjoy going to the cinema on my own. There is nothing wrong with going by yourself! I can pick whichever film I want, go whenever I want and no one steals my sweeties or popcorn from me. I find it so relaxing going by myself. If I ever feel really stressed out and just want to get away for a while I just nip down to the cinema. I now have a Odeon Limitless card, so I can literally go whenever and see whatever I want. It’s amazing and I save money as I watch a lot of films every month. I’ve even been pretty luck to be invited to some media screenings which are a lot of fun.
I am a bit of a gamer. I’m just a big geek really! I love playing games and have a PS4 which I use everyday. I love that video games can just instantly transport me into another world and require a lot of concentration which really takes my mind of things. I love strategy games, so anything from “ladish” games like Call of Duty, Destiny and Battlefield to more “girlish” games like Sims 4. I also have a lot of puzzle games and more strategy games on my phone. I’m not going to lie, I love Pokemon Go! It’s just another way to get me out of the house and into London, instead of being cooped up in my room. I loved Pokemon going up. I’m just a geek and I’m not ashamed of it.
This is a new hobby I’ve taken up, thanks to my new housemates. I loved doing puzzles with my Grandad growing up and did think they were just for kids or old people. Jigsaw puzzles really help with my anxiety in a way I never knew they could. It involved a lot of concentration and I can even multi-task and have my favourite TV shows on in the back ground. We love Wasjig puzzles! They are really good because the picture on the front isn’t whats on the puzzle. So much more challenging!
If you have anxiety, I hope this blog helps you. Finding a hobby that can take your mind off things really does help and some of these hobbies have really helped me over the past couple of months when I’ve really been struggling on my bad days. To find out more about Anxiety, please check out the Mental Health Orgnaisation Website.
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Do you have any hobbies you would recommend to help with Anxiety? Let me know in the comments below.
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