First of all, I just want to apologize for how long it has been since I’ve blogged. I really don’t even have any excuses, so I’m sorry.
So I started this blog as a combination of food and religion. Over the last 2 years, I have grown to realize that the Spirit part of the title means so much more than just religion. To me it means the Human Spirit of emotional and mental well-being. I firmly believe that in our world, we do not spend enough time taking care of our spirits hence my belief in our need for Food of Earth and Spirit.
Today, I need to talk about part of mental health that frequently plagues me, and I believe a large majority of America: anxiety. There is general anxiety before a job interview or a big test but then there is the crippling anxiety that many people have to overcome daily just in order to enjoy life. No matter where you fall on this spectrum, I believe help is readily available.
As a disclaimer: I am nowhere close to a psychiatrist, so this is not medical advice and I strongly suggest seeing a therapist or doctor if your anxiety becomes unmanageable.
Regardless, I believe in 3 major tips to combat anxiety.
1. Spend time outdoors and without electronics.
I spent the last three days camping with a group of friends and I can promise you that it is the most relaxed I have felt in weeks. I only used my phone for maybe 15 minutes a day and spent every other moment outside cooking, swimming, walking, or just relaxing. I know camping is not meant for everyone, but we should take at least a few minutes every day to be outside without electronics – whether it be walking, jogging, biking, swimming, or just sitting – in order to enjoy the beautiful world we’ve been placed in without the never ending onslaught of social media opinions and news.
2. Come to terms with who you are.
I know that in the last few years the brunt of my anxiety has come from not knowing who I am or where I fit in. Taking some time (maybe while you’re sitting outside without distractions!) to really think about who you are, who you want to be, and what you want to do is essential in order to ground and center yourself and prevent becoming overwhelmed by the crazy times ahead. Once you do that, it is important to recognize that there is nothing wrong with who you are and that you are a wonderful human being! Just this year I have come to terms with the fact that I am a gay, curvy nerd and even though those attributes are seen as derogatory, I love them because it is who I am and I don’t need to hide that from anyone. Knowing these things about myself without needing to hide has helped me to overcome more of my anxiety than anything else.
3. Finally, just distract yourself.
Find something you love doing and do it! Whether it be exercise, photography, cooking, drawing, singing, etc. Finding something you can lose yourself in is stress-relieving and enlightening. For me that happens to be cooking, so I’m going to share a very easy and delicious biscuit recipe with you below in case yours happens to be baking or eating.
Good Plain Biscuits from Country Living Magazine
- Preheat oven to 450 F. In a large bowl, combine 2 c all-purpose flour, 1 T baking powder, and 1/2 t salt.
2. Cut in 6 T cold butter (it’s helpful to cut up the butter into smaller pieces) with 2 knives or a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
3. Add 2/3 c whole milk to the flour mixture and stir with a fork until the mixture forms a ball of soft dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times.
4. With a floured rolling pin, roll dough out to 1/2 inch thick. Using a 2-inch circular cutter (mine was about 1 1/2 in), cut out the dough and place 1 in apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Continue until all dough is used up. (Makes between 12-24 biscuits depending on size)
5. Bake the biscuits 10-12 minutes or until they are light brown and enjoy! Best right out of the oven when they’re still warm.