sincerely, kourt

Coping With My Anxiety

How I deal with stressful times

When I was pregnant with Reign, I knew that I was going to go hard at working out afterwards. I couldn't wait to feel strong and in shape again. I didn't know that I would be going through a breakup and just an overall crazy year.

Everyone deals with hard times in their lives differently. I'm generally not a nervous person but I get anxious. I also get nauseated; I feel like I can't eat when it is really bad, but I force myself to stay healthy. Still, when my anxiety is extreme, it feels like my body is constantly burning calories all day long. On these kind of days, I try to avoid caffeine, alcohol and too much sugar—basically anything that could make it worse.

One thing I've found that really helps is working out. Of course, when I'm having an anxious day, my workout is so much harder. But that's when it feels good to power through it! I try to exercise 5 days a week. My anxiety is always worse in the mornings so that's when I schedule my workouts. I usually start with a quick run or jumping rope to warm up. I have to do something fast to really kill it. And I definitely need good music.

People are very quick to judge others by appearances but you truly don't know what someone's motivation is or what is going on inside them. For me, exercise is as much about my body as it is about calming my mind.