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What Are the “Everyday Scaries”?

October is a month full of spooky and scary fun, but what about the “everyday scaries” that can pop up on a daily basis and negatively impact your life? Everyday scaries is a term often used to describe the anxiety or stress that can arise from the routine challenges and pressures of daily life. Whether it’s getting the kiddos up and ready for school, the daily commute is not going as planned (ugh!), a toxic boss, or the neverending to-do list – everyday frustrations and anxiety can take a toll on your mental well being. 


These small negative events can eventually add up to feelings of overwhelm, irritability, and even depression-like symptoms if we’re not actively using our coping skills to regulate and ground ourselves when we feel the pressures of daily living start to pile up. Combating these everyday scaries requires a combination of strategies to manage stress and promote mental well-being. 


Here are some helpful tips to combat your everyday scaries:


Adequate Sleep: Ensure you get enough quality sleep. Sleep is essential for managing stress and maintaining a healthy mind and body. Establishing a regular sleep schedule will help you feel energized and less anxious as you start your day.


Limit Information Overload: In today’s digital age, information overload can contribute to stress and anxiety. Limiting your digital consumption , especially at bed time, will significantly reduce stress and cortisol levels, helping you achieve a deeper, more restful sleep.


Connect with Others: Talk to friends or family members about your feelings, and be there for them when they need support in return. We are hard-wired for human connection and simply taking a few minutes to vent to a trust confidant can provide immense relief.


Set Realistic Goals: Break down your tasks into smaller, manageable goals. Setting achievable goals can help you avoid feeling overwhelmed by the demands of everyday life.


Acceptance and Gratitude: Practice acceptance by acknowledging that not everything can be controlled or changed. Focus on what you can control, and cultivate gratitude by appreciating the positive aspects of your life.


Professional Help: If everyday scaries persist and significantly impact your life, contact our office for a free consultation to get started. Talking with one of our counselors can provide helpful strategies and insight. We are ready to start this journey with you! Reach out to us today to schedule a free, 15-minute phone consultation.


By implementing some of these strategies into your daily routine, you can keep everyday scaries manageable and within your control. Remember that everyone is unique, so it’s important to use strategies that work best for you. It’s also normal to have occasional bouts of stress and anxiety in daily life, but by incorporating these techniques into your routine, you can better equip yourself to manage and reduce their impact. Consistency and self-compassion are key to long-term well-being.