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Modern Day Anxiety – The Takeaways

Flipping Anxiety On Its Head

Four Conscious Creators On The Deal With Modern Day Stress

After our last REVtalk ‘Flipping Anxiety On Its Head’, we decided to summarise the discussion by compiling some key take-aways from our inspiring panellists.  Keep reading to discover what modern day stress means to Zoë, Cora, Kelly and Jemma and how they deal with it in their everyday lives and in the running of their companies.

Zoë Lind van't Hof, Founder of Boobs Essentials

At school and at University, I remember always feeling a little anxious about everything. This was until I discovered my purpose in life, which was to create products that serve a beneficial purpose in society.  I think finding your purpose is key to helping reduce feelings of anxiety. This sometimes takes a while and can be a long, exciting and daunting process – so it’s important to bare that in mind and trust that it will come eventually.

As the owner of a brand that tries to do its best, issues like seeing other companies ‘greenwash’,  trying to find a balance between ethos and profit, dealing with the pressure to be busy all the time and the guilt that comes with taking time out to do nothing, all cause me anxiety in my everyday life.

One little thing I do when I’m stressed is say to myself ‘this too shall pass’ – as a helpful reminder that the moment is only temporary.  I also like to turn to nature, and go and have a coffee or a tea at my  local cafe with out my phone, so that I can be present without the distraction of emails and notifications.

Cora Hilts - Co-Founder of Rêve En Vert

We all have something, or some things that stress us out every day. Running a business comes with a ton of stress on its own, but for me, the cycle of climate change is an overriding factor in terms of the anxiety I feel day-to-day.  As the co-founder of a sustainable lifestyle retailer, keeping up with everything that’s going on in the world of sustainability is essential, but oftentimes scary.  I try to reduce the stress I feel when hearing about how we’re rapidly heating up and wrecking our planet by leading through example, promoting a more conscious way of living through REV and in my personal life.

The pressure to be constantly on the go has wrecked havoc on our stress levels. I realised recently that I don’t even know what doing nothing looks like. And that freaks me out.

Taking regular breaks from social media and ensuring I leave my phone outside the room at night are two things that really help me to switch off. I have also recently learned that in America, as we have gotten richer, we’ve become deeply unhappy, incurring debt to afford clothes, cars and properties….things we aren’t even sure we actually want. In contrast, the average income of the happiest people on earth is 13,000 dollars a year.  These people live in small, costal communities and find happiness in their friends, family and nature. This is something I feel that we should all be aspiring towards.

Kelly Vittengl - Founder of Frances Loom

Something that I really struggled with since I began using Instagram is this gap between the digital version of ourselves that we put out to people, and who we innately are. These can often be two very different things, which was the case for myself.  Having to keep up this image of ‘perfection’ caused me develop something called imposter syndrome, which led me to experience a huge level of anxiety. After suffering with debilitating panic attacks, I turned to therapy as a way of properly understanding the root cause of what I was going through.  I was inspired to begin a podcast as I felt like I needed to go out there and educate people on my experiences.

 Everyone is experiencing some kind of issue or trauma and you can feel very isolated through it, so having a platform that can bring people together and make them feel less alone is a very effective and empowering way to make a difference. Therapy really helped me to work on myself and figure out who I really am, but this also came through meditation, which I highly recommend.  There are so many different methods and styles – you just have to find out which is right for you. Changing  my relationship with Instagram and seeing it as as more about connectivity and less about ego-boosting also really helped me. It is often hard to draw that line between what’s hurting us and what’s benefitting us, but this needs to be taken into consideration more.

Jemma Finch - Co-Founder of Stories Behind Things

I think a lot of the anxiety we experience stems from the usage of social media – feeling too connected online and also experiencing a feeling of disconnection to the objects we surround ourselves with definitely has a huge effect on our mental wellbeing.  Through my company StoriesBehindThings, my co-founder and I advocate using social media as a way to connect with others and share stories, instead of using it as a comparison platform.  We also hold regular clothes switches which aim to reconnect meaning, where people are able to welcome new pieces into their lives that bring a sense of joy whilst doing something well-meaning.

 

Something that really helps me be more present and productive is to spend the first hour of every day away from my phone.  If I am just mindlessly scrolling through Instagram, or reading emails that I am not yet ready to read, I’ll find myself noticing that I am overwhelmed later that day.  I really believe in the importance of allocating yourself time away from technology, and not forcing your brain to consume until it is ready to do so.