A N X I E T Y

ANXIETY

I think almost everybody I’ve met has some sort of anxiety issues. I’ve dealt with pretty gruesome anxiety that sometimes affects my health for my entire life. It’s not nearly as bad as when I was in my teens, but it’s definitely still an unwelcomed friend. Everybody has their own way of dealing with anxiety / panic attacks, and some don’t know what to do when that overwhelming emotion consumes them. Well, I’m here to give my (nonprofessional) advice for that nasty anxiety that haunts you.

DEEP BREATHS

When I become anxious, I have a terrible time breathing. That may sound simply laughable to some people, but I’m hoping others can relate. I forget how to breathe correctly and that escalates any situation by a million and one. Remember to take calm, relaxing & deep breaths for a minute or so when a situation feels like it’s getting out of control.

It could be worse

I always feel guilty after anxiety begins taking a toll on me mainly because I get anxiety about the dumbest things. For example talking on the phone, or being surrounded by a lot of people, or even not being surrounded by enough people. When I’m able to step back (which is very hard to do!) or after it has passed, I always realize how silly it was to feel that way about such a mundane task. I try my best to keep repeating to myself “It could be worse, it could be worse, it could be worse” Choose your own phrase to calm yourself in a situation!

Know your workload

I’m the type of person that really enjoys having too much on her plate. Sometimes that is a very bad thing because in life you can’t always do every single thing for everybody. You need help. I hate asking for help. I like doing things myself and feeling accomplished for doing anything independently. Unfortunately that’s not how life works though. You do need help sometimes. So really try not to make promises you can’t keep. Ask for help as well if you need it. Becoming overwhelmed because of work, school, or even a social type of event is never good for anxiety. Be aware of what you can and can’t handle & always stay organized with time.

hobbies

I recently posted an article on hobbies. An extracurricular activity is one of the best solutions with aiding in anxiety! Taking your mind off of daily struggles & stresses is obviously a solid way of defeating your anxiety. Feeling overwhelmed from a long, tiring day of work? When you get home, pick up that paintbrush and finish the painting you started months ago. Finals week coming up? Take a break & go fishing! (Don’t forget to do any hobbies or activities in a timely manner. If you spend all your time doing what you love – you’ll get even more stressed that you just failed your English test or got fired for not focusing completely on your job!) Balancing leisure time with work is key.

Exercise and health

Coffee addict? NO! If you suffer from horrid anxiety and double as an avid coffee drinker – your problem has been found. Caffeine has been discovered to be a high inducer of stress! Try tea or a healthy alternative. Sugar does the same! Try fruits, veggies & protein. If you treat your body right, it will thank you mentally and physically. Eating right ties in with exercise too. I think I just heard all the groans from my computer when I dropped the “E” word. It’s really not difficult! I’m not saying to start body building. What I’m saying is taking a walk on your lunch or after work. Maybe take up some yoga? Keep it simple, but keep at it!

There are many, many steps that can help with anxiety. But these are the ones that stand out most in my mind. Of course, you can see a doctor & get some medicine to help too. I hope this helped you guys! Comment with how YOU personally deal with your stresses & anxiety!