What to do when anxiety strikes…

Hey there my lovelies! Today we are talking all about anxiety. I have suffered with anxiety since around the age of 11 or 12. Just recently I had an anxiety attack and I haven’t had one in years, so it shook me pretty badly. I soon realized anxiety isn’t something you can get rid of, but it is something you can work to keep at bay. Over the years I have established ways to help ease my anxiety and keep myself calm.

BREATHE…

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This seems like a no brainier, that when you are starting to feel anxious you need to breathe. For me however, when I am having an anxiety attack, it prevents me from taking clear and even breathes. So the first thing you want to do when you start feeling an attack coming on, is to get to a quiet place and take deep even breathes. Someone told me a tip one time that I always remembered. They said breathe in like you are smelling a flower, and breath out like you are blowing out birthday candles. Focus on your breathing, and keeping your breaths steady. This will allow you to feel more in control, and not feel like you might pass out.

TALK ABOUT IT…

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This is one of the best pieces of advice I have when you are struggling with anxiety. It’s so important to have someone in your life, whether it be your parents, your siblings, a friend, significant other, or even a counselor or therapist, that you can talk to about your anxiety. If you keep things bottled up inside you, this will cause your anxiety attacks to go haywire. One thing that happens a lot to me, especially when I don’t talk about my anxiety, is those feelings and anxious thoughts come out in a physical way. For example anxiety can trigger headaches, body aches, flu like symptoms, feelings of over exhaustion, feelings of your heart racing, night sweats and more. If you feel like you can’t talk to your friends and family about what’s bothering you, ask your primary care physician for information on counselors or therapist that he or she would recommend for anxiety.

SWITCH YOUR FOCUS…

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One thing that always helps me is switching my anxious thoughts away from whatever it is that is bothering me. If I am having a bad day, where I am feeling super anxious, I spend the day doing small things that take my focus off my thoughts. Things like doing laundry, making dinner, cleaning, tidying up, drawing or painting, etc. It is absolutely important to take time to think about what is bothering you, but you can do that after you feel your anxiety has passed. Sitting in your thoughts, and thinking to deeply about everything the moment it is happening can make things worse. So take your mind off whatever is bothering you and do something you love.

STAY PUT…

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One thing I have learned over the years, is to stay put. When I am having an anxious day I stay put wherever I am at. When I try to go out while I am feeling anxious it makes everything so much worse. Being in public heights my social anixty, and being surrounded by a ton of people can make me feel overwhelmed. If you are at home, try and stay put and spend some time taking care of yourself. Do things you enjoy, and be productive so you don’t feel like you are wasting the day away. Being by yourself or with family will help your feelings of anxiety.  You will be in a safe space and an environment that won’t heighten your thoughts or feelings.

RESTING AFTER AN ATTACK IS A GOOD THING…

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I know it can feel like sleeping, or taking an nap makes you a lazy person or you feel guilty. However, lot’s of times, after going through an anxiety attack your body can feel drained and almost limp. Resting after an anxiety attack is actually a very good thing. It gives your mind and body time to rejuvenate itself. It will ease your anxious thoughts and feelings of uneasiness. Nine times out of ten you will wake up feeling better than before. Sometimes, all your body needs is time to catch up to your mind. Don’t feel bad about giving your body what it needs.

MEDICATION IS NOT A BAD WORD…

One of the things I hate about having anxiety or depression is the stigma that surrounds it. Anxiety like I said earlier, is something you never totally get over, but with a lot of time, communication and practice you can ease you anxiety significantly. However, it is important to not suffer, I’ve have definitely had periods in time where my anxiety has been so overwhelming it cost me my sanity. If you are feeling like you are struggling, and can’t cope go see your doctor. Tell him how you are feeling and he might decide to prescribe. you something to help ease your anxious thoughts, or depressive feelings. Do not feel like a failure if you get put on medication it doesn’t mean you lost and your anxiety won. Sometimes we as humans just need a little help to feel ourselves again.

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