My main pet peeve is when people act as if anxiety is not real. It is and it’s something that just can’t be controlled, as with any illness, you can’t just fix it.
This is an issue that gets ignored so easily and that’s why it should be talked about more. Anxiety can prevent someone from performing everyday tasks and can stop people connecting with others. So don’t let anyone tell you that anxiety doesn’t exist or isn’t a real mental illness. It is. It’s more than just feeling sad or nervous, it’s exhausting.
WHAT IS ANXIETY?
Anxiety is a word that is used to describe worry, fear and unease. Feeling anxious is basically a common occurrence when you’re nervous about (what you think is) a life changing event. But at what point does it become a mental health problem?
- You may regularly experience very unpleasant physical and psychological effects of anxiety such as a panic attack.
- When you find yourself worrying constantly about things that are just part of everyday life, or about things that are not likely to happen – or even worrying about worrying.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU THINK YOU SUFFER FROM ANXIETY
If you’re feeling worried all the time and you’re not sure why. You may even be scared to leave the house. If this is the case, it may be time to see a doctor. I know from personal experience that it’s a tricky step to make but rather than worrying about it, you may receive some closure and further advice from a medical professional.
When the feeling of anxiety comes over some people, they just don’t know what to do. Do you just sit there and let the feeling consume you? No, here are some things you can do to make yourself slightly more at ease.
Try and focus on something else – a lot of people find something else to concentrate on rather than the worry. I personally find that watching my favourites on YouTube takes my mind away from reality and calms me down immensely. I also try and spend a lot of time with my lovely family and boyfriend so I’m surrounded by pleasant company.
Write it down – I always find that writing (not typing) can help you a lot with expressing your feelings without the worry or pressure of having someone understand or give advice.
Talking – sounds so simple and easy, right? But you need to know you’re not alone. Believe it or not, there are others out there who have faced very similar feelings to you so will understand. A trusted friend or family member, for me, is the best person to discuss any feelings, self doubt or anxiousness. If you don’t feel comfortable discussing your issues with someone you know, there are also a lot of great support groups that could help.
Breathe – one of the main things people forget before and during panic attacks is to breathe, which can sometimes cause more panic. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth slowly.
Exercise – naturally, exercise releases endorphins which make you feel more calm and happier. It is also a great opportunity to think things through by yourself and get out of the house away from people.
Listen to music – it’s good to create a positive playlist that makes you feel happy and upbeat. This is what calms me the most.
Therapy – your GP will be able to recommend what they think is the best form of therapy for you. If you visit your doctor they will be able to determine whether you suffer from anxiety and if so, which type you are experiencing.
Books – books such as Overcoming Anxiety provides techniques to help you in overcoming anxiety.
Medications – there is a range of medications that help to suppress anxiety. But I always say that anxiety cannot be cured by chemicals. Dealing with the cause of your anxiety yourself is what will help.
Just remember that you’re not alone. You will make it a little bit at a time, these things don’t get better overnight.