Disclaimer: I am not a mental health professional this is just my knowledge from experiences and information on a credited websites
Anxiety is defined by feeling worried and stress that doesn’t go away. Anxiety can show itself in many different ways and there are many different anxiety disorders.
- Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Social anxiety
- Specific phobias
- Panic disorder
I tend to suffer from GAD, I worry a lot to a point where it impacts on my life, I also suffer from social anxiety, I get extremely anxious in everyday social situations. I have had some panic attacks. I believe anxiety has been a part of my life since I was about 10 years old.
I grew up in a household where anxiety wasn’t an accepted thing so I just had to suffer through it the best I could. I use to feel so anxious and get so upset but no one around me understood and I didn’t know how to explain what I was feeling. It got me into a bad habit of not talking about anything and putting on a good show for everyone around me.
Since getting older I have found different things to help my anxiety and I am not going to lie I still battle anxiety day in and day out. These are a few things that have helped me though:
- Writing (sometimes about how I am feeling other times writing positive stuff to make myself feel better
- A ground tool, 5 things I can see, 4 things I can touch, 3 things I can hear, 2 things I can smell, 1 thing I can or like to taste, then take a few deep breaths
- Stopping whatever I am doing taking 2 deep breaths then go back to what I was doing but take my time with it
- Listening to music
Anxiety can be a hard thing to handle and I do battle every day to keep it under control but there are things that can help manage it because as humans it’s normal to feel anxious and worried from time to time. The problem is when it takes over someone’s life.
Please comment below what has helped you in times when you have felt anxious or worried?
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I got all my information about anxiety off the Beyond Blue Website. https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/anxiety