Anxiety. It’s a real PITA. It has a way of smothering all positive thoughts in your brain and delving into everything that’s wrong. It produces that nagging feeling that something is wrong accompanied by tingling hands and an upset stomach. And what if you need to go somewhere but you’re too anxious to go? Anxiety can make getting things done nearly impossible.
What do you do when you wake up anxious in the morning, or anxiety hits you in the middle of the day? There are four areas you can concentrate on to lessen your anxiety: self-talk, self care, talking to a friend or taking medication.
Anxiety whispers, “You can’t do it.”, but you can move past it by listening to what you’re telling yourself and negating it. “I can’t go to lunch with my friends. They will think I’m a freak”. Now deconstruct these sentences. These people are your friends, the people that care about you and just want you to feel good. They know you and they probably know you struggle with anxiety. In all likelihood, they just want to be there for you. Now that you’ve negated the thought, come up with a positive statement you can make about lunch. “It will be good for my heart and mind to spend time with friends who support me.” The first step is changing negative thoughts to positive ones. You’ll probably need to repeat this action a few times during the day.
Then there is the anxiety that comes about purely as a result of going out…the fear that you’re going to have a panic attack while you’re out. Come up with a plan before you go. It might include things like: where you can go to be by yourself, taking deep breaths, or taking a medication designed specifically for anxiety.
Next up in your Get-Over-Anxiety-Kit is taking gentle care of yourself. If you haven’t already showered, take a warm shower and get clean. Eat a small meal. Smell scents that you like. Exercise. Go outside and soak up some sun. Take deep breaths and ground yourself (taste,touch, see, hear, smell) This is all about pampering yourself…doing things that make you feel a little better. Because all the little stuff adds up.
Tell A Friend
Call, text, email, message…there are so many ways to reach out. Try getting a hold of a good friend and letting them know you could use some positive encouragement to get through your anxiety. Just bringing it out into the light can diminish some of the anxiety.
There are medications, like benzodiapenes, that your doctor can prescribe to deal with your anxiety. Medication isn’t right for everyone and benzos have addictive qualities so it’s a good idea to have a detailed conversation with your doctor.
The keys to reducing anxiety are turning around negative self talk, taking good care of yourself, getting in touch with a friend and/or possibly taking medication.
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