Anxiety is a weird thing. It is not one size fits all and everyone experiences symptoms from anxiety differently. I for one "flip my lid" as my therapist says, when I get to worked up. For me, I start to panic and my mind starts racing and going to the worst scenarios. Once I get to the point of almost hyperventilating and crying, then that's it, my lid has flipped and it takes a bit to calm myself back down. Luckily, going to therapy for my anxiety has taught me some great techniques to utilize before I get to the point of no return. I just want to share a few of my favorite techniques for when my anxiety gets the best of me.
- When I start to feel nervous I try and concentrate on my breathing. I count to five in my head as I inhale and do the same as I exhale. Doing this helps to slow my heart rate a bit and makes me breath (obviously).
- I give myself affirmation by telling myself "you're ok, you're ok, just breath." Doing this helps me to think about what I'm panicking about and calms me down.
- Thinking about all the reasons why my anxiety, whatever it may be, is illogical. For instance, a lot of my anxiety comes from the fear of having a heart attack. So I tell myself, "You are 29 and somewhat healthy, it's not gonna happen." Then I think about if I do have a heart attack, I'll most likely survive because I am young and my health is decent. The fear I know is silly, but doing this helps me to realize how silly it is and makes me feel better.
- Most importantly, I pray. I don’t know why I’ve been “blessed” with anxiety, but I know there is a reason and no matter what God is watching over me. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
Anxiety is something I will have to deal with all my life but going to therapy and having these different tools is starting to make it easier. But therapy is not an option for many because it gets pretty expensive. So hopefully I can help someone out with these tools to combat that anxiety and make life a little better.
***I am not a mental health professional and these are just tips that work for me.