I’ve had anxiety my entire life. It’s not fun to deal with. What’s even worse is trying to get the people you love to understand what anxiety is and how to help. Everyone can feel anxious sometimes, it’s only human but what happens when anxiety and worry take control over your life?
Having anxiety makes it hard to keep control over yourself. To stay calm and cool and collected as you work through what the cause of your anxiety is. For myself, sometimes it can be too many people in a room, meeting new people, or just thinking about something that’s bothering me too much.
One thing I know for sure is that I’m not alone.
Anxiety affects over 47% of the Canadian population but it is also one of the least understood illnesses. Having an anxiety disorder. is something that many people struggle to maintain control over while trying to understand the effects it has on their physical and mental well-being.
I used to get called crazy, nuts, or that I was having a mental breakdown because anxiety would completely render me helpless. But people don’t understand, especially when they don’t know the symptoms of anxiety, why and how it comes about.
Symptoms of Anxiety
- Heart palpitations
- Pain in the back, neck or shoulders (body stiffness)
- Gas or digestive problems
- Trouble sleeping
- Constant worrying about life and things.
- A flood of emotions.
- Inability to speak
- Overly emotional
- The feeling of dread or death coming.
- Pins and needles all over the body.
These are just a few of the symptoms that can strike a person dealing with anxiety. If you are suffering from anxiety, don’t worry as I said I’m not alone, and neither are you. Suffering from anxiety can often make you feel alone as though you are walking across a dry desert without water.
I have to focus not to spend my days worrying about things. You also don’t realize how much-having anxiety can affect your health, mind, body, and spirit. There is no shame in it. There are things you can do to help yourself when anxiety strikes. Don’t allow the stigma that is attached to anxiety stop you from asking for help.
What You Can Do When You Feel Anxiety Coming On
- Sit down and relax
- Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth
- Choose one object to focus on and nothing else (ie: sound, photo, spot on the wall)
- Repeat over and over “I’m okay. I’m okay.” this mantra helps convince the brain you are in control.
- Don’t fight the emotions you feel. Don’t hide what you are feeling either.
- Recognize you are having an anxiety attack and remove yourself from the situation you are in.
- Each day, try to spend fifteen minutes just doing breathing exercises.
It’s okay to have bad days, and it’s also okay to suffer from anxiety. Accepting the way you feel is the first step toward happy mental health. Don’t worry about what others think.
Talk to your loved ones and explain how they can help you when you are feeling anxious. The only thing that matters is what you think and feel, and learning to cope and deal with your anxiety will provide you with a longer and happier life.