“Living with anxiety is like being followed by a voice. It knows all your insecurities and uses them against you. It gets to the point when it’s the loudest voice in the room. The only one you can hear.”
Having an anxiety disorder can affect that way you live, and go about your day. It is important that you learn how to take care of yourself and live with your anxiety. Here are some tips and tricks to taking care of yourself that I do.
Know your triggers.
There are many different factors that can cause anxiety. Your anxiety did not come from nowhere. While it may be hard to figure out what causes your anxiety, it is an important step. Social situations, school, family, etc. can all cause anxiety.
Change the way you think. For example, you might have an hour to take an online test with 50 questions. You begin to panic and freak out. Thinking, “I don’t have enough time.” Or “I will never finish this test.” Look at why you are thinking you can’t do something, and change it. Instead say, “I studied for this test and I will get through this.” Changing your “I can’t” to “I will” will help you relax. This is very tricky to do but once you learn how to rationalize and change your thoughts into positive ones, it can impact your anxiety greatly.
Find ways to relax.
There are many ways to relax when you anxiety, and could possibly help you control it. Meditating, yoga, working out, reading a book, listening to music, watching Netflix, etc. are all examples. It is important that you find something you enjoy doing that will help your mind ease.
Talk to someone.
Whether it is a therapist, family member, or good friend it is important to talk about how you feel. As cliché as it may sound, talking to someone will help you work through your anxieties. Speaking about what is going on in your mind will help you relax, and help you find possible solutions.
It is very easy to get caught up in a situation, and let your anxiety take over. It is important to stop what you are doing, take some deep breath, and relax.
No one knows you better then you do.
You know yourself the best. You know what causes your anxiety. So do not get caught up in what other people are telling you. Do your best not to give into peer pressure. If you do not feel comfortable in a situation, leave. The best thing you can do for yourself is stopping a panic attack before it happens.
Do not be afraid to get help
Unfortunately anxiety will never go away. This does not mean it defines or controls you. Learning to control your anxiety is extremely tough and may require the help and insight of a professional. You are not weak if you seek out help. Seeking out help for me was the way I was able to learn these tricks and help me live with my anxiety.
“A little progress each day adds up to big results.” This is a long progress but with time and effort you can make sure anxiety does not control or define you.