How I Cope Up With Anxiety

(Tooba Hameed, )

Many people don’t know what anxiety is exactly. Anxiety is a feeling of uneasiness, it involves a feeling or fear of losing someone or something. Anxiety is something that makes you believe in your unwanted thoughts. A person can literally scream that they love you but your anxiety will make you believe that they don’t. It’s that bad and scary!
I am someone who has been dealing with anxiety since years and I can tell you, how hard it is to explain it in words when nobody seems to understand you. Getting panic attacks over one thing or another most likely happens almost all the time. And if there’s one thing I’ve understood, it’s that you don’t have to explain yourself to anyone. It’s amazing if you’re able to communicate with someone you’re close to but most of the time I’ve seen people who just sit and cry for hours in order to feel better. And that’s okay! Cry your heart out if you don’t feel like talking.

After a good period of time, I’ve come up to a conclusion that people around me don’t seem to understand what anxiety actually feels like so I try my best to make myself feel better through ways I’m going to share which might help you, too.

1. The first thing I do is I focus on something that’s less anxiety-provoking.

Okay so for me, I try to pour out my emotions through words so whenever I feel low, I tend to write. And trust me, it actually helps when you write what you feel. I also indulge myself in house chores to divert my mind and I always turn up the music while working. I try to avoid slow music and listen to some pop-rock! If I feel lethargic because of anxiety, I just watch some movie or any Netflix Series. Note: I try to watch movies that convey a positive message to the audience! I do this because once the movie is over, I actually feel good about myself and there’s a ray of positivity.

2. Figure out the root that’s provoking your anxiety:

There are times when anxiety hits me like a rock. It’s like one moment I’m a happy-go-lucky person and the next moment I’m sobbing myself to sleep. Sometimes anxiety hits you like an uninvited guest. It stays for hours and hours and doesn’t leave until you’re on the verge of breaking down. Sometimes it’s hard for a person to understand what exactly is being a hindrance in their mind. In that moment, whatever you’re feeling, whether you’re missing a person or there’s a feeling of uneasiness, sit up straight and take deep breathes. I personally do this and it actually helps me. Wherever you are, be it in the middle of a crowd or alone, if anxiety hits you, YOU NEED TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF WITHOUT THINKING ABOUT OTHERS! Close your eyes and inhale slowly through your nose. The moment you feel helpless, start counting things you’re grateful for. Count your blessings even if they’re few. Think about all the good times.

3. Try and deal with it:

This usually happens with me, even when things are going perfectly in my life, a thought occurs in my mind that gives me a feeling of fear. For instance, not being enough or being a failure and the list goes on! Rough patches of my past hit me and it all comes down crashing at my feet. It’s when I talk to myself, trust me, talking to yourself helps A LOT! I do this almost all the time and by doing this, you actually find answers in your own questions and thoughts.

4. Eat healthy and Exercise:

It’s been 4 weeks now that I’ve joined this gym to improve my lifestyle and eating habits. Because I’m someone who eats junk when she’s anxious or stressed out. So change your eating habits, intake of healthy food is very necessary because it keeps your mind fresh. And exercise at least an hour every day. I have work till 7 and as soon as I’m free from there, I go to gym ASAP and ever since I’ve joined it, there’s an unreal feeling of freshness in my mind once I’m done. I don’t feel lethargic, I don’t feel as if my energy is draining, instead I feel more active than before and my mind actually functions better. Try this! Changing a bit of your lifestyle does no harm!

All that I’ve mentioned above is what I personally do when an anxiety spell takes over me. Remind yourself every single day that you’re important and your existence matters the most. You don’t need anyone’s validation to let you know that you’re needed. Look in the mirror and be proud of the person you’ve become because trust me, there’s nothing beautiful than being a warrior who fights everyday with her own demons.

I know all these things that I’ve mentioned are easier said than done because been there, felt that but once you start working on yourself, you’ll feel a change! It’s okay if you want to get a therapy session, there’s no harm in consulting a psychologist because talking helps! Communicating your problems is probably one of the most easy way to get rid of anxiety but sometimes, people find it hard to open up because they think the other person won’t understand. I find it hard in communicating but I’ve seen people in my circle who talk out their problems and they do find a solution at the end of every conversation. Don’t think you’re a burden on anyone and don’t ever let anyone make you feel otherwise.

Don’t let anxiety take over you! You’re precious and loved. Let me know if this helps you in any manner! Share it if it does.

 

Disclaimer: All information is provided here only for general health education. Please consult your health physician regarding any treatment of health issues.
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