Let's talk: Coping With Anxiety


  

In 2018, I promised myself I’d be the most authentic version of myself. That I’d be more vocal about who I am, including the good and the bad. Because of that, I’m writing this post. 

I’ve talked once before about anxiety on the blog, and kind of gave a surface level peak into what mine is like. But I wanted to expand upon that, and share some tips about how I deal on a daily basis. 

To provide some context, I’ve known I’ve had pretty moderate anxiety probably since I was 12, or 13. But it wasn’t until I was quite a few years older that I really understood what I was going through, and not until a year ago that I finally talked to someone about it. I used to be the type of person that fed into the sigmas about discussing mental health. I thought if I told someone what I was going through, they’d think I was “crazy”, or “unstable”. So I suffered in silence, and trust me it’s not worth it. It’s never easy to just spill your guts about your mental health, but it’s even worse to just do nothing. So here are a few things I did/do that have helped me cope.

1. Write it out
 Admittedly, I don’t do this nearly as frequently as I should but when I do, it works wonders. Grab a journal or a piece of paper and go to town. Write out every single thing you’re feeling, both big and small and just give your self-time to process it. Most of the time when I’m feeling anxious, it’s also because I'm cycling through emotions way too rapidly to fully process, so writing it out gives me a moment to fully decipher everything gapping in my head.

2. Meditation 
This one is new for me, but it’s pretty much the same premise as writing it out. Being in college, and at times spreading myself way too thin has not been too kind on my anxiety. So taking even just a second to pause, and just breathe is an indescribable relief. It can be a bit difficult to get started, but there are plenty of apps out there to help you get started. Honestly, I’d recommend it to anyone, even if you don’t struggle with mental health. We can all afford to be a bit more mindful.

3. Changing my scenery
In addition to anxiety, I’m also very claustrophobic which tends to trigger my panic attacks. I’ve learned the best way to deal with it is if at all possible to just get out of wherever I am. Whether that’s going for a drive, or even taking a walk changing my scenery really helps put things in perspective. 

This is what tends to be most successful for me, but keep in mind everyone is incredibly different. If you’re ever feeling out of control the best course of action is always to find someone you trust, and talk to them about how you’re feeling. Hopefully, this post was helpful and reminds you that whatever you’re going through, you’re not alone.

Until next time,

Autumn 

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