I just wanted to chuck out a quick post on anxiety. Look, you might read my Twitter, Facebook and blog thinking that I’m a really happy person all of the time, wrong. I’m not always happy. Some days, like today, I get down and depressed/anxious – sometimes, like today, for no reason at all…
For me, I think it’s the weather. Today was really rainy, grey and dull. It looked super depressive and overcast.
Anxiety can strike at any moment and comes in a range of extremes. You can’t really plan it, but you can definitely notice the signs. If you notice the signs before it’s too late, you can prevent a meltdown.
What are the signs?
1) palpitations and uneasiness – when your heart starts racing or beating faster and you can feel in yourself that there’s a sort of emptiness or weird feeling coming over you.
The way to counteract those is through breathing techniques and trying to find out exactly what it is that’s causing the uneasiness. Could it be that you’ve changed something in your routine? Had something on your mind? Drank or taken something that you wouldn’t usually take? For instance, I was on a really bad concoction of weight loss supplements, and that spurred on severe anxiety a couple of years ago.
2) racing thoughts – do your thoughts run at a million miles per hour, forcing your head to overheat?
The way to stop this from happening is by doing a mindfulness podcast. There are great podcasts that calm the nerves. You can find them online.
3) bad/negative feelings – these are just feelings that you’re going to have to let pass. Some days are just not our days. Those feelings are an indication of that, if and only if it carries on for longer than normal, seek medical help. You can get referred to the psychologist or a counsellor. You can also get a prescription for antidepressants or tranquilizers. What I will say though is – don’t rely on them. It’s not healthy or safe to get used or addicted to them.
4) hyper sensitive to noise and emotions – this one is a tough one to get rid of because first you’ve got to establish what it isn’t that’s causing the hyper-sensitivity, then you’ve got to try to avoid the places or situations that bring it on. That’s hard. Especially when you don’t know why the heck you’re feeling anxious in the first place. I mean, if there’s nothing that you can put your finger on, nothing going on to make you feel that way; it could just be a hormone or emotional imbalance that’s passing through. Let it.
Seriously, the only way to beat anxiety is to know that there’s a better day awaiting you in tomorrow. The precise moment that anxiety strikes might not be for you, but tomorrow will be. Don’t dwell, don’t think about it too much. Distract yourself. Watch something hysterical, do something you enjoy, be with the people who make you laugh/happy. Life’s too short for anything else.
Alternatively, just speak to a friend or friends who you can trust and you know won’t judge. If you’re spiritual, a prayer or meditation helps too. The main thing is to not let it get you down, or worse than you are already feeling.
Remember, it’s a phase, it’ll pass and what you’re stressing about (if anything at all) will be a distant memory or not even one come next year. It’s really not that deep.
Enjoy every moment, and try to find the positive of the anxiety. The fact that you’re able to notice that you’re anxious is a huge plus. Trust me when I say there are people who don’t realise it until it’s too late. They don’t even the right tools to deal with it so the healing process takes longer. Don’t let that be you. Don’t be ashamed of anxiety either. Only the greats get anxious.
Anxiety occurs in people who are hyper sensitive and caring. Granted that being hyper-sensitive might not be perceived in society as a good thing, but at least you’ve got feelings. I have too much of them. Sensitivity is a massive turn on. Also, who doesn’t want to be caring?! It’s the nicest trait ever (equal with being funny).
The important thing is that whatever it is, don’t bottle it up. Speak to someone. Do something about it. Mental health is the most important of the health. It affects the rest of our organs, so make sure it’s been well treated, well fed (in thoughts). Keep it positive. A smile is of most importance. Keep smiling, even when you really don’t feel like it. Your mind will get tricked into releasing serotonin and endorphins that are responsible for making us happy.
Finally, the trick is to make yourself feel happy, even if you might not feel it during times of anxiety and depression. It’s easy for us to crack when we hit an all time low, but remember that you can only go up from there. Try to make a strength from your weaknesses without adding unnecessary pressure.
That’s all I wanted to say. If you ever need a chat, you know where I am. X