I wanted to share on the topic of being anxious, because I have been struggling immensely with my own anxiety lately, and this is why I have not been posting, even though I have re-launched the site, with every intention of posting regularly.
I think many people have anxiety and do not even know it. When I look back at my life I can see that as a young teenager I developed very strong anxiety. I would have painful knots in my stomach and nervous, jittery feelings on a regular basis. While that symptom largely subsided after getting married, other symptoms have since manifested themselves, such as shortness of breath, claustrophobia, unreasonable feelings of fear, excessive worrying, negative thoughts among other things. Growing up I had no idea anxiety was even a medical diagnosis.
Now as an adult, in a fast paced work environment, anxiety is becoming a huge problem. It is easy to become overwhelmed when additional job duties are added to your plate, or even if additional responsibilities are added at home. I have learned a lot from coping with anxiety, and while I am still struggling with it on a daily basis, there are some important things you can do to help yourself.
- See a medical professional for help, medications and therapy can help your symptoms.
- Say no to extra projects that are not going to help your anxiety feel better.
- Make time to care for yourself. (reading, spa, hobbies, volunteer, staying in, movies or TV, etc.)
- Its OK to step back from some things until you can get your anxiety under control.
- Ask for help and support from family and friends. (check out my post on Mental health awareness and support!)
- If anxiety is affecting your work performance let your employer know so they can try to find ways to help you achieve your goals.
- Try grounding techniques, or meditation to help your symptoms diminish.
- Exercise daily.
- Avoid caffeine.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Get outdoors!(check out my post about reasons to get outdoors!)
- Journal!(check out my post about journaling to help your mental health!)
These are all important steps you can use to get control of your anxiety. It’s totally OK to be anxious. But when it takes over your life, it is time to take matters into your own hands.
The number one thing I hope you get from this post today, is to not suffer in silence. Ask for help. It is so hard to overcome anxiety, and it’s almost impossible on your own. Love yourself no matter what! You can do this!
If you are struggling with anxiety, now is the time to reach out and get some help!
Please comment with your story, and what you are doing to overcome your anxiety. I would love to hear about it.