Follow My Instagram

Saturday 30 March 2019

My anxiety is acting up again - Tips to help manage #anxiety #panicattacks

Kimberly, © 2019
I've been fairly stressed the last few weeks, but was starting to manage the anxiety. The last few days with me being home sick, I haven't been able to visit the gym... so I've noticed an increase in my anxiety. Anxiety involves fee:lings of fear, worry and apprehension. It's typically experienced on cognitive, emotional and physical levels. On an emotional level, one might feel scared or out of control. It's common to experience sweating, shortness of breath or trembling. These are common for people who've been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

Is anxiety overwhelming your life? Here's some steps you can take to help manage your anxiety.

Stop, relax and breathe
When anxiety flares up, take some time out and think about what it is that's making you nervous. A big part of the problem is that you're not being mindful of the present moment. Try and bring your awareness back to the present. Try regaining control by sitting down and taking a few deep breaths. By stopping and breathing, it can help restore your sense of balance and bring you back to the present moment. Try this simple breathing technique:

Get into a comfortable position.
Close your eyes and inhale slowly through your nose. Follow with a deep exhalation. Do this for a few minutes... focusing on every breath.

Figure out what's bothering you
The physical symptoms of panic and anxiety are usually more apparent that understanding what's making you nervous. In order to truly get to the root of the problem, you need to figure out what's bothering you. Put some time aside daily to meditate and explore your thoughts and feelings.

I find that writing a diary can be a great way to assist in getting in touch with the sources of anxiety. if anxious feelings are keeping you awake at night, try keeping a diary or journal next to your bed. Write down everything that's bothering you... that's part of the reason I started blogging in the beginning. Talking with family or a friend is another way to help and discover your anxious feelings. Make it a habit to express your feelings... it truly has helped me deal with my anxiety.

Focus on something less anxiety provoking
At times it might be most helpful to redirect your focus on something other than your anxiety. Reach out to others, do some work around the home, engage in a fun activity or hobby. Here's some ideas of things you can do to try and take your mind off a panic attack:

Go for a walk or go to the gym
Clean your home or organise your home
Listen to music
Read a book
Watch a funny movie
Pray or meditate
Engage in something creative, such as writing, drawing, painting, etc.

Many people are familiar with some form of anxiety from time to time. However, chronic anxiety can be a sign of a diagnosable anxiety disorder. When it starts to affect relationships, work performance, and other areas of life, there's a chance these feelings are an indication of a mental health illness.

I have been most successful at managing my anxiety by going to the gym at least three times a week, cutting down on caffeine, and eating a healthy balanced diet. I'm also on a low dose of anxiety medication, and am a strong believer of therapy.

If you're experiencing anxiety and panic symptoms, please talk with your doctor or other professionals who treat panic disorders. They will be able to address any concerns you have, and provide information and discuss treatment options.

1 comment :

If you comment... I follow!