You’re in a dark hole. You’re lost, searching for any sign of life other than yourself. But you’re trapped. The hole is getting smaller and smaller and you can feel the walls caving in. It’s so hard to think there’s a way to climb back out of this hole and see the light.
That’s what an anxiety attack feels like.
It’s terrifying. No one should have to feel like that and it’s sad that anyone does. You can feel so helpless when you’re suffering from anxiety. Like there’s no future for you. No hope. But there is.
This article is going to help you by breaking down aspects of anxiety and looking at the different treatment options available.
Understanding Your Illness
One of the biggest reasons anxiety gets the best of us is simply a lack of knowledge. Whether you’ve been diagnosed with anxiety or simply feel anxious, information is your greatest weapon. Do a little bit of research and learn more about what anxiety is. This will help you to understand so many different things about yourself, including your personal and environmental anxiety triggers. Identifying your triggers helps you to understand where that anxiety is coming from. Once you know where it is coming from, you can start building a wall to prevent it from reaching you.
Anxiety can develop from several different causes, such as:
- Brain chemistry
- Lifestyle choices
- Life events
There are different types of anxiety, each with their own cause and effect. A generalized anxiety disorder affects about 18% of the world’s population aged 18 or over. Of these individuals, about one third will ever seek help in managing their anxiety.
Symptoms of Anxiety
Anxiety can be such a bother. It can affect every aspect of your life, from social events to how you view yourself. These negative thought-patterns can make you feel like no one likes you or you’re not doing well enough in the world. You may even withdraw from friends and family due to these emotions you’re struggling with.
According to Claire Easthan, an author living with social anxiety, says this: “You feel like you’re going mad, like you’re going to die; worrying about everything, feeling out of control, wondering what you sound like and what you look like. The voice in your head, it’s constant. You can’t stop it. It’s exhausting.”
The symptoms of anxiety are:
- Sudden nervousness
- Feeling tense
- Rapid heart rate
- Rapid breathing
- Heavy sweating
- Feelings of panic
- Feeling an impending danger
- Difficulty focusing
- Digestive problems
How To Manage Living With Anxiety
When you’re dealing with anxiety, one of the best things you should have lined up is a support network. Ideally, this network should be your family and closest friends. These will be people you can call in the middle of an attack who will help you to find your footing again. Unfortunately, this isn’t an option for many people. You may find it hard to tell your family or friends. You may feel like no one understands. If that is the case, you need to learn how to manage living with your anxiety and be your own support network.
If you need help understanding your anxiety, take a look at the different resources available:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
- Workbooks for anxiety management (purchase online or local book store)
- Worksheets downloaded from Google
- Websites aimed at Anxiety Management
- Facebook groups for individuals with anxiety
Sharing stories with others who are living the same way you do can be extremely insightful. Largely, it helps you to understand that you’re not alone. It’s not always easy to reach out, especially when you have anxiety. That’s one of the biggest benefits of the internet. You can feel anonymous enough to try and connect with others and learn more about your illness.
You can follow bloggers with anxiety issues. If that’s something you’re interested in, there are quite a few out there. Many of them share personal stories about day-to-day struggles that you can likely relate to. You will also be able to find the resources they personally use to manage their anxiety.
Alternatively, you can speak to your doctor about a medication for treating your anxiety. You don’t want to be reliant on medication, but it can be helpful at the beginning. The ideal solution is learning through behavioral therapy exactly how to understand your anxiety.
Write It Down
The best way to handle living with anxiety is by writing down your thoughts. This is a skill that all of the above methods will focus on. You need to visually see your thoughts, good and bad. This helps you to understand repeating thought patterns. By doing this, you’ll see certain thoughts may have a deeper meaning.
Of course, your anxiety won’t “go away”. Unfortunately, even with medication, many people report still feeling helpless on occasion. But that’s it! Right now, anxiety might be something you have to fight with every single day. After the training and the research, you won’t have to put so much energy into that fight. It’ll go from every day or once a week. Then you’ll get an anxiety attack once a month. Then once a year. Maybe they will be so far apart it will feel like you don’t have anxiety at all anymore!
It does take work though. There’s no instant cure or magic fix. Through the methods outlined above, you’ll learn to minimize that paralyzing feeling that comes hand-in-hand with your anxiety. You’ll learn to limit the length of your anxiety attacks. You won’t feel out of control or crippled by your illness anymore. You’ll come to understand that your feelings and thoughts are not necessarily fact. You’ll feel in control because you will have the building blocks and the coping strategies.
That’s all it takes: Learning to cope with these feelings you have. You’ll find searching for joy much easier once you have learned these skills.
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