I’ve been wanting to make this post for a long time because I feel like I have a lot to say on the topic of mental health. I will probably end up making another, more in-depth post, about it at a later date but for now, I thought I would give out some general advice that has helped me cope with it all, throughout the years.
Anxiety has been a big part of my life ever since my teenage years. It’s been a long and winding road, full of ups and downs but I’ve learned a lot from my struggles with it. It has made me grow a lot as a person and I feel like it’s made me very grounded in myself. I’ve become very in tune with my feelings and I now know what to do, when something sends my feelings and thoughts spiraling out of whack in the form of a panic attack.
On another note: I think it’s important to remember that panic attacks comes in many ways and forms. Sometimes you don’t even know you are having one until it’s over.
It doesn’t have to be big and scary things that set you off either. It can be small and mundane and sometimes it comes right out if the blue.
However, this isn’t a post about my anxiety. This is a post about how I deal with that anxiety when it comes knocking, so here is some general advice I would give to people struggling:
1. Recognize your own triggers/patterns:
I think it’s very important that you can recognize your own patterns and stop them before they spiral out of control. If you feel like you are suddenly overwhelmed by a situation or you recognize that you are catastrophizing and essentially making it out to be much worse than it is, then you can rationalize with yourself and stop it before it goes out of control and becomes a panic attack.
2. Take a quick time out:
If a situation is stressing you out more than usual or becoming increasingly overwhelming to you, then walk away from it for a bit and come back to it when you feel better equipped to deal with it. There is absolutely no shame in that.
Sometimes a bit of distance can give you a new perspective on the situation and help you see things more clearly.
3. Try to practice positivity:
Oh boy did I have a lot of trouble with this in my teen years! Everything seemed negative to me and I catastrophized everything. Now however, I usually try to flip the coin and look at the more positive side of things. It takes a lot of practice but it has helped me tremendously.
4. Try to exercise in any way you can:
Exercise is super important when it comes to both depression and anxiety but I’m not always good at getting my 30 minutes a day.
Instead I opt for a quick walk. Anything that gets me out of the house and into some fresh air. It helps me focus and now that autumn is steadily approaching, I think it’s safe to say that I’ll be doing ita lot more!
5. Reach out:
I know this is the most cliché advice of them all but it’s SO important. Whether it’s with a partner, trusted friend or a professional, it’s incredibly important that you talk about what you are feeling. Getting it out of your system and mulling it over with other people can really help process the situation that is setting off your anxiety.
I try to do most of the things that are typically recommended but these are the ones I’ve found to have worked the best. If you have any other suggestions please share them in the comments!
I’ve been going through a really rough patch with my mental health lately, which is part of the reason I wanted to make this post. I also just wanted to say how grateful I am to all of you who keep up with the blog and follow me on social media. I know that lately it’s been spotty with content and I promise I will clear up the reason for that soon. Just know that there is a lot going on behind the scenes that I can’t talk about yet, though I wanted to at least let you know how grateful I am for your company and your investment in my content.
Thank you all so much! I wouldn’t be here without you and I have a lot of ideas for upcoming content and stuff I want to do in the future!
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