What started out as a regular morning, quickly and randomly turned into thinking I was going to die. Right there making breakfast. My heart started racing, I felt like I couldn’t breath. There was a knot in my throat. I was sweaty and dizzy. Then the nausea kicked in. That is to say, this is living with anxiety.
If I didn’t lay or sit down soon, I felt I would surely pass out.
Did I eat something bad? Was this a stomach virus I caught?
Meanwhile, I was confused, worried, and felt like I had no control over what was happening.
This was my unpleasant welcome to living with anxiety and panic attacks. If you’ve ever experienced a situation where anxiety takes over, you know it is difficult to get your line of thinking back on track. Consequently, it can be hard to regain focus.
Symptoms Of Anxiety
As a product of our bodies natural fight-or-flight response, anxiety can have physical symptoms that can include, for example:
- Pounding and racing of the heart
- Sweat or cold chills
- Nausea and stomach issues
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle tension
- Shaking and trembling
When we are anxious, it is easy for us to believe something that is not happening or true.
Above all what I have learned through experience, professional help, and school is that you CAN manage your anxiety.
Tips For Living With Anxiety
The tips I share with you throughout my posts, I’ve committed to doing myself. They have helped me in the past and I hope they can do the same for you.
- Write To-Do List. Doing this allows me to visualize what needs to be accomplished, and making it feel more attainable. I feel less stressed when I get it out of my head and onto paper.
- Journal. Speaking of my planner, I find myself writing down a few simple notes throughout the day. My negative thoughts usually gets jotted down, but you can write whatever you feel. This allows for those thoughts to escape your brain.
- Exercise. Try not to let the thought of exercise overwhelm you. Even walking for 15-30 minutes a day can make a tremendous impact. I aim to talk a quick walk around the block or get a dance session in with my son because I know it is integral to my mental state.
- Sleep. Sometimes we get so caught up in our work days and home lives we forget sleep rejuvenates our minds. Sleep allows our body to rest and recover. Aim for 7-9 hours a night. Check out the Blooming Blanket Collection.
- Breathe. This may sound a little out there but here me out. Anxiety overwhelms us and breathing sends messages to our brain that everything is OK. I take deep breaths in through my nose and out through my mouth. (Like when the doctor is checking your lungs).
- Seek Professional Help. Release the stigma of talking to a therapist and the possibility of getting medication. Taking the correct course of action and making sure you are healthy is the best thing you can do for yourself.
In short, there really is no quick fix to combating and managing stress.
It really is an ongoing daily pursuit. Doing the things that bring you joy and maintaining healthy habits are key. Similarly, everyone faces hardships and that will likely never go away. It is how we continue to push forward that will make all the difference in the long run.
If you are out there living with anxiety and struggling, know that I see you. I hear you. I understand you. And most importantly I am with you.
Did you know people who are living with anxiety have been linked to having higher IQ’s? Research studies support this claim and is due to us being more sensitive to the world around us and aware of what is going on.