“It’s great that in 2018, anxiety is a lot more normalised – We talk about it a lot more and being someone who experiences anxiety, it actually makes you feel less anxious (ironically) knowing what it is and that it’s so common.”
“I remember thinking I just worried a lot. People didn’t talk about anxiety or probably know what it was when we grew up in the ’90s-2000s. My Mum got me these ‘Worry Dolls’ from a Trade Aid shop (made out of cotton and sticks lol). I told them my worries and put them under my pillow at night hoping I wouldn’t feel ‘worried’ the next day. I remember feeling panicked and scared a lot and often had a tight and burning feeling in my chest, but I never could really work out why. Some days it was just worse than others.”
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Definition: Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave and can cause physical symptoms, Severe anxiety can seriously affect day-to-day living.
“I know when your anxiety is really intense nothing in that moment feels like it helps, I also know what it’s like when someone says “Eat this” or “Go for a walk and get some fresh air and you’ll feel better” or “You just need to stop overthinking so much”. Well, first of all, it’s that easy OK!
I’m not trying to tell you to do these things and you won’t feel anxious anymore, but there are lots of things you can do on a daily basis which will improve your well-being and help you manage your anxiety. You need to come up with an action plan. Work out what helps you and then as soon as your anxiety kicks in start working through your action plan STRAIGHT AWAY.”
Here’s what I’ve found has helped me:
Change your perception about anxiety
“Once I stopped being scared of my anxiety (and trust me it hasn’t always been easy) and tried to stop it from happening or control it things have seriously changed. You see all of us experience anxiety to a certain degree. It’s a normal human emotion, and you can never fully get rid of an emotion. So just like you will always experience happiness you will probably always experience anxiety. Some of us more than others.
What really changed things was when I started looking at my anxiety differently. I had a therapist explain (and this is what mindfulness apps tell you) not to fight it but to acknowledge it. ‘Hello anxiety I see you’ve come to say hi’. This is happening right now, give it some space, see it for what it is, do all your good things that help and ride it out. Because you will ride it out and it will get less intense and you WILL feel better soon.
What is mindfulness? It’s a mental state achieved by focusing on awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, It is used as a therapeutic technique.
I recommend reading Ruby Wax’s Number one Bestseller Sane New World- Taming the Mind. Ruby explains mindfulness better than I think anyone ever has. She takes you through how to practise, the mental, emotional and also proven physical health benefits of regular mindfulness.
Anxiety for a lot of us is overthinking. One of the first things I do when I start feeling anxious is listen to a mindfulness meditation to calm the anxious thoughts and literally tame my mind.
Meditation and Yoga