Oh anxiety. So great to see you, can you please leave and never come back? Thank you!
Ugh, only if it were that easy. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, from puberty to age 50, women are twice as likely to have anxiety as a man. Also, as a cherry on top, women also face anxiety disorders earlier in life than men.
To recap, women more likely to have anxiety younger and more frequently. Thank you XX chromosomes!
In the interest of honesty, I was up most of last night due to thoughts of impending doom with no basis. This was a constant feeling of dread in my stomach that no amount of Netflix could quiet. Although, I did wake up to a dog throwing up multiple times so maybe the anxiety had a bit of foretelling twist to it.
Anxiety is hard because no matter how much you think you have it under control, it has no anxiety about popping up whenever it wants. See what I did there? Anxiety doesn’t have anxiety! Anyways, I digress.
If your anxiety is in the form of panic attacks, compiled with physical ailments or bad enough that it impacts your ability to function as a normal part of society, please see a doctor. There is no shame in seeing a mental health professional. They did not create the entire mental health system for you – it is there for a reason so use it!
If you want to try some anxiety busters on your own, keep reading.
We compiled a few of the best tips from Psychology Today’s article, 22 Quick Tips to Change your Anxiety Forever by Linda Esposito, LCSW. Forever is a big promise, however, even if they work for a bit, it is worth a try!
- Get Rid of Clutter. Taking control and organizing a drawer or closet channels that anxiety energy into a tangible end goal. It allows you to focus, do something productive and at the end of it, you have a cleaner space. Wins all the way around.
- Reduce Caffeine and Sugar. Caffeine and sugar are stimulants. This means that they can wreak havoc on your sense of calm as well and jack up your nervous system. The last thing you need when you have anxiety is a stimulate! Switch out the caffeine and sugar for water and healthier options and see if that helps keep you calm from the inside out.
- Know That Feelings Are Not Facts. This one is a little bit harder and scarier because it involves you facing your anxiety and the root causes head-on. One way to recognize that your feelings are not facts is to literally talk yourself through negative thoughts. Ask yourself out-loud, “is this a fact or a feeling?” Once you discern if it is in fact a feeling, acknowledge it, then deep breath out the negativity.
- Get A Therapist. Look, not everything can be solved without professional help, and that is ok! Find a professional you can trust and use their expert medical opinion to get yourself on track to living a life that includes managing your anxiety.
It is important to remember you are not alone. Everyone faces anxiety at some point. It can be brought on by work or personal issues, or the fact that it is Tuesday and anxiety wants to come out to play. Anxiety is a dick. That’s a fact. However, remember that you can beat it, it just may take time and a combination of different techniques.
Don’t be afraid to do what you need to do for your well being. When you are feeling good, that translates to all areas of your life. Your purpose is easier to find when you are starting with a strong foundation and plan of action. Get out there. Be a badass and remember you are not alone.
May is Mental Health Awareness month in the United States. To find out more, click here.