You suffer from anxiety, many do, but what if I told you that you have two choices, give in and suffer or live with your anxiety? Now, you are probably saying to yourself “Isn’t living with anxiety suffering?” sure, I see your point, but it’s all about how you chose to live with it.
If you struggle with anxiety, I’m sure you’ve got a million things running through your mind when you’re in mid-anxiety attack mode! Having anxiety from a young age, I’ve tried many things to help me cope, but one thing that’s for sure is I need to keep my mind busy to shut off my anxious thoughts.
We’ve all been there at some point, but how everyone copes with anxiety is different. What works for you, may not work for another, and sometimes what works for you doesn’t always work. It’s all about finding your own path and peaceful state of mind! It’s not easy and sometimes it drains the sh*t out of me, and if you suffer from any form of a mental health illness, I’m sure you can relate.
So, what helps me? I’ll tell you…I need to focus my attention elsewhere and start doing something else right away. Here are a few things that tend to help me and I hope they can help you too:
- Exercise- One thing I have noticed about my own body is how I feel when I am active as opposed to how I feel on days where I am not active. From taking yoga, Zumba and spin classes to a simple cardio workout on the elliptical, as long as I am continuously active for at least 30 minutes or more I feel amazing.
- Talking to someone. Simply having a conversation to distract the mind is one of the easiest ways to come out of an anxiety attack. Of course, sometimes it takes a while but if I have a consistent conversation my anxious mind tends to mellow out. Remember the middle and high school days, where you would come home from school and call your best friend and talk for hours? Well, grab the phone and chat away if you don’t have anyone physically with you. Talk about something that makes you happy, plan a get together with a friend or family member… Anything to distract your mind from those anxious thoughts.
- Meditate- Meditation is an extremely effective practice that has been around for such a long time, but personally I have not found all that much help out of this, unless I am having a serious panic attack. Meditation focuses on being in the present, which for me, if hard to do when I am anxious. I’m trying to escape the present thoughts and focus on something to distract my mind. On the contrary, when I am having a bad panic attack, I do find that meditation helps me by focusing on my breathe to keep my heart rate down. I guess you could say I need more practice in this area!
How you choose to live with your anxiety is your choice. Of course, some days will be better than others, but knowing you are not alone definitely helps to make it easier. That said, sometimes things that usually help ease my anxiety don’t always work, so I am constantly seeking new ways to help stay focused and in a peaceful state of mind. It all starts with finding our inner strength, and knowing that no matter what your feeling, it’s only temporary.