Anxiety, something that no one wants to talk about and when they do its glamorized. I have struggled with anxiety since I can remember, but no one ever told me what exactly it was.
“Anxiety is a mental health disorder characterized by feelings of worry, anxiety or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one’s daily activities”-Mayo clinic.
For some, it can be slim but for others, it changes everything, making the smallest decisions feel like a life or death choice. Sitting in bed at 2 in the morning thinking about something that happened 5 years ago or thinking of something that probably would never happen to you can end in a panic attack. It is the feeling as if you are running a race without ever leaving your seat, It’s overwhelming, consuming, and hard to escape. It takes your breath away with zero effort and leaves you feeling completely exhausted. Yet why doesn’t anyone want to speak out about it? I’m not afraid to talk about it and if you ask me about I’ll tell you! No, it doesn’t trigger me and No, I don’t mind. It can be really hard to speak about something you don’t really understand or know why you have these feelings (trust me I’m still figuring it out) but it is important to talk about it.
I don’t really remember a specific time when my anxiety started, I just knew when I was little that my brain would never stop going, it would take one simple comment or situation and spin it to where it feels like a disaster that is unavoidable. When I was little I could never spend the night at a friends house because I would get panic attacks around midnight and had to be sent home, I would all of a sudden get hot, my heart would start racing, I couldn’t control my emotions, and all I could do was cry. Since then anxiety still gets me but shows the most when I travel, it makes it hard for me to change my routine but, I have to remember that I may have anxiety but I am NOT anxiety, and I can’t let it control me. I’m still working on handling my anxiety day-to-day and it is still hard makes quick decisions, and to not worry what everyone thinks or says to me and I wish there was a way for me to stop all of the scary thoughts or to stop the feeling but right now there really isn’t and that’s okay, I have found some natural remedies to help that I’ll list below! I hope this helps if you are struggling and/or feel alone.
Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring enough worries of its own. – Matthew 6:34
I promise you, that you aren’t alone and I am always here to help if you need someone to talk to.
- Camomile tea
- Focus on your breathing
- Lavender oil
- Sing a song that takes a lot of thinking, like the 12 days or Christmas or your ABCs backward
- Watching something that makes you giggle
Please feel free to write some of your tips in the comments below!
All the love,