Who here has ever had an anxiety attack?
I know I have. Many times. I have been having panic attacks since I was 16 years old. 10 years worth of uncontrollable, groundbreaking body shaking and heart palpitations. Unnecessary sweats. Missing out of events and get togethers I can never get back. Losing friendships and relationships. Self consciousness. Passing up opportunities. The list goes on.
I typically don’t like to bring up the past but I am a firm believer in the fact that your past makes you who you are today. So many things have happened to humanity over the years.
Having anxiety or depression is not only mental, it affects you physically, as you may already know. Sometimes one panic attack could have me sick for days.
At one point, when I didn’t have control of my life ( See “It Is (Not) What It Is”) I was on medication for the anxiety and depression. Well to make a long story short, the medicine had a reverse affect on me and did not create a great experience. It made things worse. I lost my first apartment, lost friends, almost lost my job, wasn’t getting along with my family and THIS list goes on.
After this time in my life, I thought I learned my lesson to not stress and do silly things because I continued doing silly things for 4 more years after that.
I stressed over every little thing, self medicated and was as negative as anyone could be. There were times where I didn’t leave my house because I was so afraid something was going to happen to me.
It was once I found out I was have a baby I began to stop stressing over the little things because I knew I’d have to save my energy for bigger things from there on out.
It’s very easy to get sucked into worrying about every little thing. But it’s healthier to not.
I’ll list some things I have done to easy my mind a bit, maybe some of the tips will help YOU.
- First things first, you need to dig deep and find out exactly what it is that causes your anxiety or worry. Create a plan or write about how you are going to overcome it. Always remember, most of your worry are made up in your head!
- Do a social media detox. Delete or unfollow anything that posts about world and politic issues, negative pages or anything that makes you cringe. Personally, I deleted Anonymous, any news pages and any pages that I noticed posted animal cruelty videos or posts frequently.
- I do not have cable in my bedroom, therefore I do NOT watch the news. Ever! I stream movies and shows off Netflix or my computer. No news, no problem. Sometimes there is a whole lot of truth in the quote “Ignorance Is Bliss.”
- This may go one of two ways for any given person but I have decided to limit my circle of friends. Some people like to be surrounded by people all the time, but that creates a large amount of anxiety for me.
These are just a few of the major steps I have taken to reduce my anxiety levels.
Truth of the mater, if there is something you are concerned about, take action right away. I used to be the queen of dwelling and internalizing for about a week, then coming up with a plan (another week) and then taking forever to act on it. I have wasted so much time on “planning.” If you are a natural worrier, you need to be able to think and act quick on your troubles. It will make a big difference. And if it’s something you physically, mentally or financially can’t accomplish at that time, just be patient and shift your energy to something more positive. I’m still learning but I’d love to take you all on this journey and help each other out on the way.
❤️❤️❤️Happy Sunday, Samantha