How I Handle Anxiety
a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.
"You don't always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens."
Occasionally I'll have awful anxiety attacks. When I am put in situations with a lot of people to where I feel claustrophobic, or when going places by myself, or trying new things, I become really anxious. I sometimes start to have an anxiety attack to where I am running away from the situation. My wall instantly goes up.
I'm preventing myself and sometimes my family from experiencing new things.
I try to wake up each day with an open mindset and I have practiced a few things to prevent myself from running from situations that make me anxious and I'm sharing them with whoever may be experiencing the same thing.
- Breathe. Count silently in your head and just breathe for a moment.
- Step away from the situation, recover, then return shortly after.
- Jump In! Sometimes our thoughts are a little scarier than the physical experience.
- Have support. Bring someone with you in those situations that make you anxious. It feels good to have someone notice your progress. Johnathan will put his hand on my back and tell me how proud he is of how I'm handling everything.
- Believe in yourself. If you believe and tell yourself you can handle something then you can.
I'm going out more by myself. I now go to coffeehouses and just sit and enjoy the atmosphere. I'm trying new things. I'm allowing Jordan to try new things and be a little more independent. We go to festivals and events where there are a lot of people but I don't allow my anxious thoughts to prevent me from having a good time.
I believe that we are all in control of our emotions, our thoughts, our bodies, our souls. And if we change the way we think and the actions we do into a more positive way, then we have more positive outcomes. That's how it's been working for me. I'm happier. I'm living. I'm creating new life experiences. Everyone deserves that.
Love & Light.