How I deal with anxiety


Webs definition of anxiety: A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.


I am no doctor and never will proclaim to be (although I wanted to be an EMT - until I took the class and decided it was not for me!) but this is how I handle my anxiety attacks. It may work for you or may not, but just know that you are not alone. More than 3 million people in the US are suffering from this on a yearly bases.


You honestly never know when an anxiety attack will hit. Just last night, around midnight, I randomly had an anxiety attack. My heart was beating fast, I felt like I couldn't breathe. I felt dizzy and sick to my stomach. It kept me up for 2 hours. Moments like that are hard to prevent or calm down from. I hardly have attacks while I'm trying to sleep, but lately my mind has been all over the place and I find myself overthinking.

My most common attacks are when I'm extremely uncomfortable and nervous. Like getting ready for a big exam or going somewhere for the first time, it's just hard to know what to expect and I'm someone who really likes to know!

Recently I've been dealing with a breakup (lasted 7 years). Although the breakup happened early last year, I still till this day have anxiety over it - it was such a huge part of my life. I'm nervous of what people think, what they will say. I'm just scared of being judged. I've never dealt with a situation like this before and seem to be surrounded by a lot of judgmental people. I've always been a sensitive human being, and that I know will never change, but I allow negativity to control my mind. I can be vulnerable in those situations where it overwhelms me and I just break down. My attacks have been so bad that I was sick for almost a week, feeling like I was going to throw up, that I couldn't breathe at times, and felt even close to fainting. Anxiety is just plain scary and I honestly just don't know what to ever expect.

How I deal with my anxiety:
1) Talk to someone - I find being able to express myself helps relieve a lot of that anxiety tension. 

2) Listen to music - A lot of times I will put my headphones on, close my eyes and just listen to the music. 

3) Exercise - At home, at the gym, or even the beach. No matter where, just exercise (ex:running, walking, pumping iron). I find this helps a lot with dealing with anxiety. It helps take your mind off whatever you are worrying about. It also helps with stress.

4) Start a blog - No matter how shy or strong minded you are, sharing your experiences can help your viewers. I enjoy writing and creating content that I hope inspire somebody. Days seem to go by faster when I'm busy typing away on my laptop.

5) Cook - I enjoy cooking fun dishes or baking some yummy cookies. Taking your mind off of whatever is making you uncomfortable is taken away by the smell of delicious food. Even better, you get to eat it!

6) Travel - Recently I've been traveling A LOT and I find when I'm out exploring the world, my nervousness is no longer there. I stop caring about what people think and start enjoying my life.

7) Take pictures - Professional or not, you don't need to have experience to take pictures. You also don't need a fancy camera and savvy editing skills. Taking photos makes me happy. I enjoy clicking away at the beautiful scenery, or at someone who makes me happy. Editing also allows my brain to run like the wind and express myself!

8) Paint - I love painting. It runs in my B L O O D. I've always loved painting since I could write! And if your over 21, grab your girlfriends and a bottle of wine and have a paint night. You'll be surprised how much fun you'll be having.


I hope some of these tips can help you - even if you don't suffer from anxiety. It's also a great stress reliever! School, jobs, and drama can create a lot of stress. 

If you have any tips that you feel help you, comment them below! And never forget, your never alone. No matter how severe your attacks are or not.

Much love,

Jessica


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