Dealing With Anxiety


If you've read some of my older posts, you'll know that I have anxiety. When I first discovered that I had it, I took to browsing the internet (way too much...) to try and find ways of dealing and coping with it. I managed to find a lot of good tips, some that I still use to this day, so I've decided to pop them all into one place, for all of you out there that are looking for a few tips! Because, although we all have our own ways of coping, it's nice to find other methods that you may have not thought of before! Also, not all of these tips are strictly for people dealing with anxiety and a lot of them will most likely help those of you suffering from other mental illnesses, but anyway...I hope you find it helpful in some way!

1. EDUCATE YOURSELF 

Now, I don't mean trawl the internet for hours studying all your symptoms..because that can make the situation 10 times worse, especially if you're an anxious person!! But it is important to educate yourself on your anxiety, in order to understand the condition as best as you can. The more you understand what is happening to your body, the more calm you will be about it - instead of worrying even more every time you have a panic/anxiety attack, you can understand that it's the adrenaline in your body making your breathing rapid or making you shake. Obviously, it's important to find a website you can trust when researching anything to do with your health - mental or physical! In fact, if you can't find a website you think is truly reliable I recommend talking to your doctor (they definitely know what they're talking about!) 

2. PROFESSIONAL HELP

If you have anxiety it's so important not to face it alone and professional help such as counselling or therapy can really be beneficial when trying to face your fears and anxiety! The best place to start when seeking professional help is to make a doctors appointment, they can point you in the right direction for you whether that be medication, or referring you to a therapist. Personally, I was put on medication, but also my doctor was able to give me her own personal advice, which helped me just as much. The biggest thing to remember is that you don't have to face it alone - there is always someone out there who will be looking out for you and will be able to help you deal with your anxiety. 

3. FIND SUPPORT

Whether it be your closest friend, your partner or family members it's so important to be honest with them and to let them know that they should be there to support you! Allow them to educate themselves on your anxiety so that they can understand when you're having a bad day, or why you don't feel like going out. If you feel like they aren't being as supportive as they could be it's a really good idea to talk about it with them and if the problem persists, maybe re-evaluate your friendship with them and ask yourself if they're making you feel worse.. If you have a friend who has also got anxiety (even if this is an online friend!) its such a good idea to find support in each other and let each other know that you aren't alone - because I know we can all feel a little crazy sometimes, but 99% of the time we aren't the only one having these thoughts!!  

4. TALK ABOUT IT 

Although it can be difficult, it's so important to talk about your feelings (I know with anxiety, a lot of the time you don't really know why you're feeling anxious!) it's so important not to keep those feelings you can share bottled it, this can make the situation worse! Make sure you are sharing these thoughts with someone you trust, maybe a family member, closest friend or teacher. A lot of the time this can act as the first stepping stone to recovery, because talking about your feelings can make them clearer in your head and can make you a little bit more aware of what you want and what you really need. 

5. YOUR PHONE

One thing that I actually found and still find really helpful when dealing with my anxiety, particularly on bad days are apps! Let's be honest, most of us have our phones constantly stuck to our hand (and if you say you don't, you're probably lying..!) so apps are a great way of coping with anxiety, that is literally at our fingertips! One of the apps that I have tried and loved in the past is 'Pacifica' which can basically be used to track your mood overtime - which is a great way of tracking your progress and seeing how far you've come. You can also use it for muscle relaxation techniques and daily anti-anxiety experiments! Another way that your phone can come in handy is at night - on anxious days I tend to find it really difficult to sleep, as anxious thoughts are keeping me awake. I always find that listening to a podcast, music or white nose app can really benefit me and helps me to sleep, (obviously this wont work for anyone who needs silence in order to go to sleep) and let's be honest when we've had a good nights sleep we always have a better day the next day - so it's like a circle!

6. RELAXATION

For me, whenever I'm having a particularly anxious day I always find that a good bath with a Lush bubble bar does just the trick and at least distracts me from my worries. So try and find that little thing that really relaxes you and makes you feel better; whether it be spending time with a pet, going for a long walk or getting stuck in a good book! Even though it's only temporary, we all need a little break every now and again just to breathe and to relax our muscles! It doesn't even have to be a relaxing activity -  I've always found that listening to music can really help me to stop worrying, so stick on your favourite song and have a little boogie, you'll soon loosen up! 

7. POSITIVITY! 

Instead of viewing anxiety as a barrier that is stopping you from living your life to the fullest, view it in a positive way and look at it like the thing that has made you into a better person - look at how far you've come and how many skills you have gained from having anxiety! Every time anxiety gets in the way show yourself how it has made you into a stronger person that can face all their fears, whether they are big or small. And always remember that you can overcome this, you've proven so often in the past how powerful you can be and it will never truly stop you from living your life! 



18 comments :

  1. Great tips and advice! I suffer with anxiety and depression. I'm definitely going to check out that app :) sounds really useful xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I'm so glad you found my tips helpful and I hope the app is beneficial to you! Stay strong lovely! x

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  2. I need to try out the Pacifica app! I love listening to music to help me relax too, thanks for your tips x

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    1. I'm glad you found it helpful - thanks so much for reading! :) x

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  3. I've started doing relaxation, even just 5 minutes a day and gradually making it longer seems to help. I agree with educating yourself but I usually go to far and end up thinking that I'm dying. :S I think even just writing a diary or blogging about it is a good way to put everything into perspective.

    Sally - DiagonSally

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    1. I NEED to do relaxation - I always seem to come up with the excuse that I don't have enough time, but I mean 5 minutes is nothing!! I completely agree with you on the education thing - that's why I think going to your doctor is better and more reassuring!! I've also definitely found blogging really helpful x

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  4. I think sleep is such a vital part of helping to improve your anxiety - I read before bed and spend a while winding down before I get into bed. I find having bedtime rituals helps too - I always cleanse my face and have a lamp on whilst I'm reading so the light is not too bright. These tips were really helpful!

    Steph - http://nourishmeclean.blogspot.com

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    1. That is such a helpful tip, I completely agree that a wind down really helps me to sleep better and to calm my anxiety! Thanks so much for sharing! X

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  5. I definitely agree with educating yourself and being able to talk to somebody about it. I've found overtime it gets easier being able to speak up about it and it really does lift a weight off your shoulders. Love these tips. X

    C

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    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comment, I'm so glad you found this helpful! x

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  6. I suffer from anxiety and I can relate to so many of these points. I can't thank you enough for doing this post, it was really helpful for me and I really needed it. You're the best! ♥(:

    www.blossomikebana.com

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    1. Awh! No worries lovely - I'm so glad you found it helpful! Always remember I'm around if you ever need a chat! x

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  7. I love this :) One of my favourite apps when I'm anxious is the calm app, definitely one to try :)
    Lucy xoxo
    http://lucyannblog.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks so much! Ooh - I will definitely try that app for sure! x

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  8. Amazing tips, Jemma. Seeking help and educating yourself about the matter is the best thing you can do. Also, trying to adapt positive mindset I found very helpful in my case :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. Thanks so much lovely! Positive mindset is always the best way to go - Like I said, just view anxiety as a thing that has made you stronger and a better person, that definitely makes me feel better! x

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  9. Wow! You & I must be on the same blog wave length or something because I just posted about depression & anxiety on my blog, & my first tip was also Educate Yourself'. Ha! Maybe we were the same person in a past life or something. I really liked this post. I think it's so important to bring awareness to mental health.

    Kate
    www.kateboheme.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha! That's funny - I'll have to check that post out! :) Thanks so much for reading x

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