Before I begin, please keep in mind that I am not qualified in any way, so please don’t take what I say as gospel. These are just my thoughts/responses as a person who has years of experience with varying types and intensities of anxiety.
Before asking me any of these questions:
- What kind of anxiety do I have/ how did I know I had a real anxiety disorder?
- Have you taken the Myers-Briggs personality test? If so, what is your type?
- Do you have any other mental disorders?
- Can you REALLY have anxiety without having panic attacks?
- What is the difference between an anxiety attack and a panic attack?
- How do you know if you have anxiety or if you’re just too stressed?
- How do you tell a teacher/parent/friend you have anxiety?
- How do you get a friend to see a psychologist or get help?
Please look here first!
Thank you :)
How to get rid of anxiety by Leonie Dawson from goddessguidebook.com
One (very smiley!) sufferer’s favourite method of dealing with anxiety attacks.
Therapy helps! When you build up the courage, and there’s nothing wrong with that taking a little time, I really encourage anyone who thinks they need it to talk to a professional. Personally I’ve found it very helpful. Talking to friends is great, but sometimes they just can’t understand as well as a councillor, or say just the right things.
As I’ve mentioned before, you can do this by talking to a school councillor, calling a hotline, or making an appointment with your GP. If you live in Victoria (Not sure if they are elsewhere) I know that EACH counselling is free, very handy.
Peace and shit,
I’ve had a lot of messages asking for my personal tips on dealing with anxiety. Keep in mind that these are what I have found useful, and they may not work for everyone, and some may not be everyone’s cup of tea! Anyhoo- these are my main tips for dealing with the scaredy cat within:
- Learn to distinguish between how you feel and how your anxiety feels. This is basically a process of becoming more aware of what are your normal everyday nerves and what are abnormal. I find that acknowledging when I am having these irrational thoughts helps me to deal with them because I know that they are fuelled by my anxiety disorder, not necessarily from a warranted source.
- Acknowledge your anxious feelings and act anyway. This can be very difficult at times and obviously doesn’t have a 100% success rate, but it’s important for moral and your general goings on to not be too inhibited by our nervousness.
- (This is a similar note but,) Don’t forget to leave the house! You’ve gotta get out and have fun, for sanity’s sake. Even if it’s just a walk down to the park or something like that, it’s better than staying locked in your basement with three spears and an internet connection.
- Practice meditation and mindfulness techniques. I first started doing this because my doctor suggested it and it has been surprisingly effective. Some of my main ‘anxiety hot spots’ are train stations and shopping centres, and becoming hyper aware of the way I was walking often made me just want to melt into a puddle of tears! Practicing mindful walking (and eating) helped me stop becoming so hyperaware of myself because I am focusing on my body in a different and far more calming way. Meditation is also incredibly beneficial for your mind- to quote my doctor “it gives your brain some time out from the banter of thoughts it puts up with most of the time, and really everyone should do it”. If you don’t know where to start, just search guided meditations into youtube, there are some really good ones in there to start you off. Incidentally if you are having trouble sleeping there are lots of them to assist you getting a better nights rest.
- Remember that we are brave, and never be ashamed. Don’t let your self-esteem get too much of a battering because of all this. We didn’t ask for anxiety but we live our lives the best we can with it, and the fact that we keep fighting is a credit to us!
Hopefully some of this will be of use to at least one of you. They’re the main things I do to help myself deal with this shit and live life in a semi-normal way.
Peace and things,
You suck! No, no, I kid.
I’ve received a few messages regarding this so I thought I’d make a post for all to see.
If you have not been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and you can relate to a lot of the posts on this blog, that does not necessarily mean that you have one.
I realise that if I was in your shoes I would be freaking out a little too- to know that you’re not alone in your woes is great, but to know this gives you a good chance of having something awry upstairs isn’t the greatest outcome!
What you’ve got to keep in mind though is that self-diagnosis is often faulty and sometimes dangerous. You could be relating to a lot of these posts because in every person there is a healthy level of anxiety or nervousness, and that is completely normal. However if you really are having some serious health concerns then my best recommendation is to seek professional help. You can do this by organising a meeting with a school councillor, calling a hotline, or making an appointment with your local GP.
There’s always help available if we choose to seek it.
Ps- Anxiety Cat was featured on a massive meme blog last night, and this kitty woke up to what I can only describe as a shitload of submissions! So look forward to your dash being clogged with big yellow eyes. Peace!