Coping with anxiety
Anxiety is a state of uneasiness and apprehension. Everyone who deals with anxiety has different symptoms. Although this disorder reacts to everyone differently, it can be very frustrating to live your life with it. Some people have anxiety about elevators, air travel, large crowds, grocery stores, etc. When people with anxiety get in a situation that relates to their fear they feel out of control and fantasize about the worse thing that could happen. This makes doing anything in life extremely difficult. When someone is having an anxiety attack they may get the jitters or start shaking. The most common symptom is rocking back and forth as if they are trying to escape. Most people who deal with anxiety don't think there is anything that can help them and may have some anxiety about actually getting help, so they don't. Although it is easily said than done, fortunately, there is help for those out there who need it.
The first thing you have to understand when dealing with anxiety is the fact that you need to enjoy life. Living in fear is not the way to live. Some people have developed anxiety overtime when they are doing nothing but working at their job all day. They sometimes will feel that this is the only way of life. This is most certainly not true. It is important to get out there in the sun and enjoy life every once in a while. With the busy lifestyles these days it may sometimes be hard to do this. However, it is important to find the time and live happily with your family whether it's playing on the playground or laying out at the beach.
Think About The Situation
Ask yourself, "what is the worst that could happen?" When you reply with an answer such as, "nothing", remind yourself that it is silly and you certainty do not have anything to worry about. Some people worry about what others will think of them. They may think to themselves, "what if I pass out in the store? Or what if I throw up?" The chances of you actually doing this are very slim. Most likely you have never done this in the past so you won't now. If you really feel like you are going to tell yourself that you don't care what other people think of you. When approaching a situation that you have anxiety about, it is important to prep yourself for it rather than walking right into it. Keep telling yourself in your head over and over that you can do it! Put positive words in your head.
Face Your Fears
Of course facing your fear is easier said than done, if you have confidence in yourself you can do it! This is the largest step you will have to take when dealing with your anxiety. Let's say you have anxiety about going into a store, first, remind yourself that you don't have anything to worry about. Next, walk into that store with your head held high. Many people have anxiety about going into a store because of the crowd and they feel claustrophobic. For these people it helps to always be able to see an entrance. If you stay towards the front of the store you will always be able to see that exit in case you ever need to escape. What if you need something in the back of the store? As you start to face your fear, make some progress and slowly work your way in the back of the store. Once you have accomplished this you can accomplish anything. Now next time when you need to go to the store you can look back and remind yourself that you have done it before and you can definitely do it again.
Bring A Friend Or Go Alone
Doing something with someone or alone all depends on how you feel about it. Some people prefer to do things by themselves while others feel better with a friend. Do what makes you feel most comfortable. A friend may be there to help give support when you need it. Sometimes people also feel that if they have a friend there and there is an emergency, that is one extra person that will be willing to help you out. If you find someone that is also dealing with a similar form of anxiety, it will not only benefit you but it will benefit your friend as well. Doing things together is great as you can overcome your fears together. Someone that also has this anxiety disorder will be able to understand where you are coming from easier and you both will be able to give each other support.
After you have gotten past one of your fears reward yourself to a day at the spa or that snickers candy bar that you have been craving all week. Rewards not only help you overcome your anxiety but it gives you a reminder that you can do it again. By not rewarding yourself you aren't giving yourself any reason to get over your fears and may be living with anxiety for the rest of your life.
Use Medication If You Must
Although you should try to cope with your anxiety on your own, sometimes you just can't do it. If this is the case, make an appointment with your Doctor so he can write down all of the symptoms you are having. He then can put you on a medication that he feels will work well. Keep in mind that most types of anxiety medications take some time to kick in, you should not get frustrated if you don't see an improvement in yourself immediately.
Living in fear is not only hard for you, but it is also hard for your loved ones. If you have anxiety and avoid doing things in life that you truly love doing, it is time that you got help for yourself. In most cases if one has anxiety they also develop depression over time. You should not feel embarrassed about your anxiety disorder, but simply work with your symptoms to get through it. After all of your anxiety has passed, you will definitely be thankful you got help and will be thoroughly enjoying your life the way you should be.
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