Yesterday I started a blog series about anxiety. If you’d like to read that blog first then simply click here or you can wait until after you are enlighted by today’s amazing post! When one struggles with anxiety there are inevitably times they think they may never get better, they are going to go crazy, and/or no one on earth could possibly know how bad they feel. It can also send us into isolation…especially if the anxiety revolves around social events. So there you are…feeling like your insides are shaking, you may sweat when its 30 degrees, you need support, but you may not want to leave the house! You also haven’t told anyone just how crazy you are feeling, because you are just sure they wouldn’t understand and may even be judgmental. And if that isn’t enough to keep you from sharing how you feel then there is the advice you know you’ll get when you do tell them. Let’s go over them together:
None of those things are bad advice! In fact, some of those things are great advice, but we already know them! When someone is struggling with anxiety what they really need is someone to listen or quite frankly…they need someone to distract them! We need someone to get our mind on other things. However, we can’t expect others to be the solution to our problem. Meaning, one of the best things we can do is learn to find things that will distract us. I realize that is easier said than done! Especially if you latch on to a problem and refuse to think of anything else, but for me I have found that strenuous exercise helps. I have fellow anxiety suffers tell me they use crossfit, hiking, swimming, Orange Theory Fitness, and the list goes on. When you feel anxiety building up inside of you it must be released. It is why you begin to fidget, possibly tremble, or even shake. So when you are feeling anxious it can’t hurt to at least take a quick walk! Find something to release the energy out of the anxiety. After all, anxiety is the abundance of energy.
Let me leave you with two thoughts. One, anxiety often occurs because we are pretending something bad is going to happen. We don’t know…we think things are going to go bad so we feel bad! Do your best to remind yourself that you are NOT in danger. You are pretending that you are in danger. If you can’t stop pretending then at least remind yourself that you are indeed…pretending to be in danger. Lastly, you are not alone! There are many people struggling and beating anxiety.
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