Long story short is, everyone has mental health obstacles...
- Some of just had better resources to either distract ourselves from dealing with them, routines, and/or vices that work well for them. Otherwise, you are... full of shit if you say you don't.
That being said, I was full of shit and didn't think I had any mental health battles, until it smacked my ass to the floor. I was formally the guy that told his sister her panic attacks were fake and made up (which they were). However, we didn't grow up with the resources to help guide us through feeling "normal" again.
What I found through my journey of my first panic attack (12/20/2019 Right before the vid uncovered this for all of us ironically) was...
- Anxiety wasn't going away, however accepting it and not running from it helps manage it.
- When my body was under stress physically or mentally, I would get anxiety. This even included caring for some reason what people thought of me in public and starting to get social anxiety.
Any who... ha
I'm not a mental health professional, but I can offer some general techniques that may help in relieving anxiety. It's important to note that everyone's experience with anxiety is different, so what works for one person may not work for another. If you're dealing with severe or persistent anxiety, it's always best to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice. However, here are some strategies that may be helpful:
Deep breathing: Take slow, deep breaths, focusing on your breath as you inhale and exhale. Deep breathing can help activate the body's relaxation response and calm your mind.
Progressive muscle relaxation: Starting from your toes and moving up through your body, tense and then relax each muscle group. This exercise can help release physical tension and promote relaxation.
Exercise regularly: Engaging in physical activity can help reduce anxiety and improve your mood. Find activities you enjoy, such as walking, running, yoga, or dancing, and incorporate them into your routine.
Practice mindfulness or meditation: Mindfulness involves paying attention to the present moment without judgment. Meditation techniques can help calm your mind and promote relaxation. You can try guided meditation apps or videos to get started.
Challenge negative thoughts: Notice any negative thoughts or worries that may be contributing to your anxiety. Try to replace them with more positive or realistic thoughts. Cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques can be helpful in this process.
Establish a routine: Creating a structured daily routine can provide a sense of stability and control, which may help reduce anxiety. Plan your activities and ensure you have time for relaxation and self-care.
Limit caffeine and alcohol: Both caffeine and alcohol can increase anxiety symptoms. Consider reducing or eliminating your intake of these substances, especially if you notice they exacerbate your anxiety.
Get enough sleep: Lack of sleep can contribute to feelings of anxiety. Aim for a consistent sleep schedule and create a relaxing bedtime routine to improve the quality of your sleep.
Connect with others: Social support can be beneficial in managing anxiety. Reach out to friends, family, or support groups to share your feelings and seek understanding.
Consider professional help: If your anxiety is significantly impacting your daily life, it may be beneficial to seek help from a mental health professional. They can provide guidance, support, and recommend appropriate treatments, such as therapy or medication.
Remember, these are general suggestions and may not be suitable for everyone. It's important to find what works best for you and to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice.
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