Living with Anxiety

Anxiety is a natural response from your body to stress. When it starts to affect your daily life, it becomes a challenge to live happily. It became a massive burden to me years ago, especially throughout attending school. When stress started rolling in, anxiety ultimately started controlling my life. It filled my days with sadness and fear.

I am currently attending therapy and I keep fighting the anxiety every day. Throughout the last couple of years, I’ve tried several different coping techniques, not all of them were successful. Successful meaning effective, healthy, and relevant.

Sharing some of the most useful techniques I have learned during my therapy may be of relevance to you. While some may be effective for you, some may not – most important in choosing what is successful for YOU is that you listen to your own body and the signals it sends you. Trust your intuition and learn to take constructive criticism into consideration. Allow yourself to make mistakes and learn from them!

Coping mechanism – define its effectiveness

Living with anxiety, basically since I can remember has been challenging, affecting many different aspects of my life. There were many times I just wished it would go away, but it didn’t. I had to learn how to deal with it on daily basis, minimize its effects on me. I tried many different coping mechanisms. Some of the choices were healthy and effective, but not every single one will work on me or you as we all take to this disorder differently!

I invite everyone to try some of those coping mechanisms even if their anxiety strikes rarely. Remembering how to deal with anxiety in a healthy manner will reduce its duration and bad effects on your body and mind.

Fighting anxiety will require commitment and consistency. You can do it.

The most important thing to remember is to put your health and mental health as your no. 1 priority.

Having healthy routines in place will make it easier and less challenging on daily basis. Knowing what is coming next gives me a sense of comfort and control. Start off with Morning Routine and Evening Routine. List making, keeping a weekly planner and organising can do wonders for calming down your running mind and helps you introduce a sense of consistency to your life. 

Not having toxic people around, as they are draining the last bits of your positive energy, sometimes without you realizing it. If you cannot break off the unhealthy relationship altogether, limit the time with them to minimum. If you feel your social energy is drained, this is the first red flag!

Having a good Support System. Define the people who do things for you out of love, rather than for their own gratification. Learn to spot when people only help you to take advantage of you later. There is no such as ‘you owe me’ when ‘you love me’. 

Practice Me/Alone Time on self-care activities, or any activity that makes you truly happy. Spending time alone is a thing we all must learn to do, sooner or later but guaranteed in our lifetime. It is so important to learn to fill time by yourself and learn to enjoy solitude.

Practice breathing – yes – you read that correctly. Mindful breathing exercises will result in more effective breathing, so that when once the anxiety is starting to influence you the breathing makes it easier for you to calm yourself down. Breathe deeply! There are apps you can download or videos you can watch to guide you through those breathing exercising.

Organization and Planning are definitely my favourite. Taking time daily to plan today to do list and the day ahead makes it less worrying even with constant anxiety. I know what I need to do clearly, bullet journal or calendar works great for me, but there are also many apps you can download on your phone that will help you with your planning.

Living with Anxiety is never going to be easy but making it less impactful on my body and life is the best self-care for me at this moment. Hopefully, you can use some comfort in the techniques I have mentioned, and I wish you for you to see the improvement yourself!

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