Dealing With Anxiety: How to Let Go and Get Your Life Back
Anxiety is a serious mental illness that has grown all too common each passing year. It appears as though nearly everyone deals with some level of anxiety at some point in their life, and most have this illness at a dangerously high level along with other mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, and others. This illness is known most for causing a mental paralysis so severe in some cases that it makes people unable to function in society. For our own good, it is highly necessary to learn of methods to let go and get our lives back.
Would you like to learn how to defeat your anxiety? You're not alone!
Take a Deep Breath
Let's start with the basics; first, when you feel your tensions rising, take a deep breath. Inhale, and exhale. Repeat for as long as you need to. Breathing and focusing on the rhythm of your breathing has been known to work wonders on releasing negative emotions and unchaining yourself from that clutching feeling inside your chest. This also works on insomnia, which is often caused by anxiety. How it works is much like exercising; your body is given something to do physically, which helps take your mind off of its worries. Distraction is ultimately the trick to keeping anxiety at bay.
Find Someone to Confide In
The next thing to do is find someone you can confide in. A trusted friend, family member, your spouse, or your therapist can provide a good listening ear. Talking through your troubles and finding wise counsel works wonders just like breathing. One of the many lies that anxiety tells people is that you are alone in your problems and no one will help you out or listen to you. This is not the case! You may find yourself surprised and relieved to hear that there is always at least one or two people you can confide in who care about you and want you to feel better. As a side note, for those who have faith, God also serves as a listening ear to many; and He is one whom you can tell anything and everything to!
Again, I know it can be very difficult to battle your anxiety and talk to people about your problems. Anxiety lies to people often by telling them their problems don't matter, that no one cares, and that they are alone in everything they do. This is because in the lying eyes of anxiety, you are not capable of doing anything right, and therefore don't matter.
This is not the case! The truth is, you do matter. You are not a burden; there is always someone out there who is willing to help you. Granted, it's not everyone, but there's always at least one person whom you can indeed trust to talk to about your problems.
Take Things Day By Day
Finally, take each day one step at a time. Don't overwhelm yourself trying to make yourself better all in one day. It won't happen like that. You will get better over time, but with mental illnesses like anxiety and depression, there is no immediate fix. It takes a bit of work to get to feeling better, and there will be some set backs along the way. Don't get discouraged when they do happen, love. This is natural to getting your life back. Keep pushing forward even when you do have set backs. Breathing properly, taking medication, going for a walk, and talking to someone you trust works wonders on relieving tensions and anxieties. Treat mental illness as an illness, and allow yourself time to get better. Even if you don't feel like you deserve it at the moment, know that you need it. Feel better soon.
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