We know that health is a spectrum and within that spectrum, we have our physical well-being, spiritual well-being, and mental well-being. I wanted to touch on the mental component because I often feel like it gets overlooked a lot and today I’m going to focus on something that affects many adults and today many younger adolescents as well.

Let’s talk about anxiety.

Anxiety attacks aren’t always hyperventilating & rocking back and forth. They also come in the form of:

  • Random bursts of irritability

  • Obsessive behavior and nit picking

  • Hypersensitivity

  • Pacing

  • Silence

  • Overthinking

  • Zoning out

  • Brain fog ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Here are some helpful ways I personally deal with my own anxiety:

Routine

Anxiety thrives on turbulence and uncertainty so creating a routine helps me A LOT.

Rationalize

Anxiety pulls out the worst-case-scenario. I tell myself the reality of the situation won’t be as bad as I’m making it in my head and do my best to focus on the present instead of getting caught up with all the what-ifs.

Talk

I reach out to friends who can help me rationalize and sort through my thoughts.

Schedule

If there’s something that’s triggering my anxiety, I’ll schedule it into my day/week. Putting things off indefinitely makes things a hell of a lot worse.

Mindfulness

Finding things that occupy and calm my mind and spirit has helped. For me, that’s been meditation.

SO many of us deal with this on a daily basis- you do NOT need to suffer alone in silence!

By speaking freely and openly about mental health, we open the door for others to do the same. ⠀⠀

Do you have any tips on how to manage/cope with your anxiety? The more we talk about mental health, the more we break the stigma. Leave a comment below.⠀⠀⠀⠀

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