“I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.”
– Steve Maraboli
I’m going to take this blog in a whole new direction. When I wrote about my anxiety issues I had a while back, I couldn’t help but notice how many of us struggle with this problem. So instead of writing about what is going on with me and what I’ve done the past few weeks, I decided to write about some relief options for those of us with anxiety issues.
When I struggled with my anxiety, I got on the internet and looked up what other people did to help themselves distract their minds. A very common distraction was to use all five of your senses in a pattern. Crazy, right? So one time I tried it and surprisingly it helped out a little bit. I focused on everything I was touching, what I was hearing, what I was looking at, the taste of the gum in my mouth, and the smell of my perfume I was wearing. It seemed to distract my mind for a little while but it didn’t take long for my mind to go right back to panic mode.
Another thing I did was write about what I was feeling right in the middle of my attacks. I literally was in the middle of an attack and wrote down every little thing I was thinking and how I was feeling. It made me feel better to just let out how I was feeling. Which gets me to another reliever…
Talk to a friend or family member about it. For me, it felt so good to express every feeling I felt and everything I was thinking about at the time of the attack. For most people, nobody wants to talk about that because they feel embarrassed, but believe me, there is so many people with this issue. You aren’t alone in this, so why not just talk about it to others? You may help them and they may help you! I understand how embarrassing it really is for you, but if you really think about it, you have so many emotions that are just building up in you. You need to release all of those emotions as much as you can. The more you hold in your emotions, the worse you will feel.
Here are ways to let go of your emotions:
- Some people cry. There is nothing wrong with crying, trust me. I’m one of those that crys when stressed out or just really overwhelmed. After I would cry, it felt as if a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders.
- Go out alone for a run or walk. Sometimes, it’s good to be alone to have some time to think about things that are bothering you. Just try not to over think things…
- Do a hobby you enjoy. My hobby is photography… What’s yours?
- Clean house. Believe it or not, you distract your mind tremendously by doing chores. It actually has a lot to do with the noise of the vacuum and the smells of the cleaner you use. Kinda cool how your senses can actually help you with this problem.
- Meditation. I’ve never tried meditating before but I do know of a few people that do. They say that it helps you relax and helps relieve stress.
- Yoga. It’s the same type of thing as meditation just instead of listening to a tape or music, you do movements and other activities. It has the same affect on you as meditating.
When I went to go see my counselor for the first time, she highly recommended me to order a couple of anxiety workbooks. Well, I strongly encourage other sufferers to get these workbooks as well. They help you understand how you are feeling and what you are thinking about. They also have a lot of activities for you to do to help with coping with the attacks.
I discovered something that seemed to have really helped me get rid of every worry or every fear I had. I heard about adult coloring books for the first time through someone I worked with.
Adult coloring books have helped me so much with stress relief and anxiety relief. I highly recommend adult coloring books to everyone, even those of us that don’t have anxiety issues! The coloring books has real complicated pictures for you to color but it’s not that intimidating. When you are finished with your pictures, save them! It would be a really neat art wall… Just cut out your pictures and frame them!
I really hope that some of these different anxiety relievers can help some of you. Like I said before, we aren’t alone in this. There really is so many people that have this problem, some of us are worse than others but that’s okay. We aren’t “mentally insane” or “crazy,” we are stronger than everyone else. Don’t let your mind tell you otherwise.
Happy Thanksgiving to all and I hope it’s a stress free weekend full of shopping and football games. God bless! ❤️