REAL TALK- Living with Anxiety
Ciao lovelies! Today’s post is another REAL TALK post, meaning it includes swearing, anecdotes, and some content not suitable for younger readers (possibly, depending on your sensitivities.) Today’s REAL TALK is about living with Anxiety.
I wanna start by throwing out some general statements to outline the general idea here. Anxiety is a real problem. Many children, teens and adults in America face it, in fact, 5.7 % of adults in the USA have severe generalized anxiety, 25.1 % of teens 13-18 have anxiety that lingers through their lifetime, and 28.8 % of adults have any kind of anxiety, with the average age of onset being a mere eleven years old. (source-https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/any-anxiety-disorder-among-adults.shtml thank you to the anon in the comments for finding the better link! ). Anxiety is a horribly prevalent disease, bordering on an epidemic. Yet many don’t talk about this subject, dismissing it as “just nerves” and the like. But Anxiety can really control and ruin your life. There are many different types of Anxiety, the most common being generalized and social.
I, myself, have Anxiety, and it is a constant challenge to overcome it to do the things I love.
I love to go to conventions and cosplay, but at first, my Social Anxiety made it impossible. I would have Anxiety and Panic attacks when going to conventions. I couldn’t go into the crowded dealers rooms and I certainly couldn’t ask my favorite cosplayers for a photo. My first few conventions were no fun because of my Anxiety.
But I wanted to enjoy my conventions. So I pushed myself into the situations that scared me. I even got to the point where I could host a panel!
Am I saying that you should force yourself into uncomfortable situations to overcome your Anxiety? HELL NO. Anxiety attacks are horrible experiences that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. The feeling of your chest tightening, the fight-or-flight response making your body shaky, the confusing and vulnerable headspace, oh no, it’s shitty.
No, to be honest, I don’t really know a healthy way to “overcome” Anxiety disorders. I know ways to help cope, however.
I personally prefer physical coping mechanisms. Things like fidget toys occupy my hands when they anxiously want to fidget, breathing techniques can help calm my chest, and even chewing gum can help curb anxious feelings.
When all else fails, I allot myself the time required to come down from an Anxiety Attack.
I also utilize ASMR videos to help with night time Anxiety, and insomnia and nightmares from Anxiety.
I think that everyone is different when it comes to what helps with Anxiety. There is not one universal method. But I encourage you to try out different methods! It may surprise you what works for you!
Here are some other techniques I’ve seen to cope with Anxiety and symptoms:
-Aroma Therapy: apparently, scents like lavender and citrus have been said to calm the mind. (Sources- http://www.healthyandnaturalworld.com/best-essential-oils-anxiety-depression/
-Herbal Tea: Teas like Chamomile and rose can help with Anxiety symptoms.
-Watching Slime Videos: Many people have said slime videos help with their anxiety. I have covered the rise of the “Slime Trend” before, but never really included any videos, so watch the video below to see if slime videos work for you!
-Coloring Books: Coloring books like these adult coloring books have surged into popularity as a tool for anxiety sufferers.
Please just know that you are not alone. Remember, 28% of American adults have some form of Anxiety. Talking about Anxiety and other mental difficulties has become much more socially acceptable now, so never feel afraid to talk about it.
Here are some more resources for Anxiety Sufferers:
Thank you all for reading, I’ll see you in my next post!
Stay strong and remember to love yourself!