March is here - it is a new month which can for people suffering with anxiety can heighten their symptoms (more unknowns, more busy schedules etc.)
Anxiety disorders are a real illness that are based on extreme fear.
The body:- causing: chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, stomach discomfort, nausea, fatigue, trembling, muscle tension, headaches, tingling in the hands and feet, or trouble sleeping.
Thoughts:- causing: exaggerated worry about everyday life, fear of dying, repeated unwanted thoughts, nightmares or flashbacks, irritability, anger, trouble focusing, , numbing of emotions, or anticipating the worst outcome of a situation even if it is very unlikely.
Behaviours:- causing: rituals that seems impossible to control, being easily startled, avoidance of people or places and/or things limiting life experiences, losing temper easily, snapping easily.
Some of the most common types of Anxiety Disorder include:
1. Panic disorder
2. Obsessive -compulsive disorder
3.Post traumatic stress disorder
6. General anxiety disorder
7. Social anxiety
OVER 21 percent OF AMERICAN ADULTS between the ages of 18-64 will gave diagnosable anxiety disorders in a given year! ( That is over 42.5. million - JUST IN A AMERICA ).
To add some humour to a serious situation - 42.5 million is more people than the number in the U.S that are subscribed to NETFLIX !
HAVING AN ANXIETY DISORDER IS NOT:
- Just stressing out
-Being a 'neat freak'
- Having feelings of anticipation before a big event
-Beng nervous for good reason
-An excuse to get attention
-Fear of a dangerous situation
-A sign of weakness
-A character flaw
People with anxiety say it feels like:
'Being so scared you're paralyzed'.
'You can't breathe: air is all around you but you can't get to it.'
'You heart is beating out of your chest.'
'Always worrying about the future and disappointing others.'
'Nothing being good enough and always blaming yourself.'
'Everything is happening all at once.'
'A constant struggle for control over your feelings you are likely never going to get.'
'Being powerless against your own mind.'
'Needing to escape but not being able to.'
Intimeidating, overwhelming and exhausting.'
'Being uncomfortable and wish you could crawl our of your own skin.'
'Fearing what tomorrow holds.'
Please use the worldwide hashtag #mentalillnessfeelslike to speak up about your own experiences, break down discrimination and stigma, help others!! Show others that they are not alone, going crazy or are weak.
Tips for tackling anxiety:
1. Call someone you trust - they can help calm you, talk things through, change arrangements to help you, help you with chores, just be an ear and can help you understand situations and fears.
2. Do something physical! This doesn't have to be sport, yes a good walk is a great way to clear you mid and I love a good walk but it can also be something like mindful colouring, cooking your favourite meal or journalling.
3.Distract yourself - watch you fave programme or film. Read a book!
4. Go somewhere quiet and safe to calm your mind. Run a bath or sit in front of the fire to help prevent an attack
5. Deep breathing and listening to music.
6. Write down your thoughts. So it feels like you have told someone helping clear your mind.
7. Focus on things you can control - what you are cooking for tea, what programmes you want to watch and what you want to do with your weekend plans.
Many are embarrassed and feel they can't speak out about how they feel - which I too felt.
But spreading the word, awareness and ACCEPTING your flaws and quirks helps you heal and be able to work better with your symptoms.
I am not saying self-diagnose yourself with anxiety disorder or suddenly believe because you felt on edge this morning you have severe anxiety. People who truly suffer will know how awful it is and how hard to manage the symptoms can be.
Just like with my food intolerances researching and seeing that these issues are major issues and DO matter is helping me not just brush them under the carpet but work out ways to help myself.
Like everything there is no quick fix! A term I always find hard to swallow. You aren't suddenly going to wake up and be the most care-free person in the world. However you can BEGIN - you can get on that train at the station, passing obstacles, and staying on board until you reach your destination ( a happier you ). One of my best friends also struggles with anxiety and really he has inspired me to be more open about it, listening to his stories and myself trying to advise him has made me realise I am not crazy as none of you are.
AND that friend I told you to ring - he is the man I pick up the phone too - because he knows the feeling of a major attack!
- Suddenly go hot and sweaty
-Pain - pins and needles
And as for my mission in life across the board I don't settle, I don't just let things be - I fight. If I can improve something, try something or adapt then its all worth a try.
You would know this by the amount of treatments I have taken on over the last 10 years.
Let me know how anxiety affects you life, how do you cope?
I know for myself attacks hit me during the night & before events.
Thank you for reading.
I hope this has helped you, friends and family.
As just like with food intolerances, chronic illness and depression all parties are affected not just the person suffering.
PLEASE remember this fact.
Love and peace all