Have you ever had an anxiety attack? I have. It’s not a pretty sight. At all! If not, well let me try and explain it to you in the best way I can. Have you ever felt like your head is screaming for you to do something but you can’t physically move? You feel sick with worry, your hearts pounding at a thousand miles an hour and your sweating balls. Breathing? What’s that… you can’t catch your breath back at all. It’s like running at the speed of light and trying to recover afterwards. In that split moment, with all that going on. You genuinely feel like your about to die.
That for me is my explanation of what I feel when I have a panic/anxiety attack. It’s nasty and it takes alot out of you. I’ve had times when I can’t even see people. I LOVE going to the supermarket… nope. Leaving the house? That can be the biggest chore of them all. It really isn’t a nice feeling or a good place to be in. The ironic thing about it, soo many people around you feel this way. There’s not much you can do about it, just support them.
There are thousand of articles out there that are stated. “How to cope with anxiety” you can trawl through so many pages on Google and read every single one. But then you get anxious because you want to try these coping strategies, but you don’t know if they are going to work, you don’t know which ones are the best ones and then you start thinking what if they don’t work on me, am I doing something wrong etc. Etc…. here we go! Back to square one.
My anxiety is a companion from my bipolar disorder. I spend my life worrying constantly about things. To the point when I’m probably one crazy outburst away from being sectioned. But unfortunately it’s something you have to deal with. And dealing is always the hardest part.
The best advice anyone can give you is they won’t last forever. You won’t have one massive panic attack for the rest of your life. You are going to survive this. It just takes time. It’s a mental illness. It’s not life threatening, your not going to die. It’s just like riding a very bumpy storm. But you come out the otherside wiser. Because you’ve lived through the fear and the feelings and made it out the other side.
Genetics can play a part in anxiety disorders. Studies suggest that if someone in your family has an anxiety related illness then you are five times more likely to get something similar. It makes everything tough. You can’t enjoy things like you used to. You can’t just get up and go. But you need a good support network around you. Friends and family. They are always the key. It’s hard to bite the bullet and face this shit with both hands because your constant fear of not being able to is making you want to back out at the last hurdle but you can make it. If you really try and let yourself.
Speak to doctors, your GP can help in situations like this. Mental health is such a stigma but slowly it’s becoming more of a priority. There’s no point trying to face this alone. There are people out there who live and breath with mental health disorders and together we can break the stigma and recover together.
I know it’s easier said then done, but in these situations you need to remember most of all.
YOU CAN DO THIS. YOU CAN OVERCOME THIS.
Anxiety Sucks a fat one. But you can get through this. It just takes time. Learn to cope, talk to people and keep yourself busy. If your mind is focusing on something else you have less time for it to make you worry about the other things that are going on. Start a project, bake a cake, build a fort, plan a holiday. Do anything to keep yourself happy. Focus is the key to most things.
If you have a coping mechanism that you can share with me for people to see please feel free to leave a comment. The more information we can share together the more help we can give to someone in need.
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