Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Ways to Calm Anxiety

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I have always struggled to talk about my anxiety. I've never been that comfortable talking about it to anyone. It has gotten a lot better, though sometimes it can just come back now and again. I suffer mostly with health anxiety; this is where you are constantly worrying about your health, and always assume it's far worse than it actually is.

Anxiety can affect anyone. Since the death of Chester Bennington, I feel like I shouldn't hide out anymore, it's heartbreaking not knowing how a person is feeling on the inside. My anxiety began when I started school, my hands would be sweating all the time... literally dripping. Then I started getting chest pains, thinking it must be some sort of heart attack, after being told by the doctor, it was just anxiety...the chest pain went. It became a horrible cycle. I would feel ill, so I would google that symptom and would assume that I'm dying. This became a part of my life and made me miss out on certain things.

I wanted to share with you all how I have tried to deal with it. I enjoy reading people's blog post on anxiety as I don't feel so alone.  Along with health anxiety, I also struggle with being 'social' and doing things that anyone can see as a 'normal situation'. I have recently tried to push myself, and it does make a huge difference, even if it's baby steps, someday you'll be able to do whatever you want.


Deep breathing
This has helped me out a lot. It took awhile to get grips of this as you can become easily distracted. I count each deep breath in my head and sometimes it doesn't work, though other times, my anxious thoughts would go. It can be a pain as I would think, 'my anxiety has gone'... and my worried thoughts would all come back. How annoying.

Distraction
Whether that would be listening to music, watching a film or socialising with friends. Sometimes, the thoughts may be in the back of your mind, but why sit and dwell on something when you can just try and enjoy life?! Watching television was my comfort, certain shows became a comfort of mine, especially Friends.

Think about it later
It's good to think about your anxiety but not all the time, as it will become your whole life. I would try and relax then my brain would be like, 'Hey Jade, let's think about this...', it's so unfair and hard to stop this. I would try and think about it later, I would try my hardest to make sure all these thoughts would be saved, and when I have time to chill or relax in the bath, that would be when I can think about everything. I would never try to do it before going to sleep, as that's possibly the worse thing to do. 

Positive thoughts
I have noticed I am a lot more positive than I used to be, and this has made me a lot better. Being negative can make a situation worse. I would moan a lot, my boyfriend would find it very annoying, and for some reason, every little thing would just wind me the hell up. Being positive has made me not stress out as much anymore.

Don't Google symptoms!!
This is possibly one of the worse things to do, EVER. If you feel ill, give it a few days and then go to the doctors. Googling it will only make you feel like shit. Googling your symptoms will only make the situation 10x worse. It is so unhealthy, believe me, it can ruin your day, your week, your month, or even your year but I'll be there for you when the rain starts to fall... got a little carried away there, sorry. No, but seriously, don't do it!

Let me know if you have health anxiety too, I am happy to have a chat with any of you :)


A tribute to Chester Bennington...

I wanted to say, how deeply upset I am with the loss of Chester Bennington. I cannot sink this in, and I am struggling to accept that he has gone. Regardless of what people think, depression can affect anyone, and sadly, we cannot help everyone as much as we want to. No matter what you're going through, someone out there is struggling, and we should always try to make sure no one ever feels like this. My mum was honestly, such a huge fan of Chester and Linkin Park for so long. We should remember Chester for his incredible talent, how humble he was and also how honest he was with his struggles, as it's not easy. It may be hard to discuss what you're going through but remember that someone is always going to be there for you, through the good and the bad. I hope Chester has now found peace and want to send all my love to his family, friends and fans. Let's remember him for his talent and how much of a brilliant person he was.

I have a written a little poem...

The feeling may be Numb,
But don't ever feel that you're Invisible
From the Inside, I felt empty,
The feeling was Heavy,
I cried and wanted to Leave Out All the Rest,
Talking to Myself is easy,
As you may think Nobody Can Save Me,
It could be Easier to Run,
Don't feel like Nobody's listening
Talking may be One Step Closer,
To stop the feeling of Pushing Me Away

RIP Chester xxx
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