ANXIETY……A word most of us know, because we have experienced it ourselves, or someone we know has experienced it. You may even be experiencing it as you read this blog post. Please know that you are not alone! Anxiety sometimes creates fear. The fear of not knowing how to keep moving forward, the fear of drowning by the anxious feelings that overtake our daily lives, and the fear that others may judge us if they knew we were dealing with anxiety. I am here to tell you that anxiety can be a word and feeling that does not have to cause us fear, because it is possible to manage anxiety in healthy ways, to where it does not leave us feeling stuck in those anxious feelings.
Anxiety can be described as feeling uneasy, apprehensive, or uncertain, which can lead to unrealistic fears and constant worrying. When we are anxious we may notice that our bodies feel more on edge, our breaths may be faster, our palms may become sweaty, our hearts may feel like they are racing, and we might find that we are moving more than normal. Crying could also be accompanied by anxiety, as well as feeling more irritable. It is important to be aware of how our bodies feel when we are anxious, because that helps us develop warning signs and triggers, to catch our anxious feelings early. By catching our anxious feelings early, we are able to avoid our anxiety reaching unhealthy levels, which can lead to possible anxiety attacks.
When anxious feelings arise there are coping and grounding skills that can help you in the moment. Here are few coping and grounding skills that you can try on your own when you begin to feel anxious:
Aside from using coping skills in the moment, there are a few changes we can make to our daily routine that could help minimize anxiety, and help us feel more confident about managing bigger anxious feelings as they arise. Here are few suggestions for helping manage anxiety on a daily basis:
I hope some of these skills and suggestions can help you feel more confident in managing anxiety when it happens. Managing anxiety is something that has to be worked on daily, and it is a part of people’s life journey. Be patient with yourself. You are capable, and you are not alone!