Managing Anxiety

Warning: This post is going to provide nothing but real and raw honesty

In the past month, I have been struggling with an increase of stress and anxiety. There, I said it. Now let’s talk about it.

Anxiety. The disorder that is so often misjudged and so often left alone. So many people struggle with it, yet so little talk about it. People struggle with first, acknowledging they have it, and second, struggle with confronting it. What makes it worse, is that a lot of people are uncomfortable with the topic, therefor they make it harder for the anxiety-crippled person to cope. A person with anxiety NEEDS to talk about it.

I’ve never been a stranger to stress, and that, I can acknowledge without difficulty. I mean, we all stress! However, stress can often become more and I am just starting to recognize that. I believe that I’ve been telling myself, all this time, that, “oh it’s just stress,” when really, I have also been suffering from full blown anxiety that only seems to be increasing over time. I can also see now, that most of the physical health problems that I have experienced are related to anxiety as well, and have likely been the result of it. I guess what I mean to say, is that anxiety has been wearing me down, not only mentally, but physically.

I won’t go on to state my symptoms because that isn’t the idea of my post, but I will say that most of the symptoms that I experience are physical. With that being said, I usually end up at the clinic, assuming something is wrong with me, because I always feel physically unwell. So after my most recent visit to my health care provider, he, the first to acknowledge my anxiety ever, suggested that I try an anxiety medication. Now know this, I am often stubborn and have never been one for wanting to rely on medications or to see a therapist, but when he suggested this, I felt this HUGE wave of relief wash over me. It was probably because he was the first provider to actually acknowledge my anxiety and also, because I now had a backup IF I felt like I needed it. I struggle with expressing my emotions out loud (hence my hesitation to see a therapist), so it was relieving for him to connect the dots and to acknowledge it for me. Yes, I accepted the prescription (half dosage than normal), and now have it sitting in my cupboard at home. Have I taken it yet? Yes. I was curious, and wanting to try it, especially when I felt my anxiety increasing one afternoon. How do I feel about it? I am not quite sure yet. I first felt tired and relaxed, but still felt the physical symptoms I had been feeling, so am unsure if my dosage is high enough, or if they aren’t just from anxiety and stress. Either way, it’s nice to have a back up plan, a PRN dose (as needed) for when I feel an attack coming on, and for when I feel like I cannot get it under control with other coping methods.

In all realness though, my goal is to stay away from any and all anxiety medications for as long as I can. I want to dig deep and figure out where my anxiety is coming from, and to find natural ways to rid of it first. Also, I want and need to able to differentiate real physical health problems from anxiety related problems.

What I’ve been working on so far:

  • Cutting down on caffeine
    • I still drink coffee in the mornings, but have cut out my added daily sodas for the most part
  • Cutting down on alcohol
  • Hydrating more (water, water, water)
  • Exercising daily, even lightly (I’m still working on this)
  • Seeing a chiropractor weekly
  • Using essential oils (YL brand only – why? 100% pure! Message me if you want to know more about that)
    • I am still researching the best ones to use and looking into buying more, but right now….
      • Stress away (FAVE)
      • Peppermint (for tension)
  • Journaling
  • Mental Affirmations
    • “My anxiety is not in control of me. I am in control of it.”
    • “I am okay.”
  • Talking about it, little by little
    • Truth: I’ve always struggled with stating my personal feelings and emotions out loud to others
  • Eating healthier
  • Living a more natural lifestyle
    • Again, Young Living makes a difference. I am slowly but surely investing!

Anxiety is truly a work in progress. It progresses without even knowing it, or feeling like you have it, and then all of a sudden, BAM, it hits you out of nowhere, full force. It’s scary and it’s real. It’s tough to control, and like I said, that is what I am working on the most right now. I am digging deep into my feelings, my physical health, and my overall happiness. I want to overcome this!

So there you have it. The full fledge truth about my anxiety and how I am dealing with it. I realize some of you may not care, or some of you may think this was too personal, but I also realize that some people DO care, and some people may relate. Sorry I am not sorry for being honest and open about my mental health. Too many people hide it like I often do, and hiding it only makes it harder to overcome. Please, please, know that anxiety is a real thing and it should be managed before it turns into something more!

Tell me, do you also struggle with anxiety? What are your coping methods? Let’s help each other out!

4 comments

  1. Anxiety was something I struggled with (and did a blog post about too) but I’ve been fortunate to overcome the worst of it.
    Talking about it definitely helps and it’s encouraging you’ve had someone professionally recognise it.
    It took me time and I kept putting myself in positions where I struggled most, traveling helped a great deal for me personally but obviously it’ll depend what’s causing yours.

    I hope and I’m sure you’ll overcome it and hopefully the medication is a temporary help for you. I’ll keep my fingers crossed! 🙂

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