For those of us struggling with anxiety or who know people struggling with it, it is important to, first, realize that it IS a real illness that affects: the body, thoughts, and behaviors. It is NOT: just stressing out, being a "neat freak", being excitable, having feelings of anticipation, an excuse to get attention, being a nervous person, unreasonable fears, being shy, a choice, a sign of weakness, a character flaw. It is real. Some of the most common types of anxiety disorders include: Panic disorder, OCD, PTSD, phobias, general anxiety, and social anxiety.
What can we do?
Call someone you trust. Let them know that you're struggling at the moment and that you need their support.
Do something physical: Go to the gym and get a good workout in, take a brisk walk, yoga.
Distract yourself. Try an adult coloring book, doodle, knit. These activities have a calming effect.
Go somewhere safe and quiet. Challenge yourself to have a full-blown anxiety attack. This may sounds nutty, but a lot of people feel that when they challenge themselves to do that, it actually has the opposite effect.
Deep breathing. Try belly breathing, paying attention to the rise and fall of your stomach.
Write it down. Getting thoughts out of your head and onto paper can be very helpful. This can be as little as writing a to-do list.
Focus on things you CAN control and take action. Maybe try planning your meals for the week or organizing your home.
FIND HELP NEAR YOU.
Fit Therapy of Texas Licensed Professional Counselors provide individual counseling to adults & tweens and are qualified to treat a variety of issues including, but not limited to: anger management, ANXIETY, behavioral issues, body image issues, depression, grief, mood disorders, self-esteem, stress reduction management, and trauma. Our counselors accept insurance to include Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), Community First, United Health Care (UHC), E4 EAP, Deer Oaks EAP, Humana and Value Options.