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How I Deal With My Anxiety
Health & Fitness
Anxiety sucks, anyone who's ever had it can tell you that. It can creep up on you when you least expect it, cause you to feel physically ill, and it can leave you feeling like you're basically dying.
Most people who have anxiety also have depression, and sometimes you just feel so numb for so long that you are afraid of what life would be like without that anxiety, but it feels so good to be free of it all.
Although I'm still going through the depression and anxiety, I've found that the following things help lessen their hold for at least a little while.
1.) Eating Breakfast
Yes, this seems pretty stupid, but I have noticed that on the days when I eat breakfast my anxiety isn't so bad. Even if it's only peanut butter on toast and a glass of milk, my body feels more relaxed and I can focus more.
2.) Plenty of Sleep
The average teenager needs about 9+ hours of sleep to function well at school. With our bodies growing and changing (hey, puberty isn't so terrible), those 9+ hours of sleep can really help you pay attention in class.
Finals week is coming up soon and I know how not studying can effect your overall grade, but staying up late, even if it's studying, isn't good for your body. Get some rest!!
3.) Keep a Journal
Not everyone likes to write, but if you are the kind of person who doesn't like to burden others with your problems, writing them down can be your best friend. I find it's helpful to write down at least 5 big things that happened that day, whether good or bad, and then explain why they were a big deal.
Looking back to some of my entries from August I realized how negative I used to be and I'm able to use that to grow into someone a lot nicer.
Oh my gosh, how easy right? Wrong. With anxiety attacks usually come hyperventilating which can cause you to pass out.
My mom told me to put my head between my knees and breathe. Inhale and hold it for 5 seconds, exhale for 6-7 seconds, and repeat, gradually increasing the numbers or decreasing them.
That helps so much, I can't even begin to explain. Panic attacks are so scary and typically breathing isn't your first priority, but it is so important to do.
5.) Stuffed Animal?
Maybe you didn't have a lot of stuffed animals growing up, but I had a lot. One, in particular, is a big stuffed bear with a bow tie. Towards the end of first semester, I started having panic attacks right before bed, and I couldn't fall asleep. My pillows were to thin to squeeze and, being a teenager, it wasn't like I could just hug my boyfriend until the attack passed. No, all I had was stuffed animals and temporary insomnia (I say temporary because it only happens during panic attacks).
Go ahead, be a child again and sleep with a teddy bear, I won't judge you.
Those were just a few things I do when dealing with anxiety (or personal prison, what ever you choose to call it). I hope that this helped you, I really do. Nobody deserves to go through it, it's awful,