Anxiety is a mental health disorder in which feelings of worry or fear are so strong it interferes with peoples day to day activities. Anxiety can manifest it’s self in different ways, it could cause fatigue, restlessness, insomnia and many more.
Everyone feels anxious in certain situations, but having an anxiety disorder means that you’re anxious about what other people normally wouldn’t be anxious about. For example you’re sitting in class and you just finished a granola bar, here are a few things I think about.
• What if I get up and people watch me throw this away and I become a distraction.
• What if I get up the wrong way and trip
• What if I keep the wrapper here until the end of class and people think I’m to lazy to throw this away
And sometimes its so ridiculous that it may never come true like
• What if I get up and I trip over a chair and as I hit the ground I fart so loud that I’ll be too embarrassed to come back to class
• What if I throw away the wrapper the wrong way and instead of falling inside the trash it falls out of the trash and I notice it half way to my seat and so have to go back half way and throw it out again.
• What if I leave the wrapper in my seat and it falls off the desk and I forget about it and someone will point out that I was littering in the class room.
The list can go on and on and turn into things that are so ridiculous and even become things that are near to impossible to happen. So how do you become the bigger person through your anxiety?
Acknowledge the feeling you’re having
It’s okay to feel anxious even if it’s something really small. If you keep denying that the fear is there, it will grow and the feeling wont get better.
Conquering your anxiety can be hard, it takes a lot of mental energy and learning how to cope. Your not going to get up one day and decide you’re going to that huge concert when you know you get anxious with too many people in one place. Your going to go out to smaller venues with a smaller amount of people first. Figuring out what’s giving you the anxiety and finding smaller/alternative ways to conquer it will help you practice before the real thing, and help you know what to expect.
Tell yourself that it will get be worth it
It can be as small as raising your hand to use the restroom to as big as going to a concert. Re-assuring yourself that everything will be okay, or that doing said thing is worth it; it will give you more motivation to do it, and eventually you will.
Give yourself time
You’re not going to magically wake up one day not feeling anxious about things you normally feel anxious about. It takes a lot of mental coaching and coping techniques to get you where you need to be.
Healing your mind from mental health disorders take a lot of work and support from yourself and those around you. Taking time to Figure out what works for you is crucial into figuring out how to do the things you want with minimal amount of stress as possible. Just remember that when it is all over, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and feel a little bit at ease. Anxiety is a battle, and with every battle you have to put on your best armor and fight.