I can plan my days and have a schedule for my future school work and events, but that doesn’t really help me.
The truth is that I have generalized anxiety disorder, and it took me a while to realize that planning wont make my stress and anxiety go away.
What I have to do is learn to deal with it as it comes.
In this post I will list three of my best tips and tricks to make anxiety and/or stress-attacks go away!
1. Think about why you’re panicking, what is your stressor?
My psychologist told me that when I get an anxiety attack or a stress related panic attack I should think about facts.
For example; I’m stressing over an essay that I’ve already handed in, but that I haven’t gotten the results for. The stress quickly gives me mad anxiety and I start to panic.
What I then need to think about is what I can do in that moment; if the answer is nothing then there is literally nothing I need to have anxiety over. The facts here are that I can’t call my professor and stress them into grading my paper, and I can’t re-do the paper until I get my results.
Fact checking myself has saved me many unnecessary long panic attacks.
2. Distract yourself from your stressor.
Distraction can come in many different forms, some use alcohol, drugs or cigarettes etc. to ease their mind from their anxiety. However, that definitely isn’t healthy at all.
Distractions that I can recommend is working out.
If I’ve been in a stressful period I make sure that I take walks in the fresh air, the calmer the better. I prefer walking in parks, close to the ocean. The sound and smell of the nature is one of my favorite de-stressors.
Three times a week I also make sure to hit the gym. I think it’s important stay healthy and strong, not only for your physical body, but also your spiritual.
3. Write down your thoughts.
This might not be great for everyone. I find that when I’m in a depressive episode this actually only triggers me and makes everything worse.
When I’m only dealing with my anxiety and stress this does work wonders though.
I find that writing my feelings down on paper kind of forces me to sort through my thoughts and it usually makes the stress and anxiety less obvious.
Try doing these things if you ever become really stressed or get anxiety. Maybe they’ll work for you too!
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