If you’re unfortunate enough to be afflicted with serious or chronic anxiety, It’s the kind of issue that ebbs and flows. It forces you to take every day at a time and try not to make assumptions about what the future holds from moment to moment.
Here are some things you can do to help you;
In the same way that caffeine gives you energy, it also fuels the anxiety that is causing you so much hassle. All the voices that are screaming at you will get louder, all the problems that are tugging at you will get more vicious, all the issues that your anxiety is hurling at you will gain strength and momentum. It will make everything worse. Steer clear of coffee, of energy drinks, of fizzy drinks as much as you can.
Alcohol will only enhance the mood that you’re already feeling. It won’t ever improve things. If you’re already feeling low, drinking is only going to make it worse. It’ll silence whatever small voices you still have offering you positive reinforcement and leave you dizzy and alone with only the pain. The same goes for almost every other kind of controlled substance you can take.
Anxiety can make you forget about your responsibilities. You might let your house get a bit messy, leave your dishes out on the side and your sheets unchanged for weeks on end. But you can live with that until things get easier. It’s not going to kill you. But if not keeping hydrated will. Even if you’re subsisting mostly on junk food, make sure you’re always getting plenty of fluids or your body will only shut down faster.
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT YOU
You might feel like a burden. You might feel like they don’t need to deal with your problems when they probably have enough of their own to worry about. You might feel like, if you reveal just how vulnerable you are, they might not want to deal with you. But your friends and family – the people who matter most – will support you no matter what. They aren’t afraid of your worst day, no matter how bad they get.
LISTEN TO YOUR FRIENDS
When they want you to go outside, when they want you to eat, when they want to help you. That’s all they ever want and the more you resist them, the more damage you do to yourself. Remember that they only want to help you get better. If it doesn’t seem like it’s going to make a difference, know that that is very likely to be the anxiety talking. There is no one who is around you right now that doesn’t have your best interests at heart. Let them help you.
Author Bio – Kirstie Summers is journalist whose day job takes her to all the most interesting places and events in South London. She also freelances for a number of sites and publications, from gaming and literature reviews to creative fiction. She lives in London and spends as much of her free time as possible making the most of being in such a diverse city. She keeps one day a week to herself to swim, relax and keep the stress of the world at bay.