I wish I could say that I know how to tackle it, but that’s a lie. In the last few months, there have been days when I was so crippled by it – that I could barely get out of bed. The last few months have broken me. Days would fly by and before I knew it, it’s been a week of me doing absolutely nothing because I’ve been so plagued by whatever triggered my anxiety.
I thought that I could reduce my symptoms with yoga and meditation. Though it helped, I regret not seeking medical help because it didn’t actually alleviate the anxiety. It was more of a bandage on a gaping wound that would not stop bleeding. I have been doing quite a bit of research around anxiety and am convinced we all deal with it, with differing severities.
I have put together a list of things I find soothing when I can anticipate a panic attack on the way. Maybe you’ll find them soothing too, but medical help is always gold – so don’t push off things and get it. It’s easy to just blame our mental health on insignificant excuses and not accept that we do need help.
I have had a few sleepless nights which I haven’t even admitted to Prevashan and I completely understand that with anxiety, it’s hard to even think about falling asleep. It’s like staring at shelves and shelves of tiny packed problems in the grocery store. You know you need to pick a few things up, but you just can’t stop staring at everything. Not sure what brand to take, how many, chocolate or vanilla? Put together a playlist of music that calms you down and start counting back from a 100. I’ve heard lavender oil helps too, but again if you’re struggling for more than just the odd night – get actual help.
Recently, we’ve been drinking more coffee on the account of the French Press we bought. And I have really noticed the caffeine spikes with each cup. Surely excess caffeine can’t be good for you (in general) or for your anxiety and truthfully when I can’t get a handle on my brain overworking, I turn to tea. It does not even have to be fancy schmancy tea. I add sugar and milk to mine, and it gives me five minutes to reevaluate my thoughts and help me focus on what’s important right then.
Leave the house
And I don’t only mean walk barefoot on the grass. The last panic attack was a wake-up call for me. Introvert and homebody by nature, working from home is a dream. But I hardly ever go out during the week and then I started pushing things off on the weekend or making Prevashan run errands without me. It’s great to breathe in fresh air but going to a morning market or casual window shopping can also help your brain calm down for a while.