Mental Health Awareness mese domanda #2, for those who experience anxiety, how do te manage it / control it?

For me there are a lot of methods that vary depending on what it is. Firstly, I have to say I do take medication since it got to the point where it was getting dangerous and I couldn't function in therapy without them assisting me.

But even with medication, anxiety is still there to a good degree here and there. Typically I try to notice that I am getting anxious before I do and take a step back to breath, relax, and rationalize what is going on in my head and body and try to calm down o meditate.

If I miss that, I often just lay down in my letto and listen to music, look at immagini of things that calm me down (characters, birds, etc), and fidget with a variety of fidget "toys" that help relieve it.

If I am in public I usually excuse myself for a hot secondo o two and go to the bathroom if I can o I hide it while trying to talk myself out of it internally and regulate my breathing.

A lot of how I cope with anxiety pretty much goes down to regulating my breathing, rationalizing and "fact checking" my thoughts, and distracting and/or finding something to ground me.

It doesn't always work as fast as I'd like but it does me good.

If it is long term anxiety over large decisions, then I typically go into "survival" mode where I just focus on a specific event o data to "survive" and "function" until - which is often being able to see my therapist, go home, o just the weekend in general.
 Mental Health Awareness mese domanda #2, for those who experience anxiety, how do te manage it / control it?
 Riku114 posted ·5 mesi fa
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4vonlea said:
Dude, I Amore domande like this 'cause I'm like CONSTANTLY psychoanalyzing myself and others, it's nice to just get it all out XD. Firstly, I think a good method of dealing with something is to first understand it, so let's look at the science behind anxiety. Essentially, the issue of stress and anxiety is cause from the fact that the human pre-frontal cortex and the logical parts of our brain are evolving much quicker than the emotional parts of our brain are. While the logical side of our brain have become highly evolved and civilized, emotionally we're still back in our cave man days. Basically, our emotions can't tell the difference between the danger of being chased through the wilderness da a blood-thirsty orso and the danger of, say, not being able to make the deadline for some project. Due to this, people who are highly emotional tend to have it harder when it comes to stress and anxiety.
As for me, oh yeah, I've rumbled with my share of anxiety, no domanda and my initial response would probably be 'lol, I CAN'T cope with anxiety' but no, in all seriousness, after years of having bouts of anxiety attacks, I've come to realize the best thing someone can do when experiencing overwhelming stress o anxiety is to just sit down, take a breather, count to ten, and say out loud to yourself, "This too shall pass." I know what you're thinking "Psh, easier detto than done." I know, I'd probably be thinking the same thing, but believe me when I say it's true, this too SHALL pass. It always does.
I learned this the hard way, but the one thing NOT to do is to ignore o suppress these feeling, but to rather accept it with open arms and to channel it into productivity. Anxiety, anger, sadness, fear, confusion, this applies to any sort of negative emotion. It's also important for people to realize when to not bite off più than they can chew. Everyone has their own limits, and some just aren't as capable of of a certain something as some one else may be. But while that somebody may be più capable than te regarding a certain subject, that person might not be at all capable in other subjects that te completely excel in.
Bottom line: Accept your emotions, do your thing, don't take on challenges solely because te see others taking them on o because that's just what te think is expected of te and when te do experience those inevitable episodes of anxiety, don't push yourself, know your values and your capabilities and take pride in them.
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Honestly one of the things that helps me get through a lot of any type of episodes / attacks relating to depression, anxiety, panic, trauma, dissociation, etc that I go through, I just remind myself that I got through SO much stuff. I survived an abusive household for like 18 years and managed to make my life decent and get a really good relationship and make things OK despite everything internally and externally trying to kill me XD
Riku114 posted ·5 mesi fa
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So like I often go "Is this worse than stuff I went through in the past? No? Then we will be fine, lets just try to work through this rationally and apply our various semi-healthy / healthy coping mechanisms and handle this properly"
Riku114 posted ·5 mesi fa
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I had a REALLY REALLY bad like half anno to anno and a half and literally nothing I've been through compared even remotely to that time mental health wise and I still walked out alive so I just remind myself that I've been a beast this long that something like whatever is going on right now - even if it is really bad - is child's play in comparison
Riku114 posted ·5 mesi fa
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And even if it IS the worst thing youve gone through ever, you've survived for HOWEVER long, everything will pass eventually and while its hard to think of it at the moment, if te try to hold strong te can probably eventually get through it
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ArcticWolf said:
I take anxiety meds.

Remembering to do diaphragmatic breathing. Your body affects your mind, after all.

I go running so my body de-tenses and comes out of fight o flight mode.

Basically I try to control the physical symptoms to trick myself into thinking I'm not anxious. I also tend to daydream più than usual before and after I do something that makes me anxious/that I screwed up on. Mulling over it makes it worse, and I can't mull over it if I'm too busy daydreaming!
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Kind of similar XD
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anaswill said:
My therapist gave me some really good consigli about handling anxiety — she detto to talk to it calmly like it’s a child throwing a tantrum. Listen to it but don't feed into it. Allow it to do it’s thing rather than aggressively trying to shut it down.

I take pills for my ADD, but only when I know I’m doing something that I’ll need help focusing on. Most days I don’t take them because I feel that they interfere with my writing/thinking.
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Oh yeah my therapist for my OCD / OCD-tendencies told me to handle it / imagine it being like some really annoying kid stuck on a carousel repetitively shouting uncomfortable things at te to get your attention
Riku114 posted ·5 mesi fa
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"SHES GONNA DIE" no shes not "SHES GONNA DIE" no shes not. "IF te DONT DO IT SHES GONNA DIEEEE" kaaay have fun on your carousel there I got better things to do :v
Riku114 posted ·5 mesi fa
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I mean like its not that easy but XD
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Zeppie said:
I just don't tbh...

It doesn't help because my anxiety is propelled inoltrare, avanti da my cuore condition, which I have no control over, so controlling anxiety episodes is just very hit/miss for me, unfortunately.

Usually if it is at peak, I will leave the environment/go to the bathroom if I can. Lay down if I can. Ask for comfort from loved ones if they are there. Otherwise I'm pretty fked tbh. Mental games like telling myself calmly I'm not dying, I'm not in danger just don't work because my cuore rhythm can't regulate. But I try not to let it get me down.
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