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.