Since I was in middle school, I’ve suffered from anxiety and depression. When I was first diagnosed, I was so lost. I had no clue what was happening, didn’t know how to manage my anxiety, and had no clue what my triggers were. Throughout the years, I’ve figured out how to manage my anxiety.
Figure out what your triggers are. - Once you find out what triggers your anxiety, you can work to stay clear of those things. For example, rooms or buildings with no windows are what triggers me to have an attack. I try to stay near windows or doors. When I’m in a building where this is impossible to do, I try to not stay there for long. Saves me tons of money when I’m at Target. ;)
Go outside - This kinda goes with the first tip, but when I’m feeling an attack coming on, I try to go outside for a little bit. Getting fresh air helps a ton.
Repeat over and over: where, what, who. - This is something I started doing years ago and it just kinda stuck. When I’m feeling anxious, I repeat to myself where I’m at, what I’m doing, and who I’m with. It distracts me from my anxiety and helps focus my mind else where. By far the #1 thing that works for me, especially if I’m not able to walk outside at the moment.
Have a designated me day. - Taking time for yourself is super important. If you’re feeling very anxious, plan to have a day, afternoon, or morning where you treat yourself. It doesn’t have to be an expensive spa day either. Going to your favorite store or restaurant works too!
Stick to a schedule. - This might sound weird, but sticking to a schedule each day helps eliminate any anxiety. someones we get anxious because we’re not sure what to expect. Sitting down each night and planning out your day helps eleviate an stress about the unknown + helps you know exactly what, where, and when you’ll be the next day.
If you work from home: get out of the house at least once a day. - Budget out being able to go to coffee shops to work. If it’s in your budget, co-working spaces are amazing! It’s a place where business owners / people who from home can go to work & socialize. I’m hoping to be able to afford a membership by the end of the year.
Stay clear of people who don’t get anxiety. - You know those people who tell you, “just calm down. why are you so worried. you’ll be alright.” Yeah, they suck. I get that not everyone suffers from anxiety, but it’s 2019 and people need to realize how to speak with someone who suffers from it. I’m not saying you have to steer clear of them forever, but if you feel really anxious one day or feel a panic attack coming on, just try to stay away from them for the day.
Workout / eat healthy. - This is a new one for me and I’m still figuring out the fitness / health world. I notice that on the days I work out, my anxiety is much better. I didn’t work out on Wednesday and had major panic attacks.