Do you have any advice for dealing with anxiety?
To be honest I don’t always deal with it all that well, but I’m definitely getting better at it! I find in general living a healthy lifestyle helps a lot, I love going on runs/walks as they always help me think more clearly and focus on other things. I also find during the times I feel really anxious to do things I love and enjoy, like reading or talking to a friend, nibbling on my favourite chocolate bar, buying myself a new book, baking, having a relaxing bath or watching youtube/netflix. Journaling is good too, I find it helps to write out what I’m feeling. I also enjoy drawing/colouring when I feel anxious, anything that helps calm the mind or keeps it busy. The best advice I have is to try and do something that takes your mind off it, pushing the thoughts to the back of your mind! You can also talk to a doctor/psychiatrist to help it from getting bigger and out of control if you want.
Most of my anxiety is caused by me thinking of all the ways things could go wrong in a situation, and almost every single time none of those bad things happen! Both yesterday and today I was really anxious about something I had to do. In my head I was trying to think about how to deal with all the things I might encounter, trying to prepare myself for conversations and problems. But it was the easiest, most straightforward thing of my life. I spent a whole day worrying about nothing. Remember that we are all human, no one is perfect and we mess up and make mistakes and it’s the most normal thing in the world! I’ve had some terrible and embarrassing moment in my past but they are just faint memories now, I barely ever think of them and I’m sure no one else does. Life moves forwards and I know that even if I make a fool of myself the moment will pass.Looking back I have some wonderful memories that I wouldn’t have if I let my anxiety control me. Some of my favourite moments in life have happened because I said yes instead of no. Just keep challenging yourself even if you don’t want to, that’s the best way to move forward, by doing the thing that scares you. The first time is always the hardest, but it gets easier and easier every time after that.