As you sit with tears in your eyes, you cannot think straight because anxiety has consumed you to the point that you aren’t sure which way is up. Your mind is in control, the thoughts are overwhelming. All you want to do is have someone reply in a way that kicks that anxiety away and whacks your thoughts back to normal. This isn’t how it works though, anxiety has no reasoning skills. Anxiety hits its peak and it consumes your entire being. A big tight hug from someone you love may work to help you break down into tears, you know the tears that are sitting in your eyes but won’t quite fall? Surely a nice, tight hug can help you to break from this anxiety. It’s worth a try, but sometimes you can’t get that, so what can you do to help with anxiety?
I know this is easier said than done when anxiety has come to town to play with your mind. Sure you can sit down and realize all of your thoughts are jumbled, consumed with negativity and fear but to really feel that way and make yourself realize this is just anxiety and it will pass during a high anxious moment isn’t realistic. Realistic thoughts aren’t easy to come by when you are anxious, that is unless you have someone you can chat with who understands anxiety and has a way with words to help bring the real you back into view.
Often times our anxiety fuels us during times when we are living in or experiencing a difficult situation. Stress levels may be high, personalities may be conflicted or you simply have too much on your plate. You can work to change your environment as a means to curb your anxiety in the immediate moment. This means take time to go for a walk, do some journaling in a private room, spend time with people who make you laugh and forget about what’s causing the anxiety. You can change your environment in a small way to help get the anxious thoughts at a manageable level. Be creative and think outside of the box, don’t make any drastic decisions without the guidance of a professional during anxiety attacks.
Follow the Trail
Once you have been able to relax your anxious thoughts a bit, then you can take a moment to follow the trail. Think back to what truly kicked this anxiety in high mode, is it something that you can correct, fix or resolve? Figure out a way to follow the trail that led you towards this anxiety attack and create a plan to alleviate that pattern from happening again. This is probably the most difficult part because it does require you to think straight and have anxiety under a controllable status in order to fully evaluate the trail that led you down to this anxiety attack.
Sure there may be certain personalities which come from certain people who fuel the anxious feelings. What you need to try so hard to do, which isn’t easy, is to not pass the blame. Your anxiety happened because of decisions you made and the next step is to make new decisions to correct the previous decisions that made your anxiety go into full throttle. Take into consideration that anxiety attacks can be based on an environment that doesn’t work for you as a whole or they could simply be brought on by high levels of stress. I would even go as far to say that moon phases play a key role in how anxiety impacts our life. Be sure to accept that anxiety is simply a part of who you are and you are the one who can make a difference on how anxiety hits you in the future.
The last step to getting your anxiety attack under control and return to a manageable place is to make decisions that will better your anxiety in the long term. We all make decisions that we think are best for our future, we figure that they are good choices in the moment but down the road we find that anxious thoughts race more often than not. Again, you shouldn’t make any drastic decisions when full of anxiety but perhaps you could speak with a professional therapists who can help you connect the dots to what is causing you to have consistent anxiety attacks and help you come to a reasonable decision or two that help curb that from happening so often in the future.
You Can Do This
Whatever has caused you to be walking down the path of high anxiety, please try your best to know that anxiety doesn’t make you a crazy person nor does it make you a bad person to be around. Anxiety is simply part of some of our makeup and design, we all know that anxiety exists but some of us get hit harder than others. If you are struggling with anxiety attacks on a regular basis it’s best to seek long term help from a professional who can help you learn coping mechanisms, sometimes that’s all we need, someone to show us the light so that we can learn to manage our anxiety and return to being our beautiful individual self.