Did you know that ‘in 2013, there were 8.2 million cases of anxiety in the UK’? Did you know that ‘approximately 30 percent – don’t seek help, are misdiagnosed, or don’t know they have issues with anxiety.’ I thought this would be interesting to write about and make awareness of because I know so many people who struggle with anxiety, in many different ways, and I feel it isn’t spoken enough in society. Why not talk about it so it’s no longer a taboo?
I personally, don’t struggle with this, but I’ve decided to do my appropriate research and take this topic on board so that I can hopefully help those out there. Even if it’s just one person, it means I’ve made a difference. For those out there who are affected by this, hang on in there lovely people.
By definition, anxiety is a number of things such as: ‘a nervous disorder marked by excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behaviour or panic attacks’ or ‘a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome, or a ‘strong desire or concern to do something or for something to happen.’ I think this can be interpreted in a number of different ways and people can suffer from this in various situations. Some have this in social environments such as meeting new people or going to social events, performances like concerts or in sport, talking to authorities figures, dating, writing, using public restrooms or eating in front of others. There are so many different ways people can become anxious and I feel it needs more attention. I didn’t even know all these existed, but I am glad to be aware of them and I hope other people can be too.
Looking at my research, I found some tips to help manage anxiety. It’s quite cliché, but it recommends that you take deep breaths and take a moment out. I think this really helps because it puts you back into the present moment and brings you back to earth. It makes you take great attention to your breathing, meaning you can’t think of anything else. Try this if you are feeling anxious.
Another one is to maintain positivity. I think this is also important because you are able to deal with your anxiety with a much more positive mindset. If you are trying to deal with it but you are feeling low and doom and gloom, I think it will be much harder to manage then if you looked at the situation with a solution and a plan. It will be much easier to do if you think optimistically.
The most important one is to talk to someone. I completely get that it can be hard to finally talk to someone and be honest, but once you get to the point when you feel ready to let things out and take the weight off your shoulders, the better it’ll be for you. There is always someone out there who will listen. There will be someone who can help you sand support you. Once you do this, it will be a step in the right direction. There will be progression and there will be progress. Just you wait.
All these little tips won’t help everyone and there will still be some of you out there who will feel as though they need to try something else. The next step would be to talk to a doctor and get their advice. There are many strands from a doctor and I think this could help you too. When we get to a point when we know we need a little bit of help, that is when we can see what’s out there and take on board things that can make us feel better about it all. You’re a lovely brave person and you can do it. I know it.
If you need any support or any help, please make sure you confide in someone and go and get some help. There are lots of tips online and if that doesn’t work, there are doctors out there you can speak to and they can help you. Remember your beauty and your worth and know that you are loved.
Until next time,