Is there a certain thing that triggers you? A specific thing that, every time it happens, sends you into a tailspin? Have you started to recognize when anxiety is about to overtake you? Can you stop a panic attack before it starts?
Getting Attuned with Your Body
I believe this means different things to different people. To me, it has been a long journey. I have spent a lot of years hiding true emotions and feelings, which has left me blocked to my real mindset. A little of meditation can help bring you in touch with yourself. I’m not talking about a retreat to a Buddhist temple. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Just spend some time reflecting, relaxing, focusing on yourself. Not on the list of things that needs to be done.
Who Needs a Hug?
Let’s not overlook the importance of physical contact. It seems to be getting lost in this world.
Sometimes the best remedy for anxiety is a great hug. The kind that is loving and calming, like the hug you would get from your sister or your best friend. The kind that lasts two minutes, or longer if necessary. These are the hugs that prove you are cared for, you are safe and you are loved.
So what if you start feeling the anxiety rising up and nobody is around? Or one of your triggers hits you right between the eyes and you happen to be alone?
Have you ever experienced the hugging sensation of a weighted blanket? Obviously it’s not the same as a great hug from your bestie, but it’s pretty good. And it’s available in a matter of moments.
The weighted concept has been around for a long time. Parents and teachers have used weighted vests for children with various types of autism to help keep them focused in school. Dogs get “thunder shirts” for fireworks and thunderstorms to help keep them from panicking. It’s all the same idea.
An Ounce of Prevention
Obviously the best way to deal with an anxiety attack is to stop it in its tracks. If you have become aware enough of your body and your triggers to know when it’s coming I hope you have the tools that you need to stop it.
I have spent a long time learning what some tools are that work for me and an even longer time learning how to use some of them. I won’t discount or discourage the use of prescription medication if it works for you. I will simply try to bring you other options to try.
There are supplements aimed at reducing your baseline anxiety levels, such as GABA. It takes a couple of weeks of start to work, but then seems to help. A healthier diet that leads to a healthier body will reduce stress and anxiety. Relaxing music can take the edge off as well. A nice treat could also be a hot bath and a quiet few hours. Maybe a glass of wine and a good book. Or book yourself a massage!
How Will You Find Comfort?
What is my point? You have to look around. You have to experiment, like with so many things in life to see what works best for you. I can give suggestions and stories and examples of things that have worked for me.
Anxiety can be crippling. I know from experience. Learn some ways to cope. Get some tools so you take your life back and enjoy yourself!
Comments and feedback are always welcome!