With the pressures of modern life many people find themselves prone to anxiety attacks. Just admitting it to yourself that things aren’t going well takes courage, and even more is needed to discuss the difficulties that you are going through with your nearest and dearest friends and family.
Outside of family and friends (that should be your most loving and supporting group) there is still a certain stigma in society built on the foundation of an egotistical belief which implies that having problems or being depressed is a sign of weakness. This absolutely isn’t the case. Some people are dealing with these feelings successfully and they can be hugely helpful, if they’re prepared to talk openly about how they manage that. Many others though, are just better at bottling up their anxiety and I believe that this also takes a toll on your overall health.
What is Anxiety & what are Anxiety Attacks?
Anxiety is a type of fear usually associated with the perception of a threat or something going wrong in the future but can also arise from something happening right now.
I suffer from anxiety attacks. This only started in my 40’s, and seemed somehow triggered by the fear of getting old. I’ve written in depth about it in my blog earlier this year which you can read here. Fighting this “aging” fear only made my anxiety worse. I became prone to panic attacks when waking up, if I had been drinking the night before. I also found myself a lot more anxious due to business responsibilities, deadlines and other commitments and had to be careful of not distracting myself from the problem by overusing Social Media, which can in some circumstances make the problem worse.
My solutions to help me with anxiety attacks:
- My number one solution is working out. For me it’s the best way to de-stress and off-load any bad thoughts and pressures I have. Obviously as a Personal Trainer with my own Fitness businesses, I should say that shouldn’t I😀. But it is truly my number 1 solution. A natural remedy, which works!
- I stopped drinking for 5 weeks and cut the habit of drinking every night whilst cooking or just because I thought it was relaxing me. Since my 5 weeks off booze I can honestly say that the midnight fear has stopped.
- I surround myself with positive people. No one can take my sparkle 😜
- I have learned to control my emotions so instead of reacting I act instead. If a situation is upsetting me I take a time out to breathe, relax, collect my thoughts and go back to the situation.
- I have learned to share my feelings with my friends and loved ones. So when I am feeling anxious I talk about it and most of the time the other person can make me see things clearer and help stop my negative thoughts or paranoia.
- Keeping a gratitude journal has really helped! Everyday I write down at least one thing positive about my life.
As you can see there are many different ways to manage your stress. Do not expect results right away because it will take time. You will have to work on it everyday. I do and I can say the results are worth it.
Keep your head high and your squat low!
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