The 21st century marks the rise of the millennials, the rise of many trends and fads, different opinions from different cultures, variety in our ideas, and diversity in our societies. These are what make up our age, unlike past ages of war and disbelief of many recurring facts and ideas that we now acknowledge.
Sadly, this age of the millennials also brings with it problems that haven’t been solved before but are now thankfully being spread for the betterment of everyone. One of the many problems that we face now is mental health illnesses, one of which is anxiety.
First off, what even is anxiety? We often hear and see this word being tossed around whether in real life or even in websites such as social media. One quick Google search states that anxiety is “a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome”.
Truly, we humans tend to be afraid of the unknown, which more often than not explains why most of us, if not all, are afraid of the dark. But that’s just scratching the surface of anxiety. Anxiety in itself is pretty common to all of us; it’s just that not all of us have the same mental capabilities thus anxiety leads to many other worse illnesses, rightly called anxiety disorders.
These disorders include but not limited to the following: Panic disorder, described as what most of us call a panic attack, which, during this attack we may sweat profusely, have chest pain, and feel a lot of palpitations, another is called social anxiety disorder, also called social phobia, wherein a person experiencing this feels overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about everything that happens in his or her everyday life; you worry about what others might be thinking about you and thus your behavior changes to fit the society’s demands, and last but not least, generalized anxiety disorder, wherein a person with this disorder feels excessive and unrealistic worry about little things, sometimes even at simply nothing.
Surely, there are many kinds of anxiety disorders present in today’s society, but that’s not the most worrying thing of all. The most worrying thing about these disorders is that anxiety disorder may occur at any age, meaning no one is ever free from anxiety as we will all feel it one day or another. Luckily for us, through research and practical home “remedies”, people have learned how to cope with anxiety, or lessen its effects at the very least.
There are three methods on how an anxious person can deal with anxiety in their daily lives.
Method one states that an anxious person should change his or her lifestyle, for the better of course. This includes but not limited to eating healthy and restricting yourself from consuming anxiety-inducing food/drinks, usually caffeinated products, undergoing regular exercise that relieves anxiety, like yoga for example, and doing things that you love, hobbies in short, which totally depends on what interests and makes you preoccupied at most.
The second method is dealing with anxiety using mental tactics. Now, a lot of people might think that this can be the worst attempt at dealing with anxiety since anxiety is a mental health issue, but what we have to understand is that only we can definitely get rid of anxiety as a whole. So to start off method two, you should confront sources of anxiety, those that you can control at least.
This could mean a lot of things like for example a stressful workload from your job or your studies and if you aren’t sure enough of what these said sources are, you may take note of your everyday activities using a journal and from that, you may discern what your sources of anxiety are. For the sources that you cannot control by changing your lifestyle, try avoiding them or at least approaching them in a different manner, in one that you think may actually help you.
Another mental tactic is meditation, just giving you enough time to meditate and reflect on your everyday activities that greatly affect you; another kind of meditation is mindfulness meditation, in which you actually focus on your anxiety allowing your mind to dwell on them which usually leads to you not being anxious anymore. Next is doing some visualization, especially of peaceful thoughts and your “happy place” whenever you are having an anxiety attack.
And last but not least, asking for help, it may be from your family, friends, and professionals, which leads us to the third method. Seeking a professional, therapists, as they are called, can be the best depending on how severe your anxiety is. Therapists usually prescribe patients to undergo Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, wherein a therapist teaches you how to cope with your anxieties while at the same time changing the way you think. Other than this therapy, psychiatrists will also prescribe anti-anxiety medications, again depending on how severe your panic attacks are, especially if these attacks hinder you from resting or functioning well while awake.
No matter how severe or minute your anxiety may be, we shouldn’t underestimate them as their effects may scar us for a lifetime. For those who are too afraid, there are way more than 7 billion people out there. At least one or two will always be of help to you, but if you really can’t ask, hopefully, this article will help you in coping with anxiety.