Last May of 2017, I made a post about Mental Health Awareness Month and reading it now, I’ve had a lot of reflections. But I do have to say that I’m very proud of my progress and now, I want to share it with you guys.
Remember my first day in senior high school? I remember being so anxious about the people, my new classmates and teachers whom I will meet later on. I remember being so anxious just walking by a group of people who doesn’t even care about me. I remember being so depressed that I wanted to go back to my old school because I miss the people in there- I miss my comfort zone. And now, I am happy that I have decided to take over my anxiety and look what had happened, I became better.
I have never been diagnosed by a professional- I badly wanted to at some point but I can’t say it to my parents. I was so lost at that time, wondering what had happened to myself and I had a lot of breakdowns. Being in my current school, I have met a lot of people who are happy to meet new acquaintances. I have also encountered some myself and little did I know, I was slowly being comfortable being with new people and not letting my anxiety eat me. And so I decided to strive and become better. My mindset was, “I took the track Humanities and Social Sciences, I will for sure meet a lot of new people.” It gives me anxiety, but still, I could say that it was effective for me. My track was about humanities and social sciences wherein I could be a lawyer, philosopher, police officer, sociologist and I could even be a psychologist or psychiatrist one day- which means I will have to meet and deal with a lot of people.
We all have different coping strategies, but here are some things that would help you deal with anxiety:
1. Seek out professionals.
As I have said, I was never diagnosed by a professional but this would be my number one advice to everyone who experiences anxiety and panic attacks. You can always find someone to talk to but talking to professionals would be a big help for overcoming anxiety. They know what to do and say, therefore you’ll be in a good condition.
My friends in BetterHelp would be a great help. You can check their site out because it is a platform for online counselling and they work with a lot of psychologists and psychiatrists who are 24/7 available for the counselling.
2. Practice good breathing.
There are applications for good breathing or you can just download a GIF where you can practice your breathing. Good breathing is also essential to overcome anxiety because when you breathe freely and deeply, your mind works properly in a more better way.
Journalling is another way to express yourself freely and it works a lot! And it’s not that journaling only express your feelings, it can also help you to get creative in your tough times! I also love journaling because you can write anything and everything in your own journal! And years after, you can read it and smile because you’re proud of what you’ve become.
4. Take a little step everyday.
You can change how your mind thinks everyday. Slowly, it will make progress. I am sure of that because I have experienced it myself. Just take it slow and sure, and one day you’ll see how far you’ve gone already and you will be proud.
Anxiety is a real thing– and you might feel it at any point in your life, but just keep going everyday! The world is better WITH you in it. 🙂
I hope you guys liked this post and I’m going to see you again in my next one. Bye!