A lot of times I simply deal with my anxiety by trying to distract myself. This is obviously easier said than done, but sometimes it truly helps to just get away and focus on something else. I usually may just watch TV, listen to music, or practice any other from of self-care.
I think it takes a lot of trial and error. If you’ve ever learned about DBT skills for Distress Tolerance, it can seem like there’s so much and it’s because everyone benefits from different things. I definitely understand this though. When I first developed anxiety and panic attacks, it was like there was this thing taking over my body and I didn’t know what to do with it. I feel like just trying new skills and strategies and seeing what works through trial and error is unfortunately the best way to do it. There’s no real quick fix of knowing what’s going to work. A very important part of this though is making sure you practice the skills you want to try BEFORE the anxiety. When I get anxiety, I can have good intentions but in the moment I seem to forget any kind of coping skill I’ve ever learned. I’ve realized over time that practicing them and rehearsing them ahead of time helps when you’re thrown into it later.
I found that writing things down helps me. My mom always write things down and she checks things off. I think Ive turned into my mom or maybe she taught me how to manage my overwhelming feelings, which is a good thing.
I have found that journaling along with exercise seems to lower my anxiety. I’ve had generalized anxiety for awhile now and I’ve found it takes awhile to figure out what works best for yourself. Meditation also helps me at times so long as it’s guided.
Hi! I tend to do some of my favorite things. I do some coloring and spend a lot of time making cards. I have gotten some materials to start journaling so am looking forward to it.
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If you have Generalized Anxiety Disorder, your symptoms may include constant worry, restlessness, and trouble with concentration. More than just feeling anxious when preparing for a confrontation, a big event, or a test, this kind of anxiety may strike you with no clear explanation as to why.