by: Logan Peters
Anxiety is the worst.
Anxiety is a monster that eats away at its victims and haunts those who think they’ve shed it’s torment.
Quite dark, I know. But this is my relationship with anxiety.
I think everyone struggles with an anxiety monster at some point in their lives. Anxiety can come in many forms; it’s different for everybody.
For me, I struggle mostly with social anxiety. This means that I often get uncomfortable or nervous when confronted with a social interaction or event. The anxiety attacks and negative thoughts are hard to get rid of. Believe me, it has taken me a long time to figure out the root of my monster.
Here are a few ways I deal with my anxiety.
- I organize and clean. Sometimes cleaning up your environment can help you feel less scatter-brained; a good place to start!
- I take a step back and ask myself “am I being rational?” Usually the answer is, no. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our own thoughts and worries that we forget that we are O.K.
- I pick up old hobbies. In high school I was a total art nerd, but as I began university and other various activities,
- I forgot to be creative. NEVER forget to do things that you enjoy.
- I unplug. Social media is great and all but I tend to feel depressed after scrolling through Instagram or Facebook. These apps can be a real waste of time.
- I keep busy. Sitting around dwelling on negative thoughts will bring you down and make you feel worse.
- I talk to someone close to me about it. Sometimes other people have good advice or can share similar experiences.
- I take myself out on a coffee date. Sitting alone at a café may sound lonely but you may be surprised at how much fun it can be. Bring a notebook or sketchpad and relax, there’s no one to impress.
- I stop putting pressure on myself. You are you, and you are unique. Embrace who you are, no matter how weird or awkward you feel because at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what other people think about you.
This article appeared in our May 2015 News Bulletin. Click here to read the rest of the bulletin!