It is everyone’s wish that their plans and the results of their decisions turn out to be favourable and pleasant. But because you don’t have all the say over what happens to you, some things in your life may be disappointing. The more you face such situations, the more you become susceptible to anxiety disorders. The best way to handle predicaments you have little or no control over is to look for ways to stabilize your mental health rather than worrying. The consequences of worrying too much will add problems of equal weight or even weightier than what is worrying you.
Why You Should Focus on Seeking Solution
Anxiety always comes as a result of the building up of smaller stressful situations. The period of series of disappointments is the time you are at the greatest risk of developing mental health issues. It is good to learn that everyone has low moments but what sets those who don’t develop mental health issues apart is the fact that they worry less and seek solutions more. Here are tips that can help you keep your state of mental health in control in the face of an anxiety attack.
Accept that Life Must go On
Cases like losing a loved one or a job are quite arduous to come to terms with. You may have a hard time figuring out the direction life will take without the deceased or the job. This may result in terrible forms of anxiety and depression. But if you accept that regardless of the harm caused by the adversity, life must continue, you can easily manage the situation. Instead of thinking more about the loss, you should focus on the next course of action.
Engage More in Hobby Activities
Doing things you enjoy the most can help you think less about your frustrations. The best hobby activities for this therapy should not be competitive ones since losing a game may intensify your anxiety problem. But even if your hobby is non-competitive, this method is not universally applicable. This is because some forms of anxiety, like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), can take away your sense of pleasure, a condition known as Anhedonia. As a result, engaging in your hobby won’t be rewarding. In such cases, the next move should be to share your story.
Share Your Story/Join Support Groups
Sharing your story is like shedding off the stress that has been building up inside you. This step is beneficial to you and others as it can make some people with the same story as yours come out too. If you speak to your employer, the company may come up with measures to manage mental health issues that can be beneficial to all. One way of sharing your story is by joining a community of people who have been in the same situation as yours or forming one. When you meet many people in your situation, you may share copying techniques and everyone will benefit. Another way to share your story is by discussing your situation with relevant professionals. If your cause of anxiety is a health issue, it is good to share it with a health professional. If it is an issue to do with a sinking business, you may want to involve professionals from venture capitals to give you advice on how you can get funding for your startup.
Avoid Drug and Substance Abuse
Substance abuse can trigger or worsen isolation and dejection in you. Heavy drinking can augment your risk of feeling more depressed the following day. This will in turn have a drastic negative impact on your concentration. Prolonged heavy drinking may cause thiamine deficiency in the brain. Deficiency of thiamine may, in turn result in motor problems, poor memory, and confusion. Heavy smoking, on the other hand, can make you more susceptible to irritation and anxiety. The worst possible result of substance abuse is paranoia and delusions.
Seeking Counselling from Psychology Professionals
This is similar to sharing your story except for the fact that in sharing your story, you don’t necessarily involve health/psychology professionals. People in developed countries are fortunate to have state-of-the-art technology for depression and anxiety management. Healthtech Sydney, for instance, is a healthcare innovation community that promotes awareness of new products and opportunities in the healthcare sector that benefit people and companies. These products include anxiety management innovations. In the UK, there are apps and web-based technologies which can help health professionals to monitor people battling depression and anxiety.
Connect With Others
Talking to others, (not necessarily about your situation) is an effective therapeutic step in managing anxiety. A Harvard Medical School study found out that loneliness is disease detrimental to your health with the same degree as smoking. Maintaining social connections not only helps in managing anxiety but also boosts your immunity and speeds up the recovery process.
Do Good to Others
This is a symbiotic therapy that will benefit both parties. The recipient of the good deeds will benefit directly and you will feel good when you see how you are positively impacting society. That good feeling is very effective in anxiety management. This help must not necessarily be financial.
Mind your Productivity
Anxiety and depression may greatly diminish one’s productivity. When you become less productive, what follows is a financial crisis if you are self-employed or the risk of dismissal if you are employed. All these will just make your situation worse. To avoid reaching the unthinkable stages like suicide attempts, try to manage anxiety from the earliest time possible.