Monday, April 21, 2008

Does anyone know of good ways to deal with anxiety?

I'm okay most of the time, but when I get anxious or stressed about something it can leave me incapable of actually focusing, which only stresses me out even more.

01:34:00 AM


Anonymous said...

You could develop control mechanisms in your mind and use them when you sense the symptoms precluding anxiety.

Be warned: Suppressing anxiety only buries it in a hole; it does not destroy it. You may be able to pack the dirt tightly, but it won't stay down forever, and will it eventually resurface to haunt you.

The best way to "deal" with anxiety is to confront it head on. Find a close friend and spill. Go on a long walk into the middle of nowhere, sit down, and have a good cry. Close yourself in your room and cry, beat your pillow, and/or scream at your ceiling.

There's a fine line between being able to control anxiety and making yourself into a headcase or setting yourself up for a really bad breakdown at a later point. After some length of time, your mind won't be able to control it completely, and it will seep into your consciousness -- slowly at first, but then continuing to build until you can't handle the distraction, pressure, and pain.

I have a good amount of experience with suppression, though much less with release or confrontation. I do, however, know what it feels like to be brought to a point of confrontation after many years and feel the ecstasy of safe release.

For what it's worth, I only need a few fingers to count the number of times I've cried in the last decade. Two of them were from pent-up anxiety.

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Anonymous said...

The best advice I can give is to not sweat the small stuff: most things aren't that important. For everything else, write a list of the most important things you need to do and check them off as you complete them. But if you can't get everything done at the end of the day, don't worry about it. Just get some sleep. Lack of sleep makes a stressful situation worse, because you are less emotionally and physically capable of handling it.

Anonymous said...

anon 3, I totally agree
anon 2, I think you meant "drugs"

Anonymous said...

Exercise till you're tired. Get plenty of sleep. Eat well. Breathe deeply and try to relax; laugh at something, anything. Pray.

Put it in perspective. Talk to a friend.

Tomorrow's another day.

op said...

Thanks for the input.