Guess who’s back?! So much has happened in the last three months, but I’m glad to be back in the swing of things. May is Mental Health Awareness Month. What better way to make my comeback than to write about something I deal with personally, Anxiety. In my Black Girls Have Anxiety Too post, I talked about being diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. It’s been almost a year since I was diagnosed, and I’ve learned a few tricks to help with it along the way.
When you’re feeling anxious, write/type out your thoughts. Leave it all on the paper literally or figuratively. Blogging has helped me tremendously in the last year. Just having a place to express myself freely has been everything.
Physical activity helps a lot with stress and anxiety. I don’t like to exercise, or do anything that requires sweat; but I will walk. If exercise isn’t really your thing, put your headphones in and go for a quick walk around the neighborhood.
Listen To Music:
Listening to music can help you relax and brighten your mood depending on the song. Whenever you’re feeling down, put on your favorite tunes and have a thirty-second dance party! . . . Did you peep the Grey’s Anatomy reference? lol
Talking to a therapist, or someone who you trust can make a huge difference. I can’t speak for everyone, but keeping all of my emotions in is what made my anxiety worse. I strongly encourage any and everyone dealing with anxiety and depression to talk to someone.
Just breathe! Practicing deep breathing exercises lowers stress in the body. Slowing your breaths down when you feel anxious can help reduce the chance of an anxiety attack.
Living with anxiety and depression can be a real pain in the ass. Contrary to popular belief, there doesn’t have to be anything wrong for a person with anxiety to have an episode. Most of the time, it just is what it is. There are tons of things you can you do to reduce stress and anxiety. You can go for a hike, read a book, or watch your favorite television show . Everyone is different, so do what you feel works best for you. For the rest of this month, I will be blogging weekly about depression and anxiety. I feel like it’s a topic that often gets overlooked, but it’s a very real thing.
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