Posts tagged Anxiety
Choose a card, any card...

The most valuable thing is how the cards show that there isn't one single thing that helps me (or anyone), instead there are many that can help in all sorts of ways, and rather than being rigid and regimented, it's good to shake things up and throw anything and everything at the problem. There are some big themes in the cards: getting back in your body by doing physical things, connecting with others, doing creative work such as writing and speaking, along with common sense stuff such as going to bed early.

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Taking life one day at a time

When I meet people I like to ask “How are you doing today?” rather than “How are you doing?” as I think it takes away the pressure for the person to find a “satisfying” answer to what can otherwise be an overwhelming question. Especially for people with anxiety like me, when someone asks how I am doing, I immediately panic and try to find a non-upsetting answer. For me this small difference in phrasing makes a huge difference for me.

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Panic attacks: skills to help

There are a lot of skills people can learn to help cope with panic attacks, and it’s up to each person to try them out and see what methods work for them. I practice the skills when I’m not having a panic attack, in order to train myself for when an attack does happen. When I started learning these skills I tried to do them 3 or 4 times a day. 

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Is my anxiety 'normal' ?

I find that social media has had a hugely negative impact upon my mental health. I look at the pages of people I like/date, try to work out what things mean, where are they, who are they with. I wonder what it means when they "like" my photo which I have put up just to get their attention. If I was giving advice I would say this is incredibly unhealthy and TO STOP. But it is very hard.

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Coming out: Round II

I had written that I'd hoped my mental health issues wouldn't be a big deal. But actually for me, being open about my mental health at work for the first time, was a big deal. I wasn't just being open about my mental health, I was being open about me, who I am. And I was no longer prepared to feel ashamed about that. Maybe it sounds strange, but I held my head a little higher that day. 

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