Post-natal anxiety or anxiety of any sort can take over our every day lives and stop us from doing even the most normal of things. I have explained many times on this blog all about my journey with anxiety since having Little Man so if you would like to read the background click here.
I have learnt a lot about anxiety in the last couple of years and *touch wood* I am through the worst, however it is with me everyday in one way or another. I have learnt some ways of helping myself not let anxiety ruin my day. So, if any of you are suffering, I thought I would share my hacks. Let’s kick anxiety in the face!
As always I am not a Doctor or expert I just want to share my experiences with you.
Breathing – Don’t underestimate breathing. When I feel my breathing getting quick or a bit out of control. I breath in for 5 seconds, hold it for 5 seconds and breath out. Doing this not only helps to control your breathing but it also gives you something to focus on rather than the thing that is making you anxious.
Distraction – This is something else not to underestimate. If I am sitting watching TV and I start to feel anxious about something, I get up and go and do something else. Keeping yourself busy and your mind busy is a really great way to forget about the anxiety for a little bit. Throw yourself into a conversation if you are in a social situation or sit down and read a book if you are at home.
Sleep – It really is very simple for me – the tireder I am, the more likely I am to get anxious. This week has been a prime example for me; I have had a lot on at work and at home and have had considerable less sleep because of it. If you can try to get as much sleep as your body needs, your brain will be able to deal with anxiety a lot better.
Talking – Believe me when I write this, I know this is easier typed than done. It took me a long time to talk to anyone about how I felt and I am still very picky with who I tell. Most of the time I feel more comfortable if people around me don’t know how I am feeling as I find distraction easier to use. However, sometimes texting G in the morning saying that I have woken up feeling a bit anxious really helps and is enough to kick start me into getting on with the day. Just sharing the load can sometimes help.
Acceptance – Something else which I know is really tough but my best method of fighting an anxiety attack is to just accept it is there. It has taken me a long time to be able to do this successfully. However, now if I feel anxious in a certain situation. I know what the physical symptoms mean, I know there is no danger to me. So in my head I just think ‘this is just anxiety’ and I let it be there. You would be surprised how quickly it can go away if you just face it. Don’t let it scare you. You are in control.
So there we go, my anxiety hacks. I hope they help anyone that is struggling a little bit. If you have any hacks, please share them in the comments below.