It's hard enough sometimes just managing day to day life when you have anxiety let alone Christmas. One of my triggers is having people come to my house; be it for a cup of tea, glass or wine or, god forbid a meal, or a party (a little bit of sick just came up then). So, what can we do to make this time of year go a little more smoothly? Apart from going on holiday to India for two weeks!?
‘Anxiety is one of the most prevalent mental health problems in the UK and elsewhere, yet it is still under-reported, under-diagnosed and under-treated,’ according to the Mental Health Association.
Almost one in five of us feel anxious all the time, or a lot of the time, let alone at Christmas when the pressure is on to meet all the ridiculous expectations that are being piled upon us every day by the media.
Symptoms for me (like yesterday which was a bad day) include a deep feeling of worry and dread, thinking too much about what other people may think of me, panic about things that are either out of my control or actually I am fine with (on my good days). Generally I feel overwhelmed, tearful and disappointed in myself.
For people with mental illness, ‘normal’ stuff can sometimes feel hard. But, it doesn’t make you a failure, or a weirdo; it just means that you have an illness that you have to be constantly aware of.
The video below from ASAP Thought is great, as she says, it is advice one from anxiety sufferer to another.
TIPS ON MANAGING ANXIETY from ASAP Thought:
I have also started using the App Headspace which is being recommended by Anxiety UK. It is a meditation and mindfulness app which can help with anxiety and acts like a personal trainer for the mind. At the end of the day, we train our bodies to keep fit so we should train our minds too.
So MY tips are:-