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Fighting Anxiety

At the beginning of the year we focused on the topic of Anxiety and healthy steps we could take to manage it. Almost half way through 2021, we felt it was time to revisit the subject.  We started the year off anxiously awaiting COVID19 vaccines and now, thanks to amazing science and brilliant minds, they are here!  Now the anxiety tends to linger about what is safe, what is normal now, are we back to a life where people expect us to be social and accomplish things?  

No need to hurry.
No need to sparkle.
No need to be anybody but oneself.                     
-Virginia Woolf
 

Anxiety isn’t always nail biting, extreme fear, or rocking yourself in the corner of the room.  Anxiety can be a quiet simmer that all of a sudden boils over, or it can be so constant that from the outside another person would never know that you struggle daily to keep the anxious thoughts and feelings in check.  Sometimes anxiety is triggered by the oddest occurrences that you can’t quite pin down or brought on by painful memories, stress, exhaustion and/or depression.  

Anxiety is a lot like a toddler. It never stops talking, tells you you’re wrong about everything, and wakes you up at 3 am. -Anonymous

We are taught to believe that anxiety is normal, that everyone deals with it, but while it is prevalent, it shouldn’t be ignored.  Anxiety may be something we deal with off and on, a constant companion or somewhere inbetween, but white knuckling isn’t a healthy way to handle anything.  Let’s explore some self care steps we can take to stop the constant worry and find some balance.  

Anxiety happens when you think you have to figure out everything all at once. Breathe. You’re strong. You got this. Take it day by day. 
-Karen Salmansohn
 

Anxiety Self Care Ideas:

Breathe

Dealing with anxiety is exhausting and can often feel like the end of the world.  It is important to remember that while anxiety can make you feel like your heart might pound out of your chest, it probably won’t.  It is scary, but you must remember to breathe.  No, this isn’t some New Age/New Fangled advice, but actual science. Try to count your inhales and exhales, making your exhales a little longer than your inhales.  Putting something weighted on your chest can help tremendously: a blanket, a yoga sand weight, a big book can do in a pinch.  The weight literally grounds you and helps ease the panic.  

Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.  –Etty Hillesum

Find things to laugh at

Go back and watch movies from your childhood and teen years, reread books that brought you joy in the past.  Eat comfort food from your childhood.  Download podcasts that make you laugh so hard you cry.  Chase joy, flee the darkness anxiety pulls you into.

Life isn't as serious as the mind makes it out to be. –Eckhart Tolle

Take care of yourself

Medication can be a godsend for some, if it works for you, take it.  There is no shame whatsoever in treating your anxiety with medication.  If you find after giving medication adequate time that it doesn’t work for you, let your doctor know you wish to safely come off of it.  You are not a failure, medication isn’t a miracle, it works for some better than others.  Be honest and advocate for what feels best for you.

Therapy is a fantastic way to delve into what you are going through, how it is affecting your life and in the process, learn ways to manage your anxiety.  Due to the pandemic, some companies are offering a number of therapy sessions free of cost. Make sure to check with your HR department to see if this is something your company is participating in.  Additionally, there are several online therapy platforms that have found a way to offer therapy where and when you need it, with a membership cost clearly stated.  No surprise medical bills are always welcome when it comes to health care.

Support is a gift, knowing you are not alone on this path makes dealing with anxiety a lot less scary.  Having a place to write down whatever is going on in your head, knowing you are safe and supported is a key component of a well designed anxiety care plan. 

You're allowed to scream, you're allowed to cry, but do not give up. 
-Unknown
 

As always, we thank you all for allowing us to be a part of your journey.  Remember to respect and support one another, we all are dealing with something.  Our paths are different, but our need for support is universal.  

 

Wishing you all the best,

-Team SG  

 

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