Are your palms sweaty? Knees weak? Arms are heavy? Is there vomit on your sweater already?
In all seriousness, in this section of my mental health series, I’m going to be talking about Anxiety, and ways that I personally overcome it every day.
*Disclaimer*: If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, it is not to say that you are suffering from said illness. Please do not self diagnose. If you are feeling symptoms of anxiety, please speak to a trained professional about what could possibly work for you.
are a group of mental disorders characterized by significant feelings of anxiety and fear. Anxiety is a worry about future events, and fear is a reaction to current events. These feelings may cause physical symptoms, such as a fast heart rate and shakiness.
The most common categories of anxiety are;
• Generalized Anxiety Disorder
• Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
• Panic Disorder
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Social Phobia (or Social Anxiety Disorder)
When we talk about mental illness, we often wonder “why?” There are many reasons why someone may experience anxiety.
• Stress due to an illness
• Stress buildup
• Other mental health disorders
• Drugs or alcohol
Below, are some “icky” feelings we may feel when we are feeling anxiety, and a “Healthy Habit” (HH) to try when we want to get rid of the “ick”
Some anxiety symptoms may include;
F - Panic, fear, and uneasiness.
HH - STOP take 10 breaths, slowly and try locating where you feel this in your body. Whether it be your stomach, tightness in your neck, or sweating in your palms. Take a second and ask yourself if your fear is rational. Most cases in anxiety, our fear takes over, and we start to react irrationally without taking a