I’m pretty sure that most of the population today has this, and still it receives such a negative stigma in our society. Anxiety. Yup. Said it. We all have it, deal with it, cope with it and experience it on a regular basis. I am not a stranger to it, nor have I ever been. Since I was a kid, I was dealing with the demon and battling with it all through my adolescence. It wasn’t until my early adult life that I went to see someone about it, and started receiving treatment for it. And quite honestly, it changed my life.
Besides reaching out to someone and receiving CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) for my anxiety, I researched other ways to cope (e.g., changing my diet, exercise, etc.) and that was during the time I found solace in a yoga studio back in my hometown. Yoga was the key to connecting my mind and body in a way that let me control my physiological symptoms of anxiety by reducing the tension in my mind. It was just a wonderful experience and I have always been grateful of adding yoga to my life for that reason.
Another thing that helped me was music. I have always been a singer, and now I’m pursuing a career in audio/film production, and so I’m constantly surrounded by music. When I was feeling my most anxious/stressed, I took to singing to calm me down – and now recently have been learning ukulele, which is another tool in my anxiety reduction toolbox. I can pick up the instrument, play a few songs, sing my little heart out, take some deep breaths and just relax into the music.
If you battle with anxiety too, don’t let it consume you. It has that ability and like anything negative/evil, it feeds off negativity. So the more you give into it, the more it grows and lives. We need to be mindful of ways to deal with anxiety when it overcomes us, and like yoga and music are a few of my methods of coping – there are also other ways to reduce anxiety, like going outdoors for a walk, meditating, or even completely a puzzle. Our mind, like other muscles in our body, needs a cooling down period and we need to take care of it. It’s the strongest one we have, so, think mindfully of ways to help it out of anxious situations.
Take care of you. You are the most important.