We are way more aware of ourselves than ever before!
Social media forces us to constantly look at ourselves in the mirrors of our phone screens, constantly comparing to a far-off ideal and status-quo. Mental health awareness in turn has grown as people have a much deeper way of expressing and defining how they feel on the inside. Also people have finally recognized that what hurts in the mind can be as painful as what hurts the body.
Anxiety is a feeling of constant fear and worry. It can be a constant feeling or come as a sudden attack, or even creep up when you least expect it. These feelings of worry and fear can lead to headaches, trouble breathing, shakes and shivers, and a loss of appetite.
To make matters worse, you can develop obsessive-compulsive routines, fits of crying, build more and more irrational fears, and have a never-ending deficit of confidence and self-esteem.
Think about it! How would life really be if you were constantly in some sort of state of fear? It would be so hard to know how it would feel to be relaxed, comfortable, and happy.
Now it’s super important to not be afraid or ashamed about seeking professional help with mental health, and the cultural stigma that certain people go through in this struggle should never be brushed aside.
The experts use techniques like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, self-talk, breathing exercises, and other medical methods to deal with anxiety. It would be inappropriate to assume The Omelette has those technical answers to mental health issues, but we really want to offer our two cents on something we all deal with in some way.
So for anyone looking for a few random tips from a couple of anxious millennial fellas trying to make it, here’s 5 ways of fighting anxiety in 2018:
1) De–Clutter Yourself and Start Again Clean
The act of cleaning is sometimes boring and annoying, but nothing beats the feeling of zen when you are sitting in a clean room. The clutter we build in our home, mirrors how much clutter we build up in our heads.
To-do lists, goals, hang-out dates, homework, exams, and all the other data clouding our skulls on the daily, gets packed into our brains and sometimes stress can come out when things get too overwhelming.
Clean your room and decide on a work-space and relaxation-space for yourself. The renewed control over your space and feeling of being organized will definitely help fight feelings of doubt and confusion.
2) Find Your Creative Outlet
Art and creative expression allow people to convey emotions, abstract ideas, and personal thoughts while burning energy and using your brain.
With a creative outlet that you’re interested in, you can battle stress, feelings of negativity, and of course anxious thinking.
Whether you paint works of art, or spit spoken word, the ability to do something creative gives a major boost of confidence which helps your overall self-esteem!
It’s not always about talent, and skill level; it’s about a feeling of mastery, pride, and release after getting bottled-up feelings and thoughts out of your head.
3) Evaluate Your Relationship with Social Media
Do you need “likes” and a daily post or upload to get through the day? People are building a strong dependence on social media because it revolves around people presenting themselves or observing others in a particular light.
The problem is that posting or capturing a moment becomes more of a priority than enjoying it, and if there is no external proof of your life, then it’s assumed that you’re depressed or lonely. That’s a tough position to be in, if you don’t really want to use social media.
The point is, that scrolling through Instagram and passing the time by wishing for more likes on your Facebook post is a trap because happiness is based on something virtual and filtered. Be skeptical and critical of your life on your phone and don’t forget to live it in real life!
4) Take a Hard Look at Your Inner-Circle
Friends and family are the support system that has grown us into who we are and will continue to foster our best interests. But sometimes friends and family can also cause anxiety because of our care for them and what they have to say.
Their negativity, doubt, and personal bias can throw someone off, instill doubt, and shatter confidence. Sometimes the relationships we have can be toxic because they rely on power dynamics, the sharing of misery, and focusing on negativity.
Empower yourself with a strong circle made of people who value your growth, recognize your struggle, and will always strive to be genuine with you no matter what. Don’t be afraid to cut people off, and foster new connections, but don’t isolate yourself or and believe in the ability for people to change for the better.
5) Reward Your Accomplishments
Often times people who suffer anxiety deny and disregard the good things they have done or have going for them. When the mind is filled with worry and fear, it’s tough to feel proud of accomplishments and recognize how far you’ve come.
If you don’t take pride in yourself, it’ll be tough for others to do the same. Enjoy the process more than obsessing over the results, and remembering your accomplishments will keep your mind in perspective so that you can be more logical when facing anxious fears.
On top of these tips folks, don’t forget to GET OUT AND ADVENTURE! Go outside, and smell fresh air. Force yourself into uncomfortable positions and feel something real. You are talented, beautiful, strong, and smart, and better than Anxiety.
Any techniques you use that work well to reducing or fighting anxiety? Comment below and let us know! We use this blog as a means of handling stress as much as it’s a shot in the dark for a brighter tomorrow. Enjoy the struggle and make meaning of the pain! See you on the other side.