Just when you think you’re doing everything you possibly can to overcome your anxiety, you find yourself having a full-blow anxiety attack. It’s common to think that you’re following your therapists’ instruction precisely, executing what you’ve learned in your anxiety self-help books and facing your fears every day, but what’s even more common are these 5 mistakes people with anxiety make.
Now, in no way is anyone perfect but the key to overcoming anxiety is to practice self-awareness, so that you know when you are doing things that can hinder your healing. More importantly, so you can correct your thought patterns and behaviours.
Social media is simply bad news for everyone but even more so for people with anxiety. We recently shared a post on our Anxiety Gone Instagram that said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” And what do you do on social media? You read people’s statuses, watch their videos and look at photos of everyone else’s “amazing life”, only to then compare it to your own.
Often times, people with anxiety do this without even recognizing it, which is why self-awareness is so important. It’s imperative to realize that social media isn’t a realistic view into someone’s life. People share what they want to share and often times, this doesn’t involve sharing the dark corners of one’s life. To put it simply, social media offers an incredibly skewed look at what’s really going on.
P.S. Yoga is amazing at teaching you how to become more self-aware. Check out some of our favourite types of yoga for anxiety.
Anxiety sucks. There’s no doubt about that but what sucks even more is getting caught up in this self-blame, you’re-to-blame cycle that will never get you anywhere.
It’s so easy to blame that person for making you have anxiety at school or that person for making you anxious at the restaurant or yourself for having anxiety, period. However, as the saying goes, “Nothing worth having comes easy”.
What’s more important than figuring out who’s to blame is figuring out what you can do to decrease anxiety and alleviate your symptoms. You are in control of your destiny, your mental health and your healing. You just have to choose to get better and blame is the opposite of doing just that.
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This mistake is an unusual one because how can you possibly spend too much time and effort trying to overcome anxiety? While it’s important to do just that, it’s equally as important to physically do what is causing you to have anxiety.
We often say, you can have all the anxiety tools and techniques available, but if you never put them to use, they won’t do anything for you. So, continue to invest your time and effort to decrease your anxiety but also take the time to face your fears and practice self-love, self-awareness, self-care and wellbeing. Again, yoga for anxiety is amazing for this, particularly, Yoga For Healing.
With the prior said, it’s also important to mention that one of the biggest mistakes people with anxiety make is not doing anything about it. You will never get better if you don’t make time to do just that. You have anxiety-self help books to read , you have to face the things that are causing you to have anxiety, you have to find natural anxiety relief or medication, you have to take time to exercise… And the list goes on.
Overcoming anxiety is a choice. It won’t happen on its own. So, don’t dismiss the basics of self-care. Eat clean, use essential oils, take time to relax and read a book, eliminate toxic people from your life, shower, etc.
Trust us, we understand how difficult it is to see anxiety as anything other than the enemy. After all, what could possibly be positive about having anxiety or panic disorder? If that’s what you’re thinking right now, it’s time to change your mindset.
Yes, anxiety is absolutely brutal but by changing the way you look at it, you can alleviate the stress and anxiety you put on yourself simply for having this mental illness.
You want to eliminate as much negativity, self-doubt, self-blame, and self-hate as possible. Consider seeing your anxiety as something that makes you stronger as a person, or something that makes you unique; something that makes you more kind, understanding and courteous or something that makes you detail-oriented.
Anxiety isn’t a flaw. It isn’t who you are. It’s just something you’re dealing with.
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With the cold and flu season taking over, Claire from Anxious Freedom is discussing the differences between anxiety and the flu, and what it means for your mental health. Disclaimer: This article does not apply to those suffering from major depressive episodes which can be just as debilitating as the flu itself with exact symptoms. This is for those, like me, who suffer from phobias and generalized anxiety and panic disorder. This is also not medical advice, just a post coming from someone who has had trouble in the past finding the difference between anxiety and a cold or the flu. If you have a fever along with any of the flu symptoms, please seek medical attention. Anxiety IS a sickness (even though it’s considered mental) and can have so many different effects on our body varying by each individual. With millions suffering from a mental health disorder, we know first-hand how it can manifest throughout our entire body (i.e. headaches, nausea, stomach aches, etc.) With cold and flu season running rampant, how do we distinguish between anxiety and the flu or a cold? We know that the two can be intertwined, and yes, anxiety does diminish our immune system, […]
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Growing up with anxiety was no easy feat. As a young girl, I was always known for being courteous, kind and understanding of everyone, always finding the good in everything, with an extra dose of speaking before thinking. While I have yet to figure out the latter, there was a time in life when I lost all the kindness in my soul. In fact, I eventually died in every way imaginable. After struggling and growing up with anxiety since I was 7, I guess it was bound to happen… This is my story. *** As a child, I used to make masks without the cut-out-holes for the eyes and walk around with my ears plugged just so I could understand what blind and deaf people felt like. I would leave one arm outside of its sleeve, just so I could understand what it was like to live with only one. I would defend the underdogs and even stuck up for a blind kid on the playground when the school bully stole all of his pogs and all the other kids said nothing at all. While everyone was running wild in the summer, I was begging my parents to put an […]
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For people who struggle with various forms of anxiety, there is a new all-natural hope on the horizon. In the last couple of years, both the scientific community and the general public have gotten more acquainted with cannabidiol than ever before. Cannabidiol (or in short CBD), is a complex compound found in all varieties of the cannabis plant, and even in the industrial hemp plant (where it’s mostly extracted from), which has only trace-amounts of the psychoactive cannabinoid THC. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC), CBD is completely and utterly non mind-altering, which basically means that it cannot induce any kind of mental sensations, and the only feeling you get from it are the medical benefits it induces. But more on all that a bit later on. Reputable manufacturers of CBD usually extract this cannabinoid from the industrial hemp plant (which is mostly used for the production of fabric and rope), and because a proper CBD-oil product can have only less than 0.3% of THC in it, this ensures that the customer is absolutely safe from any effects of THC, and at the same time this low level of THC is the reason CBD-based products are totally legal across the world. So […]
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