Did You Know?
- Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year.
- Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.
- People with an anxiety disorder are three to five times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those who do not suffer from anxiety disorders.
- Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.
It’s not uncommon for someone with an anxiety disorder to also suffer from depression or vice versa. Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.
I have suffered from both anxiety and depression for at least the last 7 years. I believe it began before that but my first diagnosis was in 2012. Since then, I have tried almost everything to help relieve my anxiety. Here are my top 10 favorites:
10. Candles/insence/essential oil diffuser. Sometimes just the smell of something you love (for me- rain) can put you in a better mood and help you feel more relaxed.
9. Baths with a bath bomb or scented epsom salt. Warm baths are proven to help relax, and it has helped me on many occasions, especially when muscle pain is working against you.
8. Walking! Getting a little bit of exercise is good for everyone. It can also help you sleep better at night, especially when done shortly before getting ready for bed.
7. Music therapy. A good scream-o song or hardcore rap can help you get out the emotions you feel weigh heavy on you.
6. Along with music- dancing. Someone commented on one of my posts about dancing it out. I have learned this from Grey’s Anatomy, and also use this technique as often as I can.
5. Painting/drawing/coloring. Focusing on a project keeps my brain on one thing. I feel more in control of my life when I can focus.
4. Playing with pets or children. I don’t know if everyone feels this, but sometimes my cat knows when I’m feeling off or sick, and my children try to help me so much. They always make me feel better!
3. Talking to a good friend. Having someone to let everything out on is really important. Not only do you feel you have support, but you actually start to feel stronger for having someone on your side like that.
2. Binging your favorite show! I post often about my love for certain shows. Again, my anxiety makes it hard for my brain to focus and concentrate on one thing at a time.
- My favorite; joining a group on Facebook or blogs of people who have the same issues as you. Realizing how many people suffer along with you can change your entire mindset.
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