Happy Monday Everyone
Hope you are all having a GREAT Day.
In this post I want to tell you how I beat anxiety and what I did to overcome the mental illness, and what I am doing today to keep anxiety under control.
Firstly, for those of you who do not know what Anxiety is or understand how it affects us I want to run through how it affected me and what anxiety I had.
To give you an understanding of how serious Anxiety is within our society, here are some stats;
(YouGov Survey Results*)
- While 2.6% of the population experience depression and 4.7% have anxiety problems, as many as 9.7% suffer mixed depression and anxiety, making it the most prevalent mental health problem in the population as a whole.
- Almost one in five people feel anxious all of the time or a lot of the time.
- Only one in twenty people never feel anxious.
- Women are more likely to feel anxious than men.
- The likelihood of feeling anxious reduces with age.
After reading that it really is clear to see that almost 1 in 5 adults suffer mixed depression and anxiety. I actually think it is higher than this as most go undetected and unconfirmed.
Anxiety started for me was in the summer of 2010, I was having a difficult time in my personal life and was drinking of a weekend more than I really should have been doing. During this time something just changed. It was like a switch was flicked on, and I ‘slid down a hole’ to which I referred myself to the doctor.
After visiting the doctor I was given two choices to think about; 1, medication (Like anti-depressants) or 2, counselling help. I took the medication, as it was for me what I called the ‘spiral condition’. Where I have a panic situation and it spirals out of control from there. My brain without any control started to make my heart race, which was making me panic resulting in palpitations and shooting pains in my left hand and arm. I was very worried and thinking the worst!
I had pains in both hands at different times of the day. I would shake as if I was freezing cold for no reason at all. I would pace the room talking to myself thinking I was going to have a heart attack! I was not in the greatest position at all. This could happen at home, at the office or even in the shops!
This time of my life was very concerning for me. I didn’t know how I managed to get into this position or how to get out of it.
After taking the medication for a few months I wanted to set myself a goal to come off them and be able to control my state of mind by Christmas. I slowly started to educate myself on why I thought this was happening and how I could regain control when these situations happen to me. I purchased books from Amazon, read blogs, articles and forums to get as much advice from others as possible.
After a few months, I decided I was going to stop taking the medication; I was very worried about what could happen to me if I did. However, the day that I did was a big event for me. I told nobody as I wanted to do this by myself and wanted to make sure that I had the strength and will power to do this alone.
There was a sentence I said to myself over and over again which is one I still say to myself even now. Even in recent times I can feel my heart rate increase. This is what I say “nothing is going to happen to you, you are fit and healthy, drink this water and everything will be fine” can you guess what happened next? I was fine!
“Talking positively and giving myself reassuring advice that I truly believed in, really helped overcome so much“
To help maintain the strong mindset, I started doing other things to help, myself which have stayed with me to this day. They are;
- Consume a healthy amount of water every day
- Read positive material like articles, tweets and blogs
- Drink chamomile tea as often as I can
For those of you who also drink chamomile tea you will know where I am coming from when I say that it is the most relaxing drink you can have.
Chamomile tea is known as a natural antibiotic and it helps calm your body – for these 2 reasons alone I am hooked!! I always have some in the cupboard or in the office. If you have not tried this drink, try it once! It is an acquired tasted but can help you stay healthy if nothing else!
My career as an Account Manager/ Sales Professional means I am always under pressure to hit targets and deliver not to mention meet deadlines. All this adds up within me so it is important to keep myself calm and strong-minded. All these positive habits are now built up within me and I am very happy about how they have influenced me and I think that it has made me a better person. I also think it has broadened my understanding of the human mind.
To finish off, anxiety and panic attacks are a type of mental illness which means they are a state of mind. If we can find a way to control our state of mind and steer it down a path that is clam and collective then it really can help us make huge steps to self treating.
Please remember I am no doctor or psychiatrist I am merely telling you about my situation and my findings about the illness.
As my following community on here is growing daily I am sure that some of you could relate to what I have written and been through. If you have, please let me know what steps you are taking to stay in control of your mental state?
I am very happy to have shared this part of my life with you and like always, thank you for reading.