Hello everyone! I hope everyone is having a fantastic evening! Sitting here in the comforts of my apartment, I watched one my favorite YouTuber’s, jacksepticeye, do a game play video on a game that takes you through how it feels having an anxiety attack. I will link this video below. Please watch with caution, as it could trigger an anxiety attack.
Watching this video though, it did get me thinking. Anxiety is one of those things that not only affects people everyday, but can cause people to not do things that may change their lives.
I know for me, personally, I’ve had many anxiety issues in my young life. It’s affect my jobs, friends, and even places I go. It has made me quit certain jobs because going to work made me feel anxious, and I didn’t like that feeling. I’ve recently, within the last year, started working on my anxiety issues. Instead of running from things that made me anxious, I ran towards them. It is one of the hardest things I’ve had to do.
However, the result of this has led me to a great job that I really enjoy. It has allowed me to move up in my current workplace, and it is a great feeling. To overcome something that you’ve been dealing with for years feels great.
I do know that is not an option for some. I’ve also had severe anxiety attacks, and know that the loss of breath and not being able to move is the worst feeling in the world. Feeling stuck where you’re at, and feeling like no one understands, it really sucks. So here’s my advice.
Take your time. I know when going through an attack, that it feels like no one understands. Depending on your situation, that could be true for you. In that case, take some deep breaths, think of a great happy place, and stay there for awhile.
If you are someone who has a loved one in life that has anxiety issues, here are a few tips to try and help them.
- Don’t tell them that they are being stupid or ridiculous. One of my worst anxiety attacks that I’ve had in life, I had people all around me telling me that there’s nothing to be anxious about, and that I am stupid for being that way. Let me tell you, it did not help me whatsoever.
- Hold them. Whether it be their hand, or a long hug, hold them. Believe it or not, being held helps reduce the anxiety. My grandpa has bad anxiety attacks, and most of the time, he gets calmed down by someone just holding his hand. It does help.
- Let them know you are there. Sometimes, people with anxiety have certain people that help by just being there. If you are that person for them, know it can be frustrating at times, but you are that person’s safe place. Don’t ignore that. If you can help, please do.
I hope I was able to help someone who might not know what to do, or how to react. Also know, that if you go through really bad anxiety, there are certain medications that you can get from your doctor that can help lessen the feeling. I, in no way, think this is always the way to go; however, my grandpa does take anxiety medication. For the most part, it helps him stay calm, and his attacks don’t happen as often.
In closing, anxiety is a real issue. I am in no way an expert, but feel my experiences might be able to help someone in making life a little easier. The best advice I can give, on any subject dealing with anxiety, depression, etc., is to never give up. Don’t give up on yourself, and don’t give up on that person.