Hey guys! My name is Camillia and I am a book blogger over on Twenty Three Pages. Erica has very kindly given me a space on her blog today for Shattering Stigmas.
Now I have dealt with mental illnesses for most of my teenage life. I was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) when I was 12 and I was consistently on Concerta and Ritalin.
I also struggle with anxiety and I do get a lot of anxiety attacks. I get very panicky and I freak out over certain things and honestly it’s a struggle. I mean it’s a struggle for me to keep myself calm, to get myself over a panic attack and to deal with situations in a way that does not cause me to fly into a frenzy.
However I feel that this year, I have made a huge effort to work on that part of myself.
So today, I thought it would be cool if I walked you guys through three things I’ve learnt and used to help me when I’m wracked with anxiety.
One of the best things I feel that helps is always having a form of distraction at hand. And no, I don’t mean aimlessly scrolling through Instagram.
You want something that will consume your mind to the point where you can’t think about the bad thoughts anymore.
My personal favourite thing to do is to read because it plunges you into a whole other world and forces you to live the character’s life and not your own for a while. I always have a book on hand. I either have my kindle or a couple of books on my phone but I am never without a novel for this exact reason.
Well okay, I also love to read. But it’s also largely for my anxiety.
If reading is not your thing, there are so many things you could do like play a game, talk to a friend or blast some music. Whatever works for you.
This is something that you can use when you are in the middle of a panic attack and have no way or no one who can help you. What you can do is to plug in your headphones and go into an app called ‘Stop, Breathe & Think’.
This is a free meditation app that allows you to indicate what you are feeling and will then provide customized meditation sessions for you. All you have to do is plug in your headphones and listen.
It’s especially great because no one can really tell what you are doing.
Finally, if you have watched Sherlock, you would know that he has this thing he calls a mind palace. It’s basically this place in his brain where he stores facts and he frequently dissolves into it when he is trying to solve a case.
I decided to take that method and customize it to help with my anxiety.
Start out by creating a place with four walls. It could be a mansion or it could be a garden shed. Whatever and wherever makes you feel safe.
Next, make sure that there is a door with a lock to your chosen place. When you are upset, mentally retreat into this mind palace that you have created and lock the door.
This is a way to visualize locking yourself away from the bad thoughts and feelings and I’ve noticed that it can be very helpful.
So there you have it! I really hope these tips helped you out in some way. Remember that everyone is different and not everyone can use these self-care ways on their own.
Just never be afraid to admit that you need an extra hand with medication. There’s nothing wrong with that and it does by no means mean that you have failed in any way.
If you have any other tips for dealing with an anxiety attack, make sure you leave them in the comments so we can all learn from each other.
Thanks for having me guys!
A huge thank you to Cam for sharing these tips. It is always so nice to see how someone else looks at things & I think these tips are definitely helpful. Chat it up with Cam in the comments!