Misbah has done her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She has access to a wide range of mental health experts who treat mental illness.
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Brenda Arledge, a wonderful poet, and a dear friend provide us with a word challenge each week to help us improve our creative muscles. This article is my response to Brenda Arledge's Week 39 word prompt challenge, "Anxiety." Thank you so much, Bredz, for this word. I've had a long relationship with this word. How could I have let it go? I hope everyone enjoys reading it.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is the most common mental illness. Anxiety is nothing more than an emotion. There are various kinds of anxiety disorders, a few common anxiety disorders include:
- Social anxiety disorder: It is a type of anxiety that people suffer in social interactions for example in public speaking
- Phobias: A phobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by a persistent and excessive dread of a particular object or situation.
- Panic disorder: A panic attack is an episode of a brief period of intense anxiety that results in severe physical reactions despite the absence of any real danger or obvious cause. Panic attacks can be extremely frightening.
- Generalized anxiety disorder: Excessive anxiety almost every day for six months or more may indicate a generalized anxiety disorder. Living with generalized anxiety disorder can be challenging for a long period of time. It frequently co-occurs with other anxiety or mood disorders.
“Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.”
— Jodi Picoult
Anxiety- a Poem
What is it that irritates me?
Why am I feeling so down?
This moment, so serene and calm with you,
another moment I am staring, and
Yelling at you. Keeping an eye on you,
Like an angry eagle. Run away from here,
You can be my prey.
I am now more dangerous than a lion.
Better you stay away.
This sensation is extremely unusual.
Which overwhelms me now and then,
It disturbs me a lot, I am making a big mess.
It invests in my subconscious mind.
Drives me to nothingness all of a sudden.
This daring little ball...
That interferes with the hollowness of my being.
And now everything has been erased.
I'm lost in the mazes of my emotions.
My thoughts are without connection.
My lips tremble and stammer
Not a word seems appropriate
My knowledge in the distance flees.
My heart begins to race.
I have water at the edge of my eyes.
All my confidence is fading
I would like to be humble but cannot control anger.
My gestures fly away. It is beyond my control.
The silence weighs on my shoulders
Suddenly I hear nothing more.
My breath quickens, my heart jumps.
I feel so oppressed...
When stress makes war on me
And imprisons all my ideas,
It is anxiety that causes me to suffer.
You've got no idea!
People run away from me like I am a virus,
It is not their fault, who will love to live in hell,
I am caged with negative thoughts.
Chained are my feet.
Despite the fact that I want to run
But I couldn't find a way out, so I'm stuck.
I am the prisoner and the jailer is also me.
So harsh, I am often,
You won't like to stand near me,
People often left me alone,
Thinking I am crazy, I need love, and
Care. Which all of us deserve.
If I'm so anxious, there must be a reason behind
Have you ever seen a tree that has no roots, but is still growing?
The same is true for Anxiety.
Yes, I have a history and a story to tell, and I want to be heard.
I'm going insane because of the words I never said.
I scream and become enraged, but my heart is in pain.
A sense that no one understands me,
Tears me apart. I, too, have a story.
I just want to be heard.
“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.”
Tips To Get Rid Of Anxiety
Seek Medical Health as soon as possible:
If you delay, anxiety, like many other mental health issues, can become more difficult to cure.
Keeping a Journal:
Keeping a record of your personal life can assist you and your mental health doctor to understand what is the reason behind your stress and what appears to help you feel well.
Avoid unhealthy substance use:
Avoid unhealthy fizzy drinks, alcohol, and drugs. Anxiety can be caused or worsened by the use of nicotine or caffeine. Quitting any of these substances might be stressful if you are addicted to them. If you are unable to quit on your own, then you can consult your doctor or seek a treatment center to assist you in this regard.
Recognize your priorities:
Anxiety can be reduced by effectively managing your energy and time.
Exercise, yoga, meditation, doing gym can help to reduce anxiety. You can go for morning and evening walks.
Keep yourself busy:
Try to keep yourself busy with different activities like cooking, baking, painting, traveling, etc. Keep yourself distracted as much as you can.
Spend time with loved ones:
Watch TV with them. Try to share your feelings with them. Listen to music or play board games with them.
Mood and diet are so closely linked, controlling your diet will help you manage your symptoms. Eat a healthy and balanced diet. Keep an eye on what kind of foods disturb you or trigger your anxiety, and try to avoid such foods.
In short, mindfulness is the ability to manage one's own mind and ideas. It is about living in the present moment rather than the past or the future. It's about allowing your ideas, whatever they are, into your mind, observing them without evaluating them as good or bad, and letting them drift away.
You don't have to like your emotions, but you can learn to accept them and choose whether or not to let them annoy you. This is well worth practicing since the ability to quiet your own thoughts is critical in the treatment of Anxiety and Depression.
“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.”
— Charles Spurgeon
My Last Thoughts:
It is simple to overcome anxiety because it is nothing more than a powerful emotion. We can regulate our anxiousness by tricking our brains. I am suggesting all this after being a patient of anxiety for more than a year. If I can overcome it, why can't you?
Links To My Previous Articles On Anxiety:
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