September 19, 2021

My anxiety disorder has affected my life, but I can still tell you I’m not scared.

I’ve seen my friends struggle with anxiety too.

But this anxiety has been a thing for years, and it’s slowly become more and more crippling.

Now, I don’t feel like I have to worry about my mind, or my thoughts, or how I’ll be able to function when I’m over the weekend.

I can relax.

I don.

I know it sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s true.

This isn’t a problem of being too stressed, it’s a mental health condition that’s really affecting my ability to be myself.

So, if you’re struggling with anxiety, here’s what you can do to ease the pain.

1.

Ask for help.

If you’re in a relationship, friends or family member, find someone who can listen to your worries and let you know how you can be helped.

If the anxiety has affected you at work or school, ask your supervisor, or your boss, to listen to you.

If there’s no one who can help, you may need to ask your doctor for help and find a mental healthcare professional.

2.

Listen.

You might think you can’t talk about your anxiety, but you can, if it helps.

Ask a friend or a therapist for advice.

Ask if you can get help from an expert.

If your anxiety is affecting your work, go to your boss or your friends, or even ask for help from your family and friends.

3.

Support.

If someone can offer you support, ask for it.

This may sound silly, but if someone can’t help, or if you feel you’re alone, it may be best to seek help.

It may be hard to find help, but sometimes people can understand if you don’t understand how you feel.

4.

Ask someone who knows someone who has the same problem.

Find a mental wellness professional.

Find out if your therapist is an expert and/or someone who’s seen someone with the same anxiety disorder.

If not, ask someone who does.

If they do, talk to them about what they know about the anxiety disorder, what it can do, and how you might help.

Find someone who you trust and trust yourself.

5.

Seek out professional support.

The best way to get help is to find a trusted professional who can get you the help you need.

You may also want to speak with your doctor about your mental health.

There are things you can try to make it easier on yourself.

For example, you might try to focus on a goal that you’ve set.

If that’s a hard goal, try to be more positive.

Or, take a self-checklist and practice self-compassion.

6.

Start a conversation.

Ask yourself these questions.

If it’s an important question, start by asking yourself: What can I do to help myself?

What can someone else do?

How can I take care of myself?

7.

Get help.

Talk to a mental care professional about your situation.

The first step is to ask a mental practitioner or therapist for their opinion.

It might be helpful to ask for a referral from a friend.

You can find an appointment with one online or at your local health care provider.

8.

Ask your doctor.

Find help with your mental illness.

If a mental disorder is affecting you at home or at work, ask the doctor if it’s appropriate to seek treatment.

Find more information about mental health from your doctor’s website.