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I have been dying to write this post because this is something that I have been dealing with recently for the past two months. Slowly getting better every day and slowly going away every day. Anxiety has been trying to control my life for the past two months but now that I am more aware of when it starts and how I feel, it’s a lot easier for me to control. It always comes when I have a lot going on in my life and of course, I don’t think it’s a lot but when I tell other people they are like “girl that’s a lot”.
The first time I experienced anxiety I had to be about 17 and I didn’t know what was going on. I thought I was about to die because I couldn’t catch my breath, my heart was fluttering, and it just felt like any moment would be my last. I was in the middle of class my senior year and I ran to the nurse. She checked me, told me I was fine with a strong heart, and that I needed to calm down so I could stay with her for the rest of the day. Honestly, that was the last of it for that wave and I didn’t realize all the pressure on me of graduating high school, taking huge exams to determine my future, and choosing colleges.
My second time I experienced anxiety I had to be about 21 or 22 but this time it was stronger and that wave of anxiety lasted longer to be exact for a few months. I was again about to graduate college, needed to get into grad school and study for the stupid GMAT. All of that on your mind 24/7 your body will realize its stressed. On top of this, I was starting a new job and I remember clear as day thinking “I’m going to die” over and over for NO APPARENT REASON every morning for the first at least 3 weeks until I got into my groove and someone started talking to me to get my mind off of it.
This second wave of anxiety came with me being scared of being alone, not eating, serious panic attacks, chest pains, and chest tightness. Slowly but surely it went away but now this time, 4 years later this is the worse anxiety I have ever had to deal with. Of course, it starts with me about to graduate from grad school. Do you guys see a pattern here? Maybe just no more school for me, it’s taking my mental health out! Ha Ha but I guess this is when I am under pressure the most. This anxiety wave started with intense digestive problems, stomach pain, back pain, and much more.
Then it started with me getting light headed, dizzy, and out of breath from myself thinking that there was something wrong with me. Last but not least the crying spells! Even at work, I would have to lock myself in the bathroom and cry! I guess just to wait it out and calm myself down. Not to mention the times I would drive home and felt like I was being choked the whole time for my 1-hour commute from work, I know crazy right! Or the one time I had to pull over on the freeway because I was overthinking and felt as if I was going to pass out.
Talk About It
Talking about my anxiety has definitely helped me, keeping a journal, and writing post like these help me so much! I am truly grateful for my mother and supportive family/friends. Now I feel as if it is going away but every now and then I get little triggers that put me back into that anxious feeling. Then I remember what it is and I state my mantra “You are stronger than this” and a few minutes later I am fine.
Recognizing when my body is about to go into that state helps me so much when dealing with my anxiety. Hopefully, It won’t happen in another 4 years or in forever! Mental health is so important and I can’t wait to write more post like these because of course, it helps me too! I am going to list below symptoms that I have dealt with for anxiety and how I overcome anxiety.
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Symptoms that I’ve experienced dealing with Anxiety
- Chest Pain or Discomfort
- Shortness of Breath
- Heart Palpitations
- Back Pain
- Brain Fog
- Stomach Pain / Digestive Issues
How I overcome Anxiety
- Recognize the signs when you are starting to feel anxious
- Name your anxiety and call it by name saying to go home, imagine it walking out the door (I named mine Gertrude)
- Come up with your own mantra (My mantra is “You are stronger than this”)
- Smile, go ahead and make yourself laugh
- Stay positive at all times
- Keep a journal and write it down
- Rub some essential oils on your temples (Smelling this will instantly calm you down)