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We all have things we struggle in our day to day lives. This is especially true when you are living with anxiety. Anxiety can be managed to a point but you have to know what your triggers are and try to avoid them.
Life is hard enough as it is, having a mental illness like anxiety just adds to the everyday stress of things. I know personally, I do not like large crowds. My husband doesn't like to leave the house much at all anymore. He says it's too “peopley” outside.
When people think of a mental illness they think of illnesses such as Bipolar. Anxiety is actually the most common form of a mental illness. 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year are dealing with anxiety on a regular basis.
Do you know what the signs of anxiety are? There are actually over 100 of them! The most common are:
- Numbness and tingling
- Chest pain
- Neck tension
- Stomach upset, nervous stomach
- Pulsing in the ear
- Burning skin
- Fear of impending doom
- Shortness of breath
- Electric shock feeling
- Shooting pains in the face
- Heart palpitations
- Weakness in legs
- Feeling like you are going crazy
- Inability to rest
- Sleep problems
Living with anxiety can be done effectively and you can function every day.
While my husband and I both suffer from a lot of medical conditions and both have anxiety, we do have a fun filled rich life. It's all about taking into account what your triggers are and make alternatives that you can do in your plans if you start to get anxious.
For example, we don't drive so we have to rely on public transportation everywhere. We know that after a certain point, we just need to get home to decompress. One thing we agree upon before even leaving the house is that we will take the bus to where we are going. However, when it's time to go home, we will take an Uber. Uber is our savior! It's easier for my husband to force himself to go when he knows that it will not take forever to get back home.
Triggers are a big part of anxiety and they are different for everyone. They can be the same, but also different. A good resource for learning to live with anxiety is The Anxiety Pocket eBook.
“The Anxiety Pocket eWorkbook is a digital, printable mental health resource that teaches practical strategies to help with mild to moderate levels of anxiety. The Anxiety Pocket eWorkbook shares practical tips, strategies, scripts, and worksheets on the topics of mindfulness, organization, grounding, visualization, and self-care.” Living with anxiety is all about learning what your triggers are, and your boundaries.