On Anxiety

On Anxiety

If you aren’t sleeping well, it’s worse.

If you aren’t exercising daily, it’s worse.

If you try to deal with it all by yourself, it’s worse.

If you aren’t telling anyone about how you feel (physically and mentally), it’s worse.

If you assume that it’s all situational and you should buck up, it’s worse.


If you avoid caffeine and nicotine, it can get better.

If you tire out your body with work and exercise, it can get better.

If you talk with your doctor, it can get better.

If you take medications, it can get better.

If you get proper sleep, it can get better.

If you talk with a counselor, therapist, social worker or psychologist, it can get better.

If you practice yoga, meditation or other healing therapies focused on relaxing your body and mind, it can get better.

If you explain to someone else about your heart racing or your stomach gurgling or your fears, no matter how ridiculous they sound, it can get better.

If you avoid situations that trigger your anxiety for a little while, it can help. But this is not a sustainable solution. The world is a random, beautiful place and when you practice avoidance, you make your world shrink until it’s smaller than a coffin. And you’ll still probably feel anxious.

Anxiety sucks. It’s a life-limiter. There will always be something to remind you that the world is a scary place. But anxiety isn’t a response to a cruel world or a capitalist society or the fast-paced modern era. Anxiety is a physical condition manifested in behavioral ways which can be treated so you can know peace.

To learn more, visit: http://www.adaa.org. And know you are not alone.


  • Carrie on Oct 11, 2011 Reply

    Completely agree with distraction as a coping device, Ela! Having someone with you who keeps talking or taking you places or giving you little jobs to do – without this during some of my worst anxious phases, I don’t know how I would have managed. And doing for others – sounds super corny, but it is a distraction, a way to put all that energy to use for good.

  • Ela on Oct 11, 2011 Reply

    Distraction. Distraction with words that are busy and need herding. Or doing something for someone else. Or I just discovered a fluffy, soft duster, held in my hand. Makes it a bit better.

  • Carrie on Oct 11, 2011 Reply

    If you marry someone who fails to acknowledge said hazards in aforementioned ways, you get conditioned to life being an insane asylum, and it can get better.

  • Lab Rat on Oct 11, 2011 Reply

    If you fail to acknowledge hazards through general carelessness, stupidity or a sense of invulnerability, it can get better.

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