Hypersonic beating heart, an apocryphal internal trembling body, perspiring hands and feet, impetuous thoughts, what do all these things have in common? They are the traits of my anxiety. I constantly endure them. One may suggest that over time you get acclimated to the feelings of solicitude. Obtaining the ability to do so, however, has not arisen. Assimilating into the general population of my surroundings I do not do very well. I remain and linger within my residence majority of the time. Pacing the floor due to my severe ADHD mixed with Bipolar disorder. I feel the need to undertake a task, but my anxiety and depression from my Bipolar disorder prevent me from following through while the ADHD forces me to keep moving. I do not have many good days, as the majority are bad. How do I cope with these sensations and bad days you may inquire?
- Journaling – Release your thoughts. This is your chance to be honest with yourself. Your deepest darkest fears, thoughts, sins, faults, failures, and accomplishments can be written down. When I journal I leave no stone unturned. It’s my chance to release everything off my chest.
- Deep Breathing – I don’t use all the timed deep breathing techniques that therapists may give you. I breathe in through my mouth, when I feel my lungs are full I suck in even more air, and slowly release the air out my nostrils. This relaxes every muscle in my body and relaxes my mind for at least a few seconds to minutes. Every little bit helps.
- Reading – Takes my minds to another world whether its fiction or non-fiction I am unable to keep my mind both on the anxieties and the book. So my mind chooses the task at hand, usually the book.
- Music – Whether listening, singing, or playing music is a great way to get your mind off of whatever negative thoughts are in your mind or feelings in your body. Music gets in your blood and you can feel it throughout your body and soul.
- Acceptance – Accept that you’re anxious, that its okay, and that eventually the negative thoughts will pass.
- Positive Self Talk – Constantly tell yourself positive things when the intrusive thoughts come to help soften the anxiety.
- Thought Replacement – When negative thoughts come, make a list of things to do or think, and go through the list every time that thought comes, and eventually your mind will go to a topic or thought on your list. This worked for me and suicidal thoughts. I made a list and the first thing on my list was to sing “Barbara Ann” by the Beach Boys and now every time I suicidal thought comes into my head I end up singing “Barbara Ann”.
- Reach Out – Your family and friends care, they will sit down and help you through. Just remember to help them through their tough times too.