Anxiety is something that everyone deals with at some point in their life. Some experience this emotion and physical feeling more than others. This is where it becomes diagnosed as a mental disorder in which a person’s body might have low serotonin levels (an important neurotransmitter in the brain), or even dealing with a form of emotional trauma. There are many reasons and theories on how someone develops this disorder, and though they don’t know a lot about anxiety, they have come up with numerous medications to treat this issue.
This brings us to the question of; “How can I help others who struggle with this disorder while helping myself?” There are various ways that this can be done, but personally, I have narrowed it down to a few effective ways. Meditation; take time out of your day to relax, take a breather, and if you have time, do some stretches or yoga. A stress ball; though it may sound dumb, I have created a stress ball that has essential oils infused in it, this can help relieve stress naturally using calming aromas. And talking to someone; many people don’t want to talk to a psychologist because they feel embarrassed, but talking to someone you trust can really help. How does meditation help relieve stress and anxiety? Take into consideration that during a panic attack, the person can feel short of breath or experience heart palpitations. Feeling weak and numb in the limbs is the body’s way of going into sudden fight or flight mode. The feeling of intense fear and panic can really send someone to the thought that they are going to have a heart attack or stroke.
Meditation can help this because it relaxes the body from the stress and muscle tension that is often inflicted on the body during a panic attack. Within a few minutes of a simple breathing exercise or stretches, you can calm yourself down drastically from what you were during the attack. During a panic attack, the person can experience heart palpitations, which causes them to feel their rapid heart rate. The breathing exercise can slow down the racing heart and get the person through the attack. The stress ball method has been out for a while, and you can buy them in stores and even make them at home.
There are many methods on how to make them such as using a balloon and cornstarch, or a balloon and homemade goo. Although this can work effectively, I have thought of another way to use stress balls to relieve anxiety. The idea came across that essential oil infused stress balls can work even better than just regular stress balls. When you squeeze it, the aroma of peppermint and lavender will secrete from the ball and calm you down. After doing research on essential oils and using them personally, I have found that both peppermint and lavender are known as relaxation oils because of their calming scent.
This could greatly help someone who struggles with an anxiety disorder because it is small, portable, and can easily be taken anywhere. Even better, it is a lot cheaper than going out and purchasing a regular old stress ball. Many people have corn starch in their houses, so really you are only having to purchase balloons and two small vials of essential oils. Lastly, I believe that talking to someone about how you feel really helps.
A lot of people don’t like talking to a psychologist because it makes them uncomfortable or even embarrassed that they even need to go and talk to someone about their problems. But it is more effective than bottling up your feelings and thoughts in your head. I personally can say that it really helps to talk to someone who doesn’t have a biased opinion because I go to a psychiatrist to monitor my medications and health, but I go to a psychologist to talk to her about what is going on inside my head. I can tell her everything and not feel judged. And that is what many people are afraid of. Stephanie John is my psychologist, and upon interviewing and talking to her, we have come to the conclusion that many people (including myself) who struggle with anxiety disorders, often have other forms of anxiety as well such as PTSD, OCD, and PD. I struggle with a Panic disorder, and minor PTSD from past childhood trauma. Talking to her has truly helped me move past what I experienced as a child and it’s like I’ve set myself free from those events.
Many others struggle with this as well and if they would just give it a chance, it could truly change their life. Stephanie John has many people that go to her and each of them have different disorders and issues in their lives. Her goal is to listen to what they have to say, and answer with a non-biased way of helping them and pushing them to think more positive. She will give small “homework” assignments to them which are small questions that they will ponder on until the next time they come back to answer her question. For example, she will ask, “Pick a day; any day, think about what that day was meant to be. What would your day be like?” You pick a date, and let your imagination roam. Everyone has different answers, and it becomes a way for them to make their life what they want.
Lastly, I think that people who don’t struggle with anxiety should take into consideration that those who do aren’t just doing it for the attention, because that could be their way of screaming for help. There are people who claim to have anxiety and don’t, but not everyone is like that. You can tell if someone truly struggles with anxiety by their demeanor and actions. So listen to what they have to say, and do your best to help them.
I believe that the teen suicide rate is as high as it is because they feel like they don’t have anyone to talk to or that no one has heard their cries for help. It’s time to make a change, and if I can save someone just as I was saved, then so be it. Anxiety Disorder is a real thing, and if I could overcome it, anyone can.