WHAT TO DO AFTER AN ANXIETY ATTACK:
Most of us have had anxiety attacks at least once in our life. They occur when we are at our weakest points in life. For me, they happen when I fear about my future, especially my career.
I have had my ups and downs with trying to figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life. So far I have changed my major 12 times and still have no clue what I want to do. Is it scary? Heck yes. Will I figure it out soon? Honestly, I have no clue. Will there be more? Probably. Will you give up? Never.
IS IT GOOD TO HAVE ANXIETY ATTACKS?
It may not seem like it at first, but I think anxiety attacks help me to grow as a person and make us re-evaluate my life.
By this I mean-
- The people who are causing stress in my life
- What am I doing to cause stress in my life?
- The problems I have tried to avoid
- What I am doing wrong and the reasons why I can’t reach my goals
**I highly recommend going through this list and asking yourself these questions. **
So, here are some of my tips for what to do after an anxiety attack.
*** I AM NOT A HEALTH PROFESSIONAL, THIS IS JUST WHAT I DO TO HELP MYSELF ***
NOTE: It is OKAY to have breakdowns! CRY IT OUT! Do not bottle up your emotions or try to avoid your feelings and fears. It will only lead to an even bigger breakdown and sometimes those can be detrimental.
TAKE SOME ME TIME
One of the main causes for my attacks is because I am not taking proper care of myself. I keep putting other things forward and my mental and physical self last.
One of my favorite things to do is to take a nice, warm, candle lit bath. I love having the sweet smell of my vanilla bubbles and Mahogany Teakwood candle burning, all while listening to spa music. It sounds cheesy but it really does help to relax not only your body but your mind.
Another thing I really love to do is a face mask. I try to find the most soothing and hydrating mask to ensure I am revamping my skin. I feel accomplished when I am taking care of myself on the outside too.
WRITE IT OUT
My last tip for relaxing is to write your feelings down. Now I don’t mean take a journal and slowly write your feelings in pretty little bubbled handwriting. NO! Take a notebook or piece of paper and just scribble down words or sentences that come into your head. Do not have a structure to it because no one else will read it except for you. Make it messy! It not only gets some anger out but it also helps to show how your mind is working as well.
2. FIGURE OUT WHAT IS CAUSING STRESS
After you have finished relaxing, it is time to start evaluating. What was the last straw until you had the anxiety attack? Was it a bad grade on a test? Boss yelling at you? Spilling milk? Whatever the reason, write it down and evaluate why that caused your breakdown.
Next, move over to the bigger reason. Did you not get the job? Are people disappointed in you? Are you not doing good in school? Again, evaluate the main reason that comes to mind.
CONFRONT THE PROBLEM
This next step is hard, but confront your problem. For me, my problem was fearing for the future of my career. I had no clue or plan for this aspect of my life and that led me to an anxiety attack. So, after completing step one, I decided to confront the problem. I knew this was the main cause, so I went to a guidance counselor and got help.
I told her what I liked and what I am interested in and she helped me figure out a plan. Even though I am still figuring out my career, at least I have some type of plan to help me along the way.
Some other examples:
You got a bad grade on a test? Go to a tutor.
People are disappointed in you? Learn to ignore them.
Something traumatic happened recently in your life? I am so sorry if this is you and I hope you are doing okay. For this, I highly recommend therapy. It gives you a third party outlook on your life and they can give you different mechanisms to cope with the trauma that has happened.
One BIG tip I have to give is DO NOT AVOID THE PROBLEM just because it caused your anxiety attack. It will only get worse as time goes on and if you don’t confront it now, it will be 100x harder to get over it later.
3. UNDERSTAND THAT EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY
It may seem like everything is falling to pieces, but trust me it’s not. Sometimes even after doing the previous steps, I still feel anxious and worried. It takes so much energy for me to tell myself I will be okay. Things may not have gone as planned, or relationships may have ended unexpectedly, but in the end everything will be fine.
READ SOMETHING INSPIRING
Something that I like to do if my mind is still going in circles is to read something of value. For instance, I usually read my bible, an inspiring book, or an Instagram post from someone I admire. These things help me calm down because it reminds me that I am not the only one struggling. It grounds me and makes me say to myself, I am doing okay and everything will be okay.
I really hope this helps you if you ever find yourself in another breakdown cycle. Even for me it’s hard to try and do these steps, but they do help tremendously.
I would also love if you could comment down below anything that helps you calm down and recenter your mind.
Love you all,
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