20 Things I’ve Learned from Having Anxiety
- I need more sleep than normal to function.
- Even though I love coffee, caffeine will make me extra jittery and produce anxiety.
- Decompression after a busy weekend is important.
- Sometimes getting out of bed is difficult, but if I’ve gotten out of bed in the morning, I’m doing better off than some people.
- Anxiety is complicated. I don’t expect family and friends to understand exactly what I’m going through.
- I shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help if I feel overwhelmed.
- People don’t care if I don’t attend every social function because I had anxiety.
- Keep active! My idle mind can produce anxious thoughts if I’m still.
- Alcohol can temporarily relieve anxiety, but it’s not a permanent fix and will do more harm than good.
- Recognize thoughts that are negative, and counteract with positive thoughts.
- Most people aren’t bothered that I have anxiety, so I shouldn’t care about what they think.
- I shouldn’t to compare myself to others. Nothing good comes from comparing.
- Anxiety is like a headache. Nobody will know I’m in pain till I tell them.
- Thinking too far in advance and coming up with solutions to hypothetical problems are a waste of time.
- Maybe I’ll become “normal” again one day, but maybe not.
- I will have good days, and then I’ll have bad days. I’ve learned not to dwell on the bad days and let that ruin a good day.
- Having patience is crucial to managing stressful situations.
- Worrying unnecessarily won’t solve anything.
- Even thought I think negative thoughts, I don’t let those thoughts overwhelm me.
- I’ve learned to become ok with the person I’ve become.
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