What is anxiety?
Anxiety is a normal part of everyday for most people, however for some people (about 1 in 6 young people according to anxietyuk.org.uk) it can make day-to-day life seem terrifying. This is different for each person, including physical, psychological and behavioural symptoms.
Some common symptoms of anxiety are increased heart rate, dizziness, difficulty breathing, altered perceptions of the world, feeling ‘on edge’, thinking you might die although there are many more.
What Qualifies Me To Talk About Anxiety?
I’ve struggled with anxiety for many years now and have been taking medication to help for around 18 months. Starting taking the medication was an incredibly difficult time for many reasons, but ultimately it really helps me to cope. Fun fact, around the time of starting my medication I got into fights with my then flatmates because they would look through the bins (weird, I know. Apparently they were checking we were recycling?) and I was insanely paranoid about them finding the empty packets. Yet here I am admitting to the medication on the internet. That’s progress, right? … Right?
For me, the main symptom is anxiety attacks which manifest as extreme itchiness. Which is usually painfully obvious to people I’m with and results in lots of people either pointing out that I’m covered in scratches/blotches or asking why. This was the thing that pushed me to see a Doctor in the end.
My Favourite Coping Mechanisms
1) The Frida App
One thing that always helps my anxiety is talking it out with others. Sometimes it’s nice to have somebody to tell you there’s nothing to worry about and give advice. But I never want to ‘bother’ people around me by talking to them all the time.
This is what drew me to the app ‘Frida’. It is a platform for women to anonymously support`eachother and talk with eachother. I’ve been using this app for about a month and have so far talked with lots of lovely ladies.
If you want to join me on Frida, search Frida in the app store or click here.