I study mental health, and I also suffer from anxiety. Many people in my life are also dealing with this condition, and it’s inspired me to pursue a Master of Social work with a concentration in Clinical Studies.
For me, anxiety is like an overpowering feeling of worry and fear that attacks my mind and body. Once that sensation takes over, it consumes me. It’s so easy to get triggered from the things that take over our minds such as bills, children, work, and school.
Over the years, I have found some ways that help reduce my anxiety.
Here are 4 ways I deal with anxiety as a clinical studies student:
Remember to take a deep breath when you breath to help your body relax. When you breath, you let go of built up tension. Make sure you sit down, take three deep breaths and exhale. You will feel your body loosen up.
2.) Plan Ahead.
Sometimes, we can’t always plan ahead, but we can try to be a little prepared. Any small thing helps—even putting important documents, like a birth certificate or title for your car, away in a file cabinet for safekeeping.
To catch yourself in a financial crisis, putting money aside can really help. Financial advisers recommend saving for three to six months for unexpected expenses. But because we live in an unstable economy, it is hard to put money away. To deal with this, I save money from my taxes, which helps a lot. I was in a tough spot when I needed to fix my car, but my savings really came through for me and helped calm my anxiety.
3.) Focus by Asking the 5 Ws: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How.
We can’t always plan ahead, but we can control how we handle the situation. When anger takes over, we sometimes lose the ability to understand the situation. We have to ask Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How to look at the bigger picture and not get caught up in the details.
4.) Write in a Journal.
Writing in a journal is the best way to get all your emotions out. When I feel worried, angry, or sad, I write. It helps me to jot down what I feel at that moment without feeling judged or discouraged.
I encourage you to seek a therapist to help you navigate your situation. There is nothing wrong with talking to a professional; they are there to help you with your situation. Remember it is ok that things do not go the way you want to— what matters is how you react to the situation.
Be well my friends!
Daushae is from Los Angeles, California. She is currently finishing her masters degree in Social Work. She wants to pursue her doctorate degree in Psychology. She is married with two children.