Mental Illness Support359
If you're living with a mental illness of any kind whether it be Bi-Polar, Depression, PTSD, Dyslexia, or even if you're like me and have anxiety it can get really sometimes, obviously some mental illnesses aren't as serious as others but I'd like to take this time to share some stories (good or bad) that have happened to you guys.
It can be a real pain to live with and its frustrating when people don't understand. For those who don't know I have anxiety and I suffered depression but I would rather not go into that.
So I guess this is a support thread or something I'm not sure. Ask advice on here or stuff like that feel free to say whatever you want that isn't insults or abuse
for anxiety attacks:
- get outside and take a walk
- watch a show you enjoy, distract yourself in ways that are healthy
- avoid any triggers and limit your social media. if you know you have trigger words, mute them and avoid profiles that will use them. surround yourself with people who understand your triggers and make efforts to avoid them
- write down your thoughts/fears, and find a reason for them (THIS IS SO IMPORTANT)
- once you write them down, look at them. challenge your thoughts. question them. look for answers behind your fears and really pick them apart. is what im feeling rational? is it a true fear or mine, or is it the result of something else going on in my life? is this fear helpful, is it meant to protect me? finding out if a fear is rational is important, because there are fears that are healthy. recognizing when a fear is engulfing your life and becoming unhealthy is the first step to overcoming it
for panic attacks:
- grab something cold. pour cold water on your face, hold an ice cube, put a cold rag on your head, etc
- hold black pepper to your nose and smell it
- use the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 technique
- look for all the blue things in a room
- get up and jump up and down or jog in place. this can not only lessen anxiety but prevent internal shaking by using pent up adrenaline from fight or flight response (which prepares you to run from danger)
- bite into something strong tasting, like a lemon
- have someone ask you questions about your favorite things
- pull up breathing techniques and guides online, there are several gifs that can help guide your breathing
- allow yourself to feel the panic. trying to ignore it will only make it worse. feel it, welcome it, and know that it will not hurt you. it is there to protect you,
i hope this helps, love u medha <3
idk the science behind it, but it's genuinely one of the most useful things you can do + you can just do it right there and no one will notice.
a lot of times panic attacks will make people feel lightheaded or dizzy because they are hyperventilating without realizing it. deep breathing allows for proper oxygen exchange, it also regulates heart rate and blood pressure; the reason why it works so well for panic and anxiety is because deep, diaphragmatic breathing triggers the parasympathetic nervous system responsible for relaxation
the more u know!