Does a meeting announcement stress you out? Do you freak out when you see your boss’ number flashing on your phone? Or is your mother/spouse constantly worried about things?
Everyone occasionally experiences worry. However, if you experience constant worry or fear about everyday situations, you may suffer from anxiety.
As we dive deep into the issue, it is most important to understand that anxiety is not a problem that needs a quick fix. Small changes can make your life easier. The first and most obvious symptoms of anxiety are constant feelings of stress, fatigue, and fear.
Before you say, “Not me.” Think again.
Many people ignore it, assuming that they—or their loved ones—just worry too much. According to a study conducted in 2020 on 10,000 individuals,, by a Delhi-based mental health service platform, The Center of Healing (TCOH), 88 percent of Indians reported anxiety.
However, Indian society’s perspective on mental health hasn’t changed much in a very long time. Many Indians aren’t even aware that they might be dealing with mental health problems. Even if they do, there is a stigma attached to it and talking about it is still looked down upon.
Anxiety might seem trifling at first, but if not addressed at the right time, it can render one incapable of even the smallest routine chores and, over a long period of time, affect your body too.
To overcome this, first and foremost, we need to acknowledge and accept our feelings. Do not lie to yourself or run away from your feelings. Acceptance is the toughest step of all, but, once we done, half the battle is won.
Understand the triggers. Is it a person or a situation? Once, identified, do not try to run away from them. Rather face them. You will feel weak in your knees and your heart might race the first time you try doing it, but do it once and the second time you would see your anxiety reducing and over a period of time you would conquer all the monsters using this technique.
Not ready to face your fears yet? No issues. Take your time. You can try techniques like breath work, or counting backwards, which can reduce anxiety and improve cognition. This will keep you in a calmer, more focused state. You will be able to think more clearly and make better, more thoughtful decisions rather than relying on the parts of our brains that view anxiety as a threat.
Most importantly, we must begin having open discussions in our own homes or with our friends. Forget about “log kya kahenge.” Be honest with others, and express your worries and problems. The right people will come to support you and the wrong ones will leave. No one should have to suffer alone; building a support system is essential and necessary.
And finally, know that you are not alone if you are battling your own invisible demons right now. You are strong. You are going to be ok.
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Looking forward to hearing from you.