Anxiety is a hard thing to live with. When it hits you, it doesn’t go away and it’s not something you can easily ignore. Sometimes, it gets so bad that you feel like you’re paralyzed and there’s absolutely nothing you can do. For some, myself included, anxiety and depression, and/or other mental illnesses go hand-in-hand. Over the course of the past four years, my anxiety has steadily gotten worse due to the increase in the amount of things that stress me out in my life, while my tactics in dealing with it have greatly increased in number, as I don’t take any medicine. Because anxiety is very common and very real, I recruited some people in sharing their tips as well. Have a read! (P.S. Thank you Delaney, Bryce, Amy, and Phoebe for sharing their tips with me).
Try to avoid all things that cause anxiety. For me, it’s coffee, stress, and lack of sleep. I can rarely avoid being stressed with insomnia and bad cases of procrastination - so I live with a constant flow of some kind of unavoidable anxiety. In these circumstances, I try to plan things out and convince myself everything will be okay. Sometimes it works, other times I’m left shaking and crying. It’s important to take that opportunity to tell someone who genuinely cares about you and your wellbeing, because sometimes releasing the emotions you bottle up out relieves a great weight off your chest. If all else fails, talk to your parents and doctor about going to see a therapist/psychiatrist (thanks Larissa!) or getting some medication. Finally, do not be afraid of getting help, whether that’s through medicine, or your parents, or your friends. Mental diseases and disorders is a severe issue that is consistently overlooked in all age groups and races. Some tend to believe that just because we are young, we are always energetic and happy. You and I both know that’s not case, and it’ll take a lot of fighting to get to a point where people can understand – but it’ll take your voice, your story, and your fight to achieve it.
If you have a story you want to tell about your experience(s) with anxiety, feel free to email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you yourself have any tips, leave them in a comments below.
Thakur is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of The Millennial Times.
Special thanks to Phoebe Roseblade, Bryce Tapp, Amy Vaughn, and Delaney Manuel.