By: Kaylee Tate and Isabella Doumitt
Anxiety is unwanted thoughts of worry and nervousness that can arrive from a certain event or come up naturally in big social settings. Everyday, we as humans struggle with loss and with the daily ups and downs of life. School and/or work can consume people’s lives for the worse and sometimes when we become so stressed we develop anxiety. When we feel anxious toward a certain event or outcome we feel like nothing can be done. In fact, there are many things that can be done to help us cope with our day to day fear or worry of how things may turn out. The first thing is simply counting slowly to ten and slowly taking deep breaths. This can help to calm you down and can give you a sense of relief just by breathing in and out. Another way to cope with anxiety is exercise. No matter your size, exercise is beneficial to everyone and can increase your mood. Along with any other physical activities, exercise produces endorphins which act as natural painkillers, which in turn can reduce stress. One final way to cope with anxiety is to learn more about yourself and figure out what truly makes you anxious. Journal your feelings so that they won’t stay wound up in your head. Along with talking to a close friend or family member, you can talk to a therapist who can help change your unwanted thoughts.
I interviewed Isabella Doumitt about her personal experience with anxiety:
1. What does it feel like to have anxiety?
Isabella: Having anxiety feels like a constant burden and worry that remains in the back of my mind. It’s like being paranoid about irrational fears and worries. General Anxiety Disorder feels like you’re in danger or that something bad is going to happen even if you’re perfectly safe. Social Anxiety feels like everyone is constantly judging you, and focusing in on only you. It makes you fear humiliation.
What are some ways you cope with your anxiety on a daily basis?
Isabella : Breathing exercises help a lot but I don’t always feel comfortable doing it in public places. It is important to try and constantly think as positively as possible. Also remember that your worries are irrational and are not likely to happen. Another way to reduce anxiety is physical exercise such as running or yoga.
God tells us that we don’t have to worry and that if we put our trust in him, he will sustain us. Going through rough experiences in life, it’s hard to believe that God still has a hand on your life. From personal experiences I myself have struggled to believe that God really has a hold on my life. I have wondered if God has even heard my literal cries to him, but now, through reading scripture and listening and praying to him, I have faith that he will not let me stumble. Psalm 55:22 (The Message) says, “Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders, he’ll help you out. He’ll never let good people topple into ruin.” With this verse in mind we can be assured that God is all-knowing and will always keep us safe.