I've been a little anxious about not posting anything since my last post on anxiety. Ironic, right? I moved last week and it's been difficult to focus on much else. My thoughts drift to boxes to be unpacked, corners to organize, and furniture to buy. Craigslist can be really distracting! Truth be told, I'm resisting the urge to check it now for a dresser or storage cabinet.
And then I remember to breathe. I remember to appreciate my new surroundings and trust that things will get done in time. Everything doesn't have to look perfect tomorrow (even if I really want it to). I calm down and tell myself that my blog post can wait. It's my anxiety about it that's paralyzing, so taking care of it is important to get on with my life.
So what else can be done to overcome anxiety and get on with living?
I'm not going to reinvent the wheel here. There are some great articles out there on self treatment of anxiety. One comes from PsychCentral and includes tips such as: tackle distorted thoughts, trust yourself, and distinguish fact from fiction. To read the full article, click here.
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) has a helpful list of tips here.
If you find that you can't manage anxiety on your own, let friends or family know what's going on and/or talk to a therapist for professional help.