If you live with the challenges of anxiety or panic attacks, there are ways you can transform it into opportunity. Strategies are like turning lemons into lemonade. What you start with is sour, but what you end up with is sweet!
These tips can assist you in dealing with anxiety positively. They can even support you by providing new outlets and thus reduce the excess energy.
Here are a few techniques to help you transform your anxiety into opportunity:
- Re-focus your excess energy. Take the excessive energy that comes with anxiety and its moods and focus it on something constructive. For example, you have been putting off household chores, such as cleaning closets. Putting your energy into projects will enable you to get it done in record time!
- Write about your challenges with anxiety. Write about everything you’re experiencing. What you have written might surprise you. By sharing it with others can benefit you as well or using it to help in the future when you’re overly anxious.
- We all have said that we’re going to start an exercise program, but have we? Probably not. However, your anxious energy can be the force that propels you to start your new exercise routine. The endorphins your body releases can actually stop an anxiety attack.
- Even if you don’t have the voice of an angel breathing in and out, it is a natural way to heal panic attacks.
- Help others. Focus on helping others; you can take your mind off your worries, give you a different perspective on life, and bring you satisfaction.
- Do something about your worries. For example, if you worry about the environment, you can start a recycling center or hold green meetings in your home to discuss ways you can reduce your carbon footprint.
These are just a few of the ways you can transform your anxiety into opportunity. You can reduce your anxiety by focusing that excess energy on positive habits while also making a difference in yourself and the world.
Is your depression worse in the morning? Do you think, ‘why can’t I just get out of bed?”
The thought of getting up and facing a whole new day can be paralyzing. I used to chalk it up to depression and tell myself to get up anyway, fast, like ripping off a bandaid. Except that doesn’t always work, and it isn’t ‘just’ depression.
It’s like waking up every day and realizing I still haven’t fixed the problem. It is easy to get down on myself, but what’s really going on? Depression and anxiety are different for every person, but there is one struggle they all share. No one understands what we are going through!
The challenges of living with depression and anxiety can be daunting, but we all have the power to overcome them.
Anxiety screams, “you have to get up and do things, or you’ll fail in life.”
Depression is the other side telling you, “it doesn’t matter anyway, and you should stay in bed all day.”
Anxiety says, “what if you don’t go and people will get upset, or if you do go, what if something sends you into panic mode?”
Depression says, “don’t go, you don’t have enough energy and don’t feel like socializing anyway.”
With depression, you are lonely, but afraid of people. You are torn between the fear, despair, emptiness and soul-rendering apathy, all at once. The worse part is both sides are telling you no one else cares or needs to know.
Anxiety tells you, “I’m fine, completely functional and capable of finishing all the tasks, while in reality, I’m completely vulnerable and drowning in shame.
Depression is one side of your brain, begging you not to get out of bed. Meanwhile, the other part barks like a military sergeant for not getting out of bed.
Anxiety is like living in a paradox; you feel both too much and nothing. You are completely exhausted, and high strung all at the same time.
One minute, your anxiety skyrockets, and the next, depression smacks you in the face. Anxiety and depression are like a never-ending rollercoaster where you can’t concentrate on anything, and then you are completely exhausted.
The voices in your head never stop screaming at you; it drains the life out of you – struggles between giving up on everything, and knowing that nothing gained by giving up.
Depression is like spending every moment feeling horrible and so low, making it hard to face the day. With anxiety, you are in a constant state of panic. Depression gives you the feeling of being stuck with the inability to move forward.
It is absolutely exhausting keeping your mental illness a secret. You wear an invisible mask with such care so that it doesn’t break and expose your ‘true’ self.
Waking up with anxiety is both demoralizing and debilitating. The thought of going to work is overwhelming and feels impossible. Depression and anxiety are a tug of war, creating a vicious cycle that leads to no longer participating in life.
Depression and anxiety lead to separation from others, giving you feelings of isolation, frustration and failure. Your feelings slowly dissolve into worthlessness and failure envelopes.
No matter what I accomplish, it will never be good enough for my inner critic. You pull away and isolate yourself from everyone; there is just emptiness. It is like covering your face with an invisible mask.
You have to show other people, “I’m fine, completely functional and capable of finishing all the tasks while the reality is that I’m completely a vulnerable person.
Entrepreneurs & Their Mental Health
The definition of Entrepreneurship is the occupational choice of individuals to work for themselves; however, it is also looked upon as the most stressful career choice. Before making it “big,” many entrepreneurs struggled through moments of near-debilitating anxiety and despair. Depression and other mood disorders can significantly undermine founder performance and contribute to issues such as burnout and the inability to “show up” for important meetings as well as poor decision making in general.
While many entrepreneurs are great at making things look good on the outside, what isn’t seen is the exhaustion, numbness and debilitating depression. Creativity, being innovative, goal attainment, and achievement motivation are the same traits that make someone an “amazing entrepreneur;” but are also linked with mental health challenges that test one’s ability to function well.
Anxiety can result in crippling fear making it difficult for entrepreneurs to run their business successfully. The result can be in the form of being quick to anger, indecisive, depressed, and prone to panic attacks. Intense and chronic anxiety can cause the impairment of decisions, loss of confidence, isolation and decreased physical health and poor lifestyle choices.