11 thoughts on “When Anxiety Attacks!”

    1. Leighann

      That’s such a great way to combat anxiety! I agree – having something funny to keep your mind off of racing thoughts is so helpful during stressful or anxious moments. Thanks for sharing, Merissa!

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    This happens to me! I like to write when I feel like this. I keep a journal. It’s usually a pretty quick fix. Or I talk out loud to myself or go sit with my dogs! One other thing I remind myself to do is just breathe. Breathe very deeply, in and out, exhaling longer than inhaling. It helps!

    1. Leighann

      Hey Carlie! Yes, those are great strategies for coping with anxiety – I love the cuddling with the pups suggestion! It’s proven that animals, especially dogs, are great therapy for people with anxiety and even depression. And yes, I wholeheartedly agree with taking the time to just breathe. It really does help regulate our bodies and minds when in any kind of crisis. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    Stop and ask yourself why you’re feeling anxious and what you can do to change it. Identifying the anxiety can sometimes help alleviate it. If I’m worried about forgetting something then I make sure to write it down. Sometimes just writing down my feelings of anxiety to “save for later” helps. If I get anxious at work I’ll do this and tell myself I can resume being anxious when I get home.

    1. Leighann

      Chloe, you are SO right! I also find that when I start to feel anxious about potentially missing deadlines or forgetting about upcoming events, writing it down is the only way. It can take so much of that unnecessary stress off and prevent full blown panic attacks/general anxiety. Pro-tip: if you have a smartphone, I find setting reminders/alarms to be tremendously helpful as well – thanks so much for sharing!

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    Hi Leighann, First, let me just say you’re a beautiful writer! I love your site. It’s actually very comforting to know a fellow blogger suffers from anxiety, not that I would ever wish this on anyone. I was diagnosed in 2004 with GAD and a couple years ago it escalated into panic attacks nearly every day. Needless to say, I left my old profession and just recently got back into a project, my blog, and I love it. Writing and photography help me so much! I’ve also learned some other tricks along the way. I like hot lavender baths, watching the Disney channel, heating pad on my left side, TENS, deep breathing, and going for a walk along the water, among other things. Like I said, I wouldn’t wish this disorder on anyone! It’s horrible. I’m just so happy to feel like I have it under control again and I pray it lasts. Keep it up, girl. You are truly talented! 🙂

    1. Leighann

      Wow, thank you so much, Tonia – that truly means a lot to me. I am so glad that this was something you felt you could relate to – and thank you so much for sharing your own struggle with me. I am so happy to hear that it has been under control lately, and pray that it remains so for you. Those tips are great, as well – I definitely hear you on the Disney Channel one (I love watching cartoons, personally – helps me relax and calm my anxious thoughts) and also about going by the water. That reminds me, I should probably plan a trip out into nature sometime soon! Thanks for sharing your blog as well – so glad that it has been a positive outlet for you and I look forward to reading more of your work 🙂

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    I’ve been experiencing my share of anxiety lately. Everything you wrote about is absolutely true and helpful. I also noticed that breathing deeply for about 10 minutes or less also really helps. At least it helped me the other day 😀 Thanks for always writing so beautifully.

    1. Leighann

      Oh, Kio! I’ve been praying for you my friend. I hope you cling closely to the Lord and know that you have a prayer warrior in California! So glad that deep breathing has helped you, even if only momentarily – and thank you so much for reading. Hope you’re having some good adventures abroad and meeting some cool peeps!

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