Navigating Anxiety: Understanding, Coping, and Thriving

Anxiety is that feeling of unease, worry and/or fear, ranging from mild, “I can totally handle this”, to severe, “I feel so out of my depth here”. Everyone deals with anxiety, but when it interferes with daily life over and over, it becomes a disorder. Dealing with anxiety can be challenging, scary and to be honest, overwhelming at times, but with the right tools and strategies, it can be managed effectively.

So what is Anxiety?
Anxiety disorders manifest themselves in various forms, including Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, and specific phobias. Each person's experience is unique, but common symptoms include restlessness, trouble concentrating, sleep issues, and feeling nervous, tense, or powerless.

Identifying what triggers your anxiety is often the first step towards managing it. Triggers could be specific events, situations, or even thoughts. Once you identify them, you can work towards changing your reaction towards them and/or learning coping mechanisms to deal with triggers when they arise.

Self-care is crucial when dealing with anxiety. Regular exercise, a balanced diet, and adequate sleep can significantly reduce anxiety symptoms. Easy when listing them, often hard to incorporate into your daily life.
Take it slow and try to add one new healthy practice a week:
•Go to sleep a little earlier
•Read before bed instead of watching TV
•Try natural remedies to help you sleep better like Valerian or Melatonin (always ask a doctor if this is safe for you based on the medications you are currently taking)
•Look online and try a new healthy recipe, try a gluten free, paleo or vegan recipe and be open minded to new taste combinations
•Incorporate mindfulness practices like meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises, they encourage you to stay present, rather than focusing solely on your anxious thoughts

If your anxiety feels unmanageable, seeking professional help is a fantastic next step towards managing your anxiety. Psychologists, psychiatrists, and therapists can provide different treatment approaches, including therapy, medication, or a combination of both.

Now more than ever, online therapy platforms and support groups offer access to mental health services that fit into your schedule and provide help immediately. They are a convenient, flexible, and way more affordable way to get help. Through our partnership with BetterHelp you are able to get 10% off your first month!

Managing anxiety takes time and patience. Remember that you are worthy of the time, money and resources required. Extend compassion towards yourself, continue to learn and grow and never stop searching for what works best for yourself in the present. It is healthy and normal to seek help to manage your anxiety and take care of your mental health. Everyone experiences anxiety differently, and what works for one person may not work for you.

You are not alone in this journey and we are so honored to be able to walk alongside you.

All the best-Team SG

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LOVE, LOVE, LOVE reading blogs again SG!!!!

I like the part where we are reminded that we are worthy of both the time and money that it requires to keep ourselves mentally healthy. Enough of the negative self talk that it is selfish to spend on yourself, never ever will I believe that again.

All of us are worthy of the time and money and energy that is needed for us to live a life that is more manageable and less anxiety-riddled. We can make progress. We ARE making progress. Together all things are possible.