Accepting Your Condition
Usually when people see that they are not alone it brings them peace, and they can more easily accept that they have anxiety issues. But remember that self-diagnosis is not recommended, and if you think you may suffer from anxiety, stress or any other condition you should visit your doctor.
Get Used To It
It may sound strange, but it is important – get used to your condition. This doesn’t mean stop fighting it, but you can find peace with the thought, “Yes, I suffer from anxiety and there is nothing wrong with that.”
Talk! Talk! Talk!
This is a significant part of your overall treatment – talk about your condition. If you have got all the information that you need about anxiety – you will know your problem in depth and be able to better explain to friends and family what is happening to you.
Start talking with your friends about your anxiety – do not avoid the problem and say that you are OK every time someone asks you. Be honest – explain with simple words to your friends and family that lately you are more stressed and this has reflected to your health. Explain how you feel during a panic attack and what techniques you use to cope with it. You will be surprised how many of your friends have experienced panic attack at least one time in their life.
And ask for help if you need help! Let’s be honest – everyone at some point in his or her life will need help. And there is nothing wrong in that. Your family and friends love you and will do anything for you. If you experience frequent panic attacks give direction to those closest to you about how they can help you. This way you are helping not only yourself but them too – no one wants to see a loved one suffer.
Be Proud of Small Victories!
Don’t share only your worst moments and fears, share your victories, too! If you have managed to go through a week without panic, share that with your friends. If you managed your last panic attack well, talk about that. This way you will be able to make them not only a part of your problem but also a part of your recovery.