NOT many people understand how debilitating having anxiety can be, especially when it's written off as a woman just being moody, having issues with PMS, or just being unable to cope with her emotions. And so for a long time many women have dealt with this issue in silence, continually being anxious, unsettled and unhappy, for however long the period of anxiety lasts.
What has been good about this new culture of sharing everything, opening up, and doing therapy, is that more people are coming forward to describe their experience with issues like anxiety, which are not necessarily considered serious in medical circles. And the suggestions for improving one's life have been many â€” from therapy to medication, a solution is available.
Atlanta-based mental health counsellor Angela Dacres said dealing with anxiety can be challenging, but there are strategies that can help. Here are some tips she noted, specifically for women:
Prioritise self-care activities like exercise, healthy eating, adequate sleep and relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or meditation.
Build a strong support network of friends, family, or support groups. Sharing your feelings and experiences with others who understand can provide comfort and reassurance.
Organise your schedule and prioritise tasks. Breaking larger tasks into smaller, manageable steps can reduce feelings of overwhelm and anxiety.
Set clear boundaries in your personal and professional life. Learn to say no to additional commitments when you're feeling overwhelmed.
Practice mindfulness to stay present and focus on the present moment. Techniques like grounding exercises or keeping a gratitude journal can help redirect your thoughts.
Seek professional help
If anxiety persists or becomes unmanageable, consider seeking help from a mental health professional. They can provide guidance, therapy, or medication if necessary.
Everyone's experience with anxiety is unique, so it's essential to find coping strategies that work best for you, Dacres said.