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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Anxiety - How do you deal with it?

I've been going through a rough patch with my anxiety. Even more so since it feels like it's something that is really hard to talk. How do you explain that just asking for a cup of coffee today is making you feel like you want to jump out of your skin when the day before you were chatting it up with the waitress and asking about her nail polish

There are lots of ways to deal with it and there are all sorts of triggers for different people, crowds is a big. It's always great to find someone else who understands what you're feeling. It feels even better when you realize even the famous deal with those same issues. I saw Wil Weaton's blog today --
How do I deal with anxiety where he answered the question for one of his fans. 

If you don't remember, Wil Weaton started off as Wesley on Star Trek: the Next Generation. You might not know that he is still very involved in different in the industry and also many conventions for sci-fi, comic book and other fans. His answer was very honest and upfront: 

. The first step for me is to recognize that anxiety is rising up, and then work to identify what’s causing it. (I realize that, for some people, doing just that can cause the anxiety to increase into a feedback loop, so maybe meds are a better first step until the anxiety gets under control). If I’m able to identify the cause (maybe it’s upcoming travel, or a deadline, or I have to deal with a personal thing that I’d rather not deal with) I work to separate RATIONAL thoughts from IRRATIONAL thoughts. This is a real challenge, because the brain is responsible for that job, and when the brain is being controlled by anxiety or other mental health issues, it can be less than helpful. 

I find it great to see people talking about their own mental health issues, since it is so hard to talk about. I've tried hiding it and have heard, just snap out of, I hope mental health will stop be a taboo subject as more and more people are willing to talk and share their experiences.

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