Wellness Wednesday: My Anxiety Story: Plus Some Coping Strategies by Blair Buchanan

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My Anxiety Story: Plus Some Coping Strategies

Hi DIMES! I’ve been pretty MIA in the blogging and social media world recently. I needed to take a break from it all because I’ve been dealing with debilitating anxiety.

I’m not writing this post to have a pity party for myself or to get people to feel sorry for me.

I’m writing this post to share my story so that people who are going through it too can see that they’re not alone. Realizing I’m not alone has really helped me throughout my journey with anxiety.

So, buckle up and get cozy because were getting real deep here.

Wellness Wednesday: My Anxiety Story: Plus Some Coping Strategies by Blair Buchanan

My Story

Those who know me well know that I’m pretty high strung and not very laid-back. I’ve been this way as long as I can remember.

I worry excessively about almost everything. I worry so much that I already have wrinkles on my forehead (at the young age of 21). To those around me, it may seem silly and unwarranted; like I worry more than I need to about certain things or that I create the worry when there is no reason to be worried in the first place.

I get really stressed out, overthink things and psych myself out all the time. But this had been my normal and left untreated my anxiety continued to worsen. Everyday tasks became a struggle for me. 

Then, the sleep paralysis started. It was not very often at first, but then it became an everyday thing. Almost every morning I’d have an episode.

If you’ve never experienced sleep paralysis before imagine waking up, but you can’t open your eyes, you can’t move your body, but you can hear everything around you and as you become more aware of this you begin to panic. 10-20 minutes you drift back into sleep. As you can imagine, it’s not a great way to start the day.

The worst part of it all is the panic attacks. An overwhelming feeling of fear combined with physical symptoms like sweating, heart racing, muscle tension, shaking and heavy/quick breathing all create the perfect storm. It feels like you’re no longer in control of your body or mind. I actually ended up in the hospital on one occasion.

It took me hitting rock-bottom to realize that I had lost control of myself. So, I’m sharing my story in hopes that I can reach someone before they hit rock-bottom too. 

I thought I was alone in my struggles and that no one else could possibly be dealing with this or feeling the way I do. I felt so isolated and detached from friends, family, and the world around me.

When you’re in the thick of it, you feel like you’re going crazy. You’re embarrassed, ashamed and afraid. You feel like no one else will be able to understand how you feel. But that’s your anxiety talking. Because I understand. And so do many others. More people than you think are going through similar stuff.

Getting help, reaching out to loved ones and talking about it out loud has made a huge difference in my life.

Wellness Wednesday: My Anxiety Story: Plus Some Coping Strategies by Blair Buchanan
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It helped me recognize that I’m not alone. Everyone has their demons; everyone has their struggles. While they are unique to each individual, I take comfort in knowing I’m not walking this path of life by myself. None of us are. ❤︎

Understanding the physical and mental symptoms of my anxiety has also helped a ton.

I am one of those people that asks 1 million questions about everything. Honestly, I’m just really curious about life. Plus, I really don’t like not understanding something or being in the dark about it, so I’ll research and research and research until I fully understand it because it brings me clarity.

A couple of months ago I started taking Zoloft to treat my GAD. Starting a new medication (having never taken any medication before) has been a whole battle of its own. (I’ll write another post on that later). I still deal with anxiety every single day, but with the help of a therapist I’ve learned to change my relationship with my symptoms. I now only experience sleep paralysis about once a week, which is amazing!


OTHER WAYS I COPE WITH MY ANXIETY:

  • Mindfulness techniques such as paced breathing and mediation
  • Exercise (even a short walk outside helps)
  • CBD
  • Journal writing and drawing
  • Call my mom lol

Up until now, I’ve only shared this stuff with my family and close friends. Writing this post and being vulnerable like this is not easy, so thank you for reading my story with an open heart and an open mind.

I truly hope this post helped anyone out there who is going through it. I’m here if you want to DM me on instagram , send a message through my contact page, or email me at dimediaries@gmail.com I love to hear other people stories and I would love to share more about mine, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

♡ Talk soon.

xoxo DD

About the Author:

Wellness Wednesday: My Anxiety Story: Plus Some Coping Strategies by Blair Buchanan

As the Founder of DimeDiaries lifestyle blog, Blair Buchanan is passionate about all things lifestyle, wellness, and beauty. The mantra behind her blog is that: “every single one of you is a perfect 10 (dime) in your own unique and awesome way.” Blair loves opening up candid conversations with the community through her Advice Column.  Submit your question HERE and she will dedicate a blog post to your topic.

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What are Your Anxiety Coping Strategies?

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Jo Robinson
Jo Robinson
5 months ago

What a brave post. It’s always reassuring to know that other people are going through a similar situation. Thank you for the coping strategies – I use exercise a lot to help me x

ivanamearns
ivanamearns
5 months ago

I will definitely recommend your blog posts to others, it’s sad what many people have to cope with. It’s so thoughtful of you to share your story. You look amazing by the way, I love the photo with the t-shirt “be the change….” well done.

daphnetakahashi
daphnetakahashi
5 months ago

What an awesome post! I applaud your strength and courage to share your story. This is great to inform others and help everyone be aware how we can be of help. Thanks for sharing!

sjd68
sjd68
5 months ago

I am glad to hear that CBD has helped you with Anxiety. I have been touting the benefits for a couple of years now and wish more people listened and tried it. I have a daughter who suffers with anxiety as well and we are working towards ways to help her. I will absolutely share this post with her. Thank you for your honesty.

Albany Chanel
Albany Chanel
5 months ago

Thank you so much for sharing your story on dealing with anxiety and this expert’s advice on overcoming it.

🖤💀Britt K💀🖤 (@AltSpeaking)
🖤💀Britt K💀🖤 (@AltSpeaking)
5 months ago

Thank you Blair for being so open, honest and vulnerable about your personal experience. It’s definitely not easy to share something so intimate but in doing so, you may be the light at the end of the tunnel for someone that is really struggling right now. I am glad to hear that you have recognized your struggles and are starting to work towards finding the keys to management for your personally.

Jessica Collazo
Jessica Collazo
5 months ago

You have such brave soul. To share your anxiety experience is serious stuff. I had sleep paralysis once… And it was horrible.

Kelly Martin
Kelly Martin
5 months ago

Thank you for sharing your story. I suffer from anxiety as well and I’ve found that herbal remedies and long walks really help to calm me down.

Lene
Lene
5 months ago

Sharing your story openly can be such an important way of finding a community of others who truly get it, because they share your experience. I have had anxiety for as long as I can remember — I also have autoimmune arthritis, and the unpredictable nature of it has contributed to that. Three years ago, I developed PTSD after a trip to the ICU and you are absolutely right. It can feel as if you’re going crazy, maybe because of I guess the stigma associated with it? So you tend to not talk about it. But talking is the way… Read more »

Gabi
Gabi
5 months ago

Thanks for sharing your story.. I have anxiety also and it has been a great help to read your post 👍🏻

The Prepping Wife
The Prepping Wife
5 months ago

I am so proud of you for sharing this! The last couple weeks I’ve been experiencing a lot of anxiety, nightmares, migraines, and panic attacks. So much so that I haven’t written much in my blog lately, it affects my driving ability, and so much more. I honestly wondered if I should go to a doctor, or if I would just be treated as crazy. I’ve been working on mindfulness techniques as well, and it really seems to be helping. I am very focused on turning those exercises into a habit each time I get ready to fall asleep and… Read more »

Alexandra
Alexandra
5 months ago

I like how peaceful you look in your picture. The one where you are smiling. I’m also thinking that the Zoloft helped some and I’m glad about that. I also started practicing mindfullness when my stress got so high that I had a lot of anxiety. I’ve been through the panic attacks and other stuff but not the sleep paralysis. That sounds scary. In any case, thanks for sharing. A lot of people do struggle with anxiety and a lot of other problems so even though it was hard to be vulnerable I’m glad you were. It helps others! Loading...

Lyosha Varezhkina
Lyosha Varezhkina
5 months ago

thanks for sharing the story. Anxiety is a monster and it is very hard to fight off.

Angela Ricardo Bethea
Angela Ricardo Bethea
5 months ago

It’s quite brave and amazing of you to share your story with us. Anxiety is quite hard to battle sometimes and those are all helpful tips to combat them. I usually write on my journal to keep my thoughts organized.

11yearsofnappies
11yearsofnappies
5 months ago

Such a courageous and beautiful post. Thank you for sharing.

Rachel Gerard
Rachel Gerard
5 months ago

Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. As someone who also lives with anxiety I appreciate so much how much strength it took to write and put it out there!

Shibani
Shibani
5 months ago

It’s so important to share these stories publicly – thank you for sharing yours.

Deb Lee
Deb Lee
5 months ago

Thanks for sharing your story. I’m sure that by telling it “out loud,” you’re helping others who may be going through the same thing. I smiled when I saw that one of your coping strategies was calling your mum. Connecting with the people we love and who love us right back can really helpful and supportive.

Luna S
Luna S
5 months ago

CDB seems to be pretty handy for anxiety and many other issues, I am glad it is something that is becoming more commonly used. Thanks for sharing your story for those who are in similar situations, helps everyone know they aren’t alone!

xoxocb2
xoxocb2
5 months ago

Thank you for sharing your story! I am a school social worker and try to help my students to overcome their anxiety. Mindfulness is so amazing and a great tool to deal with anything (in my opinion). You are definitely not alone and i hope others are able to get some guidance from your story.