I constantly worry and get this feeling in the pit of my stomach. I feel like something is wrong but I can't really figure it out. Maybe I'm not eating healthy, maybe I haven't been working out, maybe I'm stressed about my job and I need to quit. Maybe the medical procedure I'm about to have is too overwhelming. The list can go on and on, and typically for someone who deals with anxiety, all of a sudden things that never made you anxious are difficult to even think about. You spend countless hours trying to figure out what the hell is going on. You get caught in this loop thinking you will be able to pinpoint exactly what is happening and just when you think you have figured it out, there it is again, that voice inside your head, that feeling of dread or impending doom.
First of all, I'm not a doctor or a psychologist, I would always recommend starting with your doctor if you are feeling anxiety. Get a health check-up to make sure things are working ok in your body. Perhaps you have already been there, maybe you had a few anxiety attacks and ended up in the ER a few times only for the doctors to tell you everything was ok. If that is the case it is important to remember this, "you are not the only one". I'm sure you have heard it many times but really let that sink in, "you are not alone". There are others who are feeling the anxiety you are feeling, it may feel like you are cursed and you may often even ask yourself: Why me? What did I do to deserve this? , always remember we are all in this together.
So What Can I Do?
If I was able to go back in time right when my anxiety started and was able to afford it I would start with cognitive behavioral therapy. It is an effective means of helping your thought patterns and getting you out of your anxious state of mind. Unfortunately, not many people can afford a therapist and are not able to get the help needed and as a result, the anxiety gets worse. There are also times you might feel therapy isn't working as was in my case, it's important to remember therapy takes time and patience. If you still feel the same way after some time, You may want to consider changing therapists. I went through a few before finding one that really helped me overcome many challenges. You are free to decide who you think is better for your mental health.
What If You Can't Afford A Therapist
Been there many times. It makes you wonder if mental health and psychologists/ therapists are only for the rich and famous, why is it so expensive for the rest of us? We can save that topic for another day, but right now you have to take action even if you can't afford a therapist. It starts with educating yourself. I never thought I would be studying anxiety and panic attacks as much as I do now. I do it because I'm determined to get my life back, but I also want to share my struggles along the way because I know for a fact others are out there dealing with the same thing. Go to your local library and find some books on Anxiety and Panic attacks if you get those as well. Learn what is happening in your body when you get these feelings. I wish when I first experienced a panic attack 5 years ago I would have known it was adrenaline and that I was not in any danger, but like many of us, we think we are dying when we get that first panic attack. Start with reading and learning about what is happening when you have anxiety. Here are a few resources that have helped me I hope they help you.