If you live alone and you have anxiety, you’ll undoubtedly find great relief from having a personal alarm system, which ensures you are quickly attended to when you are in need of help. You are also probably well-aware that anxiety can feel like a cruel game that someone is playing on you; one that can leave you fearing for your life, out of breath, or even make you afraid to leave home.
However, it is possible to out-play anxiety, and enjoy the peace and calm that comes from knowing you have the power to control your body and mind. Follow these tips and nip anxiety in the bud today.
Why Anxiety Plays Games with Your Mind
In a book called Panic Attacks Workbook: A Guided Program for Beating the Panic Trick, author David Carbonell reveals how we can outsmart the anxiety trick. Anxiety is a trick, he notes, because it makes us think that we are truly about to die, faint or be ill (i.e. that we are in a situation of true danger) when we are not.
To out-trick the mental condition, he says that it is important to stop resisting it. When we are in the throes of a panic attack for instance, we should ‘float’ with our anxiety, recognise the sensations and feelings we are having (e.g. our racing heart rate, quick and shallow breathing etc.) and calmly turn to controlled breathing, which instantly lowers the heart and breathing rates.
When we try to fight against anxiety, we only increase the physiological processes that lead us into panic – i.e. we continue to breathe in quickly (thus shunting too much oxygen into our system), our muscles continue tensing up and contracting, and our heart rate continues to rise.
By breathing calmly and acknowledging that all that is occurring is the anxiety trick trying to convince us we are in real danger, we can achieve a calm state and fully realise the extent to which we are in control.
Anti-Anxiety Aids at Home and Away
Battling anxiety also involves recognising the early signs that worry or a panic attack are about to ensue. We can then immediate action, in the following ways:
- By using heavy blankets, also known as ‘weighted blankets’, which are successfully used for autism, anxiety, and sensory issues. These comfy sleeping aids, which weigh more than standard blanket, give us a sense of calm and increases serotonin in the body, thus balancing our mood.
- Through participation in holistic activities such as yoga and mindfulness meditation, which have been proven scientifically to lower stress hormone levels.
- Through spending time in nature to instil a calm, mindful state, which is a powerful antidote to all types of anxiety.
To keep anxiety at bay, it is important to realise the effects it has on the body; its power to make us think that we are truly in a life-or-death situation, even when we aren’t in any real danger. By calmly letting anxiety ‘ride’ over us, practicing controlled breathing, and turning to useful aids like holistic practices and weighted blankets, we can once again gain rightful control over our mental health and well-being.
Find out more about the Personal Alarm
As mentioned in this article, a personal alarm can help with any issues you have related to this mental health condition. Knowing that you will always have somebody to call for help should you have a fall or another accident can give you a huge sense of relief and confidence.
Not only this, but it will also give your loved ones some peace of mind that you have somebody looking out for you. Our Response Team work 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to ensure alarm users receive the highest quality of service.
For more information about the Personal Alarm service that we provide, please contact our friendly sales team on 0800 999 0400. Alternatively, complete our contact us form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
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