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According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety affects more than 40 million adults. That’s more than 18.1 percent of the population!
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the US. What’s worse, only 36 percent of people seek help for them.
Anxiety is terrible to live with because you never know when it might strike; one moment, you’re with friends and having the time of your life, and the next, you feel like you can’t breathe.
It may feel like you’re alone in such circumstances, but know that you’re not. Seeking help and trying to find a way to lessen the impact of anxiety attacks is the first step in getting better.
While there are plenty of ways (such as deep breathing) to calm yourself during an anxiety attack, more and more people are turning to journaling. But how does it help?
A Way to Identify How You’re Feeling
You always know when you’re about to have a panic or anxiety attack. Anxiety and panic attacks slowly and gradually build up over a couple of minutes.
When you feel an anxiety attack coming, open your journal and write down how you feel.
Why do you feel anxious? Is it because of something someone has said? Is it because you were reminded of something?
It’s easier said than done, but it’ll help you figure out what’s making you anxious. When you’re aware of the situation, it becomes easier to deal with it.
Relief from Stress
Journaling is personal. And it’s a great way to find relief from stress. When you write down your feelings, you’ll instantly feel better. It’s like venting your emotions to an imaginary person who’s listening to you without any bias, prejudice, and judgments.
Connect with Yourself
Journaling is also a great way to connect with your emotions. It helps you understand yourself better.
For example: let’s say you write down five things you like about yourself every day. This goes a long way in helping you transform the relationship you have with yourself.