Sonder: the realization that every passerby is living a life just as complex as your own.
This particular realization can lead to us being more understanding towards others.
I have gone to many different psychologists for help regarding my own struggles and have found the process similar to finding a good hairdresser; the chemistry has to be there. Every psychologist works differently with their patients and finding the right one for you is important. My experience with psychologists has been so beneficial that I would recommend going even to those that are not facing mental illnesses directly. Life can be hard regardless of what you suffer from. Psychologists understand things that you can’t always talk to your parents or friends about.
"It takes the utmost amount of courage to keep living when we feel at our worst, on the days that just getting out of bed can seem like an accomplishment, but we do it."
For dealing with anxiety I was given the following tips:
- Breathing exercises: Since our breathing changes as our anxiety levels breathing exercises are important. Breathe in through your nose for around four seconds, hold it for two seconds, then exhale for about six seconds. I would recommend doing this over at least six times.
- Yoga: The breathing exercises mentioned in the previous point come in handy during this activity. Yoga helps to manage stress and anxiety as it forces you to be in the moment and gives a sense of tranquility and peace.
- Focus on your health: Eating well, getting physical activity and getting enough sleep all go hand in hand with a healthier mental being. The healthier you are in a physical sense the healthier your mind will become.
- Make plans for the future: Having something to look forward to, whether it’s a road trip, a start to the book you’ve been meaning to read, or just a walk in the park will show that there is hope for the future. As long as you keep doing, life will continue to get better.