The last few weeks I have been extra anxious. I mean, I am always anxious, my normal is anxious. But every so often things get worse, and I have a full fledged meltdown. Thankfully, since moving in with my parents two months ago, I have not had a single one. But now, I’m on the edge. I’m on the verge. I can feel it. But hopefully this time, I can stop it.
I have had enough giant panic attacks, emotional breakdowns, and full on meltdowns to know when another one is coming. Everyone is different. For me, the signs usually look something like this:
- Avoiding or fearing social interactions
- Crying frequently and without being able to stop
- Feeling depressed
- Feeling hopeless
- Feeling trapped and/or wanting to run away
- Extreme irritability, anger, lashing out
- Frequent panic attacks
- Physical symptoms: easily tired, stomach upsets, headaches, etc.
Now, every once in a while I will find social interactions exhausting, or have more frequent panic attacks seemingly out of the blue, or have a week where I am more irritable than usual.
However, when I notice these symptoms all at the same time, that is a signal. And that signal says, “Hey, if you don’t do something about this right now, you’re going to shut down. Soon.”
So now I am going to try preventing mental breakdowns before they happen. Yeah, I am not 100% right now – but I am, currently, good enough to prevent another breakdown if I take care of myself.
Healthline.com offers some great tips on preventing nervous breakdowns. Different methods for work for different people, but learning to cope with and prevent anxiety build-up is key to living with and managing anxiety and other mental health disorders.
Tips To Prevent A Nervous Breakdown (by Healthline.com)
Here are some methods to help stop you from going over the edge.
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine (oof…caffeine is a hard one for me!)
- Get enough sleep
- Keep an organized environment, pace yourself, and allow yourself to take breaks
- Talk to your therapist
- Exercise! (I’ve been exercising more and so far it’s really helped me)
- Incorporate relaxation techniques into your daily routine
So there you have it – hopefully these tips can help you like they helped me. Do you have any other methods not listed above that work for you? I know that walking my dog and spending 10-minute work breaks training and cuddling my pooch really help.
Let’s see if I can get through this week without breaking down. If I can, I’ll write about what worked and what didn’t. If I can’t, well, I guess I’ll just have to get back up and try again.