It’s a fact – everyone, and by everyone I mean 99.9999% of all humans, has experienced anxiety in some form at least once in their lives.
Anxiety is a word we use to describe how the human body operates in response to our cognizant or subconscious realizations of stressful, dangerous, or both stressful and dangerous situations.
As we know all too well, humans aren’t perfect, and neither are our brains. Some people experience chronic anxiety, in which our limbic systems, a part of every human’s brain that’s responsible for negative emotions like fear and worry.
While some people are faced with anxiety throughout the entirety of their lives – so bad that panic attacks are a constant worry by such suffers of severe anxiety disorders – most of us will only, or at least for the vast majority of our lives, deal with excessive anxiety when times get tough.
While not every form of self-administered or professionally-aided mental health treatment will be successful, it’s important to at least experiment with various tried-and-true tactics of dealing with the cyclical, compounding stress and worry caused – paradoxically, it seems, with seemingly no cure in sight – by our brains.
Can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em: women – uh, uh, oh crap – I mean brains!
Seeing a mental health service provider isn’t always convenient – what to do?
Most people across the United States of America are actively employed. Of those people, the vast majority work sometime during the day, typically from roughly 6 in the morning to, give or take, 4 to 8 in the evening.
When are most doctors’ offices open? Usually, no earlier than 8:00 a.m., and no later than 5:00 or 6:00 p.m. Hard-working individuals that have to support themselves and their families find it difficult to visit mental health professionals – who largely operate on the same schedule as their physician counterparts.
Fortunately, technology has led to the foundation of Talkspace, a firm that connects licensed therapists to clients around the nation through mobile phones, tablets, computers, and other techie tools.
Oh, yeah… guess what? Talkspace’s independent service providers operate on their own schedules, meaning there will likely be tens of counselors free to help at any time throughout the day – or night.
Try distracting yourself, but subconsciously
Virtually everybody with a mental health disorder, or even just a one-off, weeks-long period of excessive stress, has been blown off by others when they hear of your mental stressors. It likely feels so good getting such stressors off your chest, only to be crushed by their dismissive behavior.
Consider taking five slow, deep breaths. For each count, look at one object – a tree, TV, anything – and repeat this four more times. This distracts your brain due to purposeful, increased focus on environmental stimuli.
While seeking help from your own self is more convenient than reaching out to someone else, trained professionals at Talkspace can provide detailed instructions for helpful mental health exercises like the one mentioned above.