May is Mental health Month (Anxiety)

Posted by Kerri Mosher on May 1, 2016 in anxiety, Our family stories and shares. |

May is Mental health Month

May is mental health month and this is the time to get people aware of mental health and how it affects people’s everyday lives.  When someone suffers from mental health they don’t like to talk about, they put on fronts for people. I know because I am one of them, people.

Something I struggle with anxiety on a daily basis.  I have anxiety when I try to go into a crowded place such as a store. Anxiety causes me to worry about things that are out of my control. My anxiety can get so bad I think I am having a heart attack. I went to the hospital and was told it was anxiety/panic attack.

Went to hospital because I thought I was having a heart attack.

Went to hospital because I thought I was having a heart attack.

Anxiety causes exaggerated worry about everyday life, fear of dying, irritation,  trouble focusing and anticipating the worst outcome to a situation even though it is unlikely. These are all symptoms I have personally encounter.

Anxiety can control your life and stop you from doing the things you want to do or enjoy. Anxiety can make you feel sick daily and steal your life from you.

I have real bad anxiety when I go to leave my toddler with his own dad to go out. On May 4th, I am planning to be gone for most of the day and my toddler can not go with me. I told my older son I would go on a field trip with him, I then tried to back out of going because I started having anxiety and it’s still days away. I am not sure how well I am going to do,  but I will find out here shortly.

This is me *******SOME OF THE MOST COMMON TYPES OF ANXIETY DISORDERS INCLUDE: Panic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Phobias, General Anxiety Disorder, and Social Anxiety Disorder.


How anxiety affects the body:

Causing: chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, stomach discomfort, nausea, fatigue, trembling, muscle tension, headaches, tingling in the hands and feet, or trouble sleeping.

How anxiety affects your behavior:

Causing: rituals that seem impossible to control, being easily startled, avoidance of people, places, and/or things, limiting life experiences, inability to sit still, easily losing one’s temper, or being snappy with others.


What you can do when you are suffering from an anxiety attack:

Call someone you trust. Let them know that your anxiety has gotten the best of you and that you need their support. That may mean asking them to stay on the line with you until you’ve worked through your symptoms, or coming over to keep you company and help put your mind at ease. If you can’t get in touch with a friend or family member, go to http://www.warmline.org to find someone to talk to in your state.

Do something physical. Take a brisk walk, go up and down the stairs, or do some jumping jacks. Give your body a way to physically use up some of its excess energy.

Distract yourself—try an adult coloring book, knit or crochet, draw. Repetitive activities can have a calming effect similar to meditation. For free, printable coloring pages, visit http://www.coloring-pages-adults.com.

Go somewhere safe and quiet, and challenge yourself to have a full-blown anxiety attack. Many people find that directly challenging themselves to have an anxiety attack actually has the opposite effect.

Deep breathing can help. One popular technique is belly breathing: Lay on your back and breathe in through your nose, watching your belly rise as you inhale. Hold your breath for a few seconds then exhale deeply through your mouth, watching your belly fall as you exhale. Repeat until you notice yourself feeling more relaxed. Alternatively, singing can also regulate your breathing if you find yourself starting to hyperventilate.

Write it down. Getting thoughts out of your head and onto paper can be helpful. This could be making a to-do list to organize your thoughts if your mind is racing and it’s hard to focus, or writing in a journal to express what is bothering you.

Focus on things you can control and take action. Pick out your clothes for the week, plan your meals for the next couple days, organize your desk—taking care of small things empowers you to take charge when it comes to larger tasks.



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