One of my anxiety triggers is health. It’s safe to say my biggest fear in life is poor health–my own as well as that of someone I love. Good health is not something I take for granted for even a single day.
Since my earliest memories, my anxiety has been set off by thoughts of impending doom related to someone I love becoming ill or injured. I’ve had to deal with intrusive thoughts, with scenes playing out in my head that I’ve been unable to stop. As a child, I worried endlessly about something happening to my mom. As a new mother, I worried about something happening to Jax. Thoughts like these don’t occur often now, thank goodness.
The positive side of health anxiety is that it makes me proactive. I’ve initiated difficult conversations with my physician and my therapist just to relieve myself of worry and for reassurance. I eat well, I rarely drink more than one alcoholic beverage in a day, I take walks almost daily, I talk about how to alleviate my stress with a therapist regularly, and I take vitamins and supplements that are good for my body.
Most importantly, I try to never consult Dr. Google for a diagnosis if there is something perceived to be wrong!
Knowing your anxiety triggers is crucial for overcoming it. So is knowing how to handle the anxiety when you can’t stop it from happening. Here are the techniques I rely on to nip anxiety in the bud when it happens.
If you have any anxiety-busting tips, please share!