The nightly struggle
Tossing and turning all night long. A feeling known so well to me. Anxiety runs all day and keeps you up at night. A horrific cycle seen day after day. Sometimes I wonder if anxiety can be turned off. I recently read an article stating that anxiety and depression can sometimes be caused by vitamin deficiency. It has made me think twice about the nutrients I place in my meals everyday. Those like me, know how frustrating it is to have anxiety during the day and then have insomnia anxiety throughout the night. Racing thoughts throughout the night. Trying to quiet them down in order to relax the mind.
I’ve tried it all
Nothing works. Try puzzles, funny videos, news, anything to get your mind off the anxiety. Every little thing triggering your anxiety. Nothing helps. You become desperate and feel as if you’re going to lose your cool. Trying and trying to constantly remove your mind from the issue. What’s causing your anxiety? If this question was that simple to answer, no anxiety would even exist. That’s the main question that everyone wants to answer. Why do I have anxiety? Why am I constantly nervous? What is causing this? This is the question that haunts most sufferers. This is the route with which behavior therapy proceeds. They feed on why your anxiety exists. What triggers it? What can subside it?
Things that have worked
Many people have found relief in talking to others on apps, online shopping, writing, reading and even just watching their favorite show. I have noticed that anything that gets your mind off of it works magic. But sometimes even this fails. This is when I feel like I definitely need to get my mind occupied. I try to make plans on top of plans. Work on top of work in order to fill up my time and avoid triggering my anxiety. I’ve noticed that constantly working has helped me deal with my anxiety throughout the day. It keeps my head occupied and my body moving. I have noticed that the anxiety does flood in at night.
Do the best you can
The best solution has been to do whatever makes you happy. Watching your favorite show would definitely be an amazing idea because you can enjoy and indulge yourself into the television. It makes you forget everything around you. I remember suffering major anxiety and indulging myself in a lovely movie with my lovely family. The movie was so captivating that I totally forgot about my anxiety. Why? Because I was so into the movie that my mind removed itself from anxiety and focused on what was occurring on the screen.
I know many people don’t like the television so reading or writing may help! Writing helps one be able to deliver their feelings in a more coherent manner. Sometimes writing feelings down helps one keep it organized and helps one release all that tension from within. Anxiety is not easy. It is not weak. It persists and if not conquered, will get worse and worse. Keeping the mind busy is definitely one of the most important steps in improving mental health! Remember that not getting enough rest can damage the body, so if you continue to expirence insomnia, please get professional help that can get you on the track back to a good night’s rest.
New to Awkwardly Social is the new “Overthinker” series. A big struggle for many of us with anxiety is that we tend to overthink a lot. This can often keep us up at night.