I have had some for of “anxiety” (self-diagnosed that is) for as long as I can remember. Some times it’s completely warranted, sometimes it’s my brain thinking up/creating things, and sometimes it’s my past rearing it’s ugly face and involving itself in my current situations.
Through all of this I have yet to learn how to properly deal with my anxiety. Typically I can run or work out and that will allow the energy I was spending to be spent doing something productive, versus dwelling on things and working myself up. I have also tried supplements like Gaba Calm, or Calms Forte (Calms Forte is a homeopathic supplement) to at least take the edge off. These work best when I am anxious about something specific, such as a meeting, interview, event. Hell, I even took a Gaba Calm before my first date with Mike. Taking things like this may be more psychological than anything, but sometimes a placebo is all that’s necessary.
I had a bout of anxiety this weekend, and when it was all over (and during it also) I realized it was all caused by my brain. Caused by me overthinking, and creating scenarios in my head and making things up. I take a good (or great) situation and let it fend for itself in my head while I am creating every reason I can to turn it into a negative situation.
And while anxiety isn’t something to joke about, I find posts like these on pinterest/instagram/tmblr comforting. They remind me to laugh, and to relax. They remind me that my brain is creating problems for me, and I need to take a step back and relax.