Anxiety treatment is one of the most common disorders for which people seek psychological help. Anxiety and depression are also two disorders that are frequently seen alongside substance abuse disorders. Today, with the events of the past few weeks, people who never thought they would experience anxiety of this magnitude are finding that they feel lost in so many ways.
The stock market crash has many scrambling to try to hold onto what they can. Many who counted on investments for their retirement are scared they will lose everything. Those old enough to remember may have parents or grandparents who talk about The Great Depression. Many worry they may experience the same thing soon. At the same time, COVID-19 has arrived. People are being forced to forgo socializing and are being asked to self-isolate. Fear for the lives of self and loved ones have anxiety at an all-time high.
How are we going to provide even necessities when we can’t work? Uncertainty means a loss of control of the situation. This creates both anxiety and depression. How is one to cope with something they have no point of reference for? Does asking for anxiety treatment indicate weakness? The reality of the situation is that not reaching out could turn the uncertainty into a darker situation.
The Danger of Not Getting Anxiety Treatment
The dangers of not getting anxiety treatment are many. With so much uncertainty, the tendency is to try to grab hold of anything familiar. For those with current or past substance abuse problems, this may mean a return to or increased use of harmful substances. For others, self-harm or suicidal thoughts may increase. When a person feels they have lost control of what is around them, they often turn to things they do have control of, even if that thing is harmful. Increased anxiety also causes a worsening of many chronic diseases. You may find yourself in more pain, wanting to sleep more, and not being able to eat.
All of these things make an already difficult situation even more difficult. They may cause you to emotionally isolate. As social creatures who are already needing to socially isolate, emotional isolation can be downright dangerous. Anxiety treatment can take the form of positive self-help, with or without professional intervention.
Some things you can do to help you control your anxiety immediately are:
- Continue taking any anxiety medication you may already be on.
- Practice mindfulness. Today is the day you need to concentrate on, not tomorrow. Remember, take one day at a time and if that seems too difficult, take one minute at a time.
- Limit exposure to both news and mindless scrolling through social media.
- Reach out daily through phone calls or other means and talk with at least one person.
- Maintain as much of your normal routine as possible. Keep meals and sleeping schedules the same.
- Exercise. This can be as simple as walking your dog or following a video online. The point is to get moving at a rate that will get your heart pumping, so your brain releases endorphins.
- If weather permits, get outdoors some each day. This can mean a walk or simply sit on your porch.
Anxiety Treatment Options
Even the strongest of people need support and guidance at times. In this time of uncertainty, with events unlike most of us have ever seen, reaching out to Integrative Life Center for anxiety treatment is necessary. Don’t allow the time you have spent getting clean and sober to be destroyed and don’t allow anxiety to send you looking for unhealthy ways to cope. Reach out today at 615.455.3903. We are waiting to help.