Fear of the Unknown

The unknown is a scary place: it provides a dark shell of fear for the visitor and wheel-barrows full of uncertainty. This stress eventually becomes so astounding it develops into anxiety, which can control our daily lives.

However, it doesn’t have to. Your life is in your hands, and you have the ability to define it. With proper coping mechanisms, therapy and perhaps some medication, anxiety will quickly become a thing of the past.

So, the question lingers, what is the purpose of anxiety? Many people, including myself, deal with anxiety and its symptoms on a regular basis: difficulty breathing, shaking legs, uncontrollable speech, racing thoughts, etc. It comes, and it goes. So, why? Why is this something we deal with?

To put it simply, anxiety is simply a survival mechanism that had a little too much caffeine. As you may know, the term “fight or flight” coins the idea that in order to survive, one must defend their ground or escape the situation as quickly as possible. Now, imagine a car horn that honks on its own, with little regard to the driver’s notion. Sound annoying? Anxiety is similar.

These symptoms can arise on moment’s notice and have very little empathy for those who are under it’s spell. It certainly can be triggered and induced by outside events, but it doesn’t always have to be. Symptoms of anxiety don’t need causation, and they certainly don’t ask for permission.

Now that you have a taste of anxiety and it’s power, I want to hear from you. How do you deal with your anxiety or stressful situations? What do you do to control your symptoms when you’re in public? In private? Let us know at collin.ullrich@stayforyourself.com. Strike up a conversation, and we’ll be sure to respond with in a day’s time.

Stay tuned for coping techniques that will change your anxiety before you know it!

Morning Mental Wellness

I’ll kick this blog off by giving you some mental wellness activities that have profoundly improved by mental stability – and frankly my life.

Each day, I dread getting out of bed. I wake up with a mask of fatigue and can’t summon the energy to desire the day. However, this activity has become increasingly addictive and has reserved a permanent spot in my morning routine.

I start this activity by grabbing a small sheet of paper, two highlighters and a pencil. I write down every single stressor or potential stressor that the day offers: being judged at the gym, losing a game of 8-ball, etc. It’s a pretty wide range.

Once I have all of them jotted down, I assign one highlighter to be my “in my control” color and the other to be my “out of my control” color. I highlight each stressor accordingly and take a look at my sheet once completed.

Unsurprisingly, most of the stressors are completely out of my control and the page is predominantly filled with the “out of my control” color. Wow, what a concept!

I quickly realize that much of what I worry about is ultimately out of my control and realize that there’s not much I can do without seeming intruding in my personal situations.

I encourage you guys to try this activity yourself and see just how many of your stressors are in your control!