Talking to your doctor about anxiety medications can be a challenge experience; it’s even natural to feel a little anxious at the thought of painting such an intimate portrait of what’s going on in your head to someone else. However, if you find that your anxiety symptoms are starting to devour more and more of your day, you might want to start thinking about talking to your doctor about anxiety medications.
Now, a lot of people at this stage tend to feel like asking their doctor about anxiety medications is a sign of failure. This couldn’t be further from the truth; if anything it’s a sign that you are taking steps to control your health and well being. That’s a success in just about anyone’s book.
There’s a few things you might want to keep in mind when it comes to talking to your doctor about your anxiety. First, be completely honest with your doctor about the extent of your anxiety. For example, if you’re having anxiety symptoms and even full blown anxiety attacks frequently, you don’t want to mislead your doctor by telling them you only suffer these incidents occasionally.
Next, once they listen to you and prescribe an anxiety medication, make sure that you get as much information as you can about the drug. How often will you need to take it? When is the best time to take it? Will you need to take it with food? Those are just a few questions you should raise with your doctor. The most common mistake among anxiety sufferers is that they don’t use this special time with their doctor wisely, and end up missing key information that will make the adjustment phase of the new anxiety medication much easier to deal with.
All things considered, it’s important to make the most out of the time you have with your doctor.
Remember that they are there to help you handle your anxiety symptoms more effectively and have truly heard just about everything. Lean on them and their vast knowledge to help you conquer anxiety day by day!
The Great Anxiety Challenge – Where to Go From Here
So, how many individual challenges from the Great Anxiety Challenge did you successfully complete? Even if you only managed to “pass” one challenge, give yourself a round of applause — those five challenges are pretty tough! Since each challenge is designed to force you to step outside of your comfort zone, it’s important to look at what you were supposedly to actually gain from the Great Anxiety Challenge as a whole.
Breaking The Comfort Zone
Getting out of your comfort zone can be painful, but the benefits are s worth it in the long run. By stepping out of your comfort zone you get to experience a new world filled with opportunities that may not reach you while you’re in your comfort zone. In other words, it changes your perspective in order for you to see something new. That is always worth exploring.
Creating New Connections
The majority of the challenges all revolved around dealing with new social connections. Building new social contacts has personal, professional, and deep psychological benefits. The support groups you will use later in use often start with that single, awkward conversation that you were afraid to begin in the first place. That alone is enough reason to go out and try again to build new connections.
Learning More About Yourself
The last real benefit you should have gained from the Great Anxiety Challenge is new knowledge about yourself. All of life is really about learning more about yourself and what brings you happiness and joy. In order to fight anxiety, we have to step back and truly go on a journey to learn more about ourselves. Once we have that new information, we can develop strategies for an even better life.
Next post, talk we’ll a little more about self-esteem and self-acceptance, two very important keys to a healthy life without anxiety getting in the way!