I have recently discovered the most enjoyable and enlightening comic to compliment my mindset work (Neuro Linguistic Programming) program at Stay Golden Sun Spa. You may have already seen some of the material featured in the spa’s glass case (anyone interested in a game night? Let’s do it!!
WHY am I so obsessed about helping others? OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) and cPTSD have accompanied me for as long as I can remember… Finding ways to manage this mental condition is challenging at best! I UNDERSTAND (where many therapists cannot) what it feels like to be trapped in thought patterns that make life less than ideal. The mind and heart connection (cognitive behavioral therapy) are KEY. I believe the author of “The Awkward Yeti” playfully addresses the same paradigm that so many of us (INCLUDING CHILDREN) with anxiety disorders face daily.
“The Awkward Yeti and all of its work are authored and illustrated by cartoonist Nick Seluk. It was his dream since he was a kid to be funny, and someday he hopes to be. His New York Times Bestselling series Heart and Brain has brought popularity to the Awkward Yeti on social media, and he now copes with the pressure of trying to entertain millions of fans online.
In 2018, his first children’s book was published by Scholastic, titled The Sun is Kind of a Big Deal, the first in a 3-book series. You can find it in book stores and Scholastic fairs in schools.
Nick lives in Michigan, which has super big lakes surrounding it. He enjoys thinking about running, not actually running, and mostly doing nothing.”
Anxiety disorders are quite common! Symptoms include:
- Feeling nervous
- Feeling helpless
- A sense of impending panic, danger or doom
- Increased heart rate
- Obsessively thinking about the panic trigger
According to Mayo Clinic Health System, here are 11 tips for coping with an anxiety disorder:
- Keep physically active.
Develop a routine so that you’re physically active most days of the week. Exercise is a powerful stress reducer. It can improve your mood and help you stay healthy. Start out slowly, and gradually increase the amount and intensity of your activities.
- Avoid alcohol and recreational drugs.
These substances can cause or worsen anxiety. If you can’t quit on your own, see your health care provider or find a support group to help you.
- Quit smoking, and cut back or quit drinking caffeinated beverages.
Nicotine and caffeine can worsen anxiety.
- Use stress management and relaxation techniques.
Visualization techniques, meditation and yoga are examples of relaxation techniques that can ease anxiety.
- Make sleep a priority.
Do what you can to make sure you’re getting enough sleep to feel rested. If you aren’t sleeping well, talk with your health care provider.
- Eat healthy foods.
A healthy diet that incorporates vegetables, fruits, whole grains and fish may be linked to reduced anxiety, but more research is needed.
- Learn about your disorder.
Talk to your health care provider to find out what might be causing your specific condition and what treatments might be best for you. Involve your family and friends, and ask for their support.
- Stick to your treatment plan.
Take medications as directed. Keep therapy appointments and complete any assignments your therapist gives. Consistency can make a big difference, especially when it comes to taking your medication.
- Identify triggers.
Learn what situations or actions cause you stress or increase your anxiety. Practice the strategies you developed with your mental health provider so you’re ready to deal with anxious feelings in these situations.
- Keep a journal.
Keeping track of your personal life can help you and your mental health provider identify what’s causing you stress and what seems to help you feel better.
Don’t let worries isolate you from loved ones or activities.