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This Is What I Fear #8 - Domatophobia

Has the pandemic made your mental health degrade since you are mostly inside? Well people with Domatophobia - the fear of houses or being inside a house have it worse. While it is a requirement for us to stay inside, considering the pandemic, people with Domatophobia could have an increase in sense of anxiety, fright and anger. Even though the causes for Domatophobia can vary from person to person, the 2 main reasons are trauma and genetics where past experiences such as robberies can cause you to feel as if you will be harmed if you stay inside. Some physical symptoms of Domatophobia include but are not limited to nausea, trembling, confusion or even shortness of breath while inside a house. If you suffer from Domatophobia, getting treatment as soon as possible is really recommended since this phobia can be a danger to your health and can ruin your relationships with friends and family.             Image by Frank Winkler from Pixabay

How Do I Improve My Self-Esteem In 7 Ways

Many people with anxiety also have quite a low self esteem. However, this can easily be changed and is a great place to start if you want to get rid of anxiety. Self esteem is usually something you need to keep in check since it can easily go in a downward spiral. It might get hard to get out if you go too deep and improving yourself won't happen instantly but creating good daily habits can easily help you get better and happier. So where do I start? 1. Learn and Keep On Learning  Think about a topic you want to learn about. Now start learning. Don't let anything stop you. Want to learn about physics? Just search the basics of physics on youtube and start watching and learning. Learn something different if you don't enjoy what you are learning currently. There is no limit to knowledge. Learn a new language, learn how to play a game. Learn about other ways to improve yourself but keep on learning. 2. Do Creative Activities Do you like to paint? Dance? Co

Quick Reads #16 - Superstitions Only Make Anxiety Worse

A superstition is having beliefs or specific behaviours because of trust in supernatural, god, nature, magic, luck or the fear of not knowing what's going to happen.  Some common superstitions are finding a four leaf clover, walking under a ladder and even the number 666.  Someone who believes in such superstitions has a 23% higher chance of developing anxiety, OCD as well as other mental illnesses. Even though it has been concluded that all superstitions hold near to no truth, it allows people to blame their behaviour on "the unknown" and hence is continued for generations.  Other researches claim that superstitions act as a positive placebo, allowing you to get the confidence to do something you normally wouldn't. Generally, women are more likely to believe in such superstitions and are more likely to get anxiety.  Even though believing in superstitions is totally your choice, knowing that it's just a placebo and it has no effect on your life can help you lead a

Anxiety And Coping With It

Everyone has stress but that doesn't equal to everyone having anxiety. Anxiety causes you to over think, stress, and panic over situations that have not and may never happen. There are a few ways to cope with anxiety to slowly help it get better though. Is anxiety all bad? No! It can actually help you be more alert during a specific time period or help you get the last bit of motivation you need but sometimes it can really get over you and control your mental health, which is not good. Here are a few ways to cope with anxiety! Tell Someone You Need Help  Talking to someone during anxiety can not only help you get weight off your chest, it can also help other people understand your situation and help them understand what they can do to help you calm down. For example, if you are an adult with a child who suffers from anxiety, talk to them and if they start getting too Anxious, try to change the topic or try to find distractions. Lets say your child is worried about

This Is What I Fear #7 - Dystychiphobia

Having the thought stuck in your head that your actions will cause an accident is devastating, and that's what people with Dystychiphobia have - the fear of accidents.  Even though it's common for people to have the fear of accidents, Dystychiphobia is not so common and causes panic attacks and a lot of distress. The cause of this fear is not known as well as some other fears, most who suffer from Dystychiphobia have experienced an accident early in their childhood and are suffering from PTSD.  Even though it does not affect most people in all aspects of their lives, caution should be taken while driving or doing duties that can risk lives. If Dystychiphobia is left untreated, it can cause you to lose control of yourself and harm yourself and others so seeking medical attention early on is a must.   Accidents are going to happen as they are unavoidable, focusing on the positives rather than the negatives and understanding that the situation is just a small part in your story mi

Identifying 3 Things You Are Grateful For In 3 Steps

Anxiety can cause you to think things aren't important. You lose track of who to trust, what to do and start over thinking so much that you can't control your emotions. Anxiety affects you in a way where your emotions, whether positive or negative, will cause a reaction in you which leads to stress. There is a way to get hold of your emotions, which, if done right for a month or two can help you feel happier. 3 Things Per Day -  What you will need : Either A Pen & Notebook or, A notepad application on your phone How to do it : 1) Think of three things you are grateful for in your life, it might be hard at first but write 3 things. 2) Everyday, start your day by writing 3 totally different things. Do NOT repeat the same thing. You cannot write sunflowers, daisies and roses. A good example instead would be, my ability to swim, my dog and my brother. 3) You can also not use the same things i.e. you cannot say my dog on day one and day seven. Write in

Quick Reads #15 - Is A Book The Cure You Need For Anxiety?

You can go online and read huge lists which tell you about things you can do to help your anxiety but what most lists seem to miss is one of the most obvious hobbies people have, reading . Reading is such a great hobby to have, not only for someone with anxiety but for people who just want a quick escape from the situation. Even the smell of a book is enough to help people calm down and as studies have shown, reading can be much better than having meditation and exercise if done correctly. Setting aside 30 minutes every day to read any book, even a magazine can help lower your heart rate (unless you favourite character dies, which might cause you to cry for an hour or two)!  Some other benefits of reading are Reading rewires your brain to be happier and helps you be a better person! Gives you something to escape from reality Reduces your stress levels  Helps your body go from the fight or flight mode to a more relaxed one Relaxes your muscles   Even though we can go on for hours about

Let's Start An Anxiety Journal!

Starting an anxiety journal can help you be better at not only tracking anxiety but overcoming it. An anxiety journal is a diary where you write when you are having a panic attack or an anxiety attack. It can be really helpful when you need to quickly let something off your chest or feel better. Here are the things you will need and how to start! Doing this daily can help you feel better and feel calmer. Lets start! Things You Will Need  A Journal A Pen  It is recommended that you hand-write your feelings as this will help you feel calmer quicker. Lets Write! You should spend 5-20 minutes writing about any concerns you have, write them all in a line and give them a symbol. Use the symbols later to write about the concern in more detail. Here is an example. I Will Not Do Well At My Exams @ I Cannot Do Well At Sports # @ I finished my exams, I am not sure if I will pass them but I think I did pretty well. # Our team won! It was really fun and I enjoyed a lot.

This Is What I Fear #6 - Ornithophobia

Encountering a bird isn't really something many people fear however the fear of birds, also known as Ornithophobia does exist. This phobia is really wide where some people might only be scared of a specific type of bird such as only being scared of birds of prey but can go as far as being scared of taxidermies of birds! When confronted by a bird, you might start to shake or shiver but as with all phobias, the severity of this phobia can easily range from crying to trying to hide to even having a panic attack. The cause of your Ornithophobia will be different from another person as it can be because of a traumatic experience or even happen for no reason! Even though medications can for sure help with this fear, two main techniques that a professional can do to help you out are hypnosis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. As unique as this fear is, if you have it, don't hesitate to get help for it. Talk to a professional as soon as possible. Good luck! Image by Couleur from Pixab

Myth Or Fact #15 - The Causes Of OCD Are Not Fully Understood

Is this a Myth Or A Fact? "The Causes Of OCD Are Not Fully Understood" Fact! Even though the causes of OCD are not fully know, we can link it back to a certain few things which include but are not limited to biological factors, lifestyle factors, hereditary factors, chemical factors as well as learnt behaviour. Despite this, CBT ( Cognitive behavioural therapy ) and medications can generally help you get back to normal!  Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay