Anxiety Survival in the bad weather is a serious issue for thousands of people. Are you one of them?
A lot of people have had enough of the snow and ice storms that have repeatedly hit the US this winter. The Polar Vortex, the low pressure band, the ice storm, it’s all been more than some can take, and what lays behind the stress is usually the lack of control.
Time and time again anxiety appears in people who are stripped of some level of control of their lives. Military families are often hit hard by this, and not just by a loved one conducting a tour of Afghanistan, the constant movement of military personnel to where they are needed often means the relocation of families. This means changing schools for children, making new friends for everyone, and setting up home again. Add to this an unpredictable dowsing in snow and ice and many feel their personal stress levels riding high.
Those who have diagnosed depression and anxiety disorders, can be especially frustrated by the weather. Especially as physically reaching support groups and medical support can be complicated by icy roads and poor conditions. So the best way to deal with this is to make a plan, for the bad weather, and your anxiety survival.
As soon as sufferers start proactively dealing with the issues that cause them stress, the anxiety can lift. Getting snow tires for the car may cost a little, but the increase in mobility may make it a very worthwhile investment, even in places like Atlanta where no-one’s bought them before! Planning for getting the driveway cleared, either alone or with the help of a gardener. Even a driving course on a skid pan might massively increase a person’s confidence in driving and getting about.
The alternative is likely bad. Because anxiety can breed more anxiety, the difference between seizing an opportunity to deal with the problem, rather than retreating, is psychologically huge. Also eating healthy and getting some exercise will help, so maybe clearing that driveway by yourself is a good move!
And sufferers shouldn’t forget that emergency hotlines do exist, finding one in their area will be worthwhile, if their disorder becomes particularly bad. It is also worth noting that many drugs prescribed for anxiety related conditions actually do more for hiding the physical symptoms that actually helping with the root causes of stress. While a suffer should not continue on through significantly distressing physical symptoms unaided, the drugs will rarely, if ever, provide a long-term or progressive solution to a sufferer’s condition.
It has been repeatedly noted that older men are particularly bad at seeking help with anxiety related illness. Younger people and women have been shown to embrace treatment, where older men see a stigma attached to dealing with the problem. However, this can lead to an inability to effectively manage the issue, and subsequently break down relationships, which in terms increase stress level further.
A tactic for persuading older men to deal with the issue is to raise the possibility for empowerment. That the condition can be beaten, if a sufferer is proactive, and makes the effort for positive steps.
This may help anxiety survival in the bad weather easier for all.