Anxiety

Anxiety

So many people talk about feeling anxious about certain things that just make it so difficult to get through the day. Some describe a feeling of nervousness, panic, or fear and others have a more physical reaction with sweats and a racing heartbeat.

It is perfectly normal to have some anxiety in your life; important decisions loom over you, uncomfortable situations to deal with, choices made didn’t go too well. These are normal and helpful human emotions that help us deal with danger. When your reaction is beyond the normal nervousness and mild fear, you may have an Anxiety Disorder.

How can you tell if you have a disorder versus normal anxiety?

  • Anxiety interferes with your ability to function.
  • You often overreact when something triggers your emotions.
  • You can’t control your responses to situations.
  • Panic or anxiety attacks or a fear of these attacks.
  • Frequent nightmares
  • Physical anxiety reactions – for example trembling, sweating, faintness, rapid heartbeat, difficulties breathing or nausea.
  • Avoidance behavior – a person may go to extreme lengths to avoid a situation that they think could bring on anxiety or panic.

Anxiety disorders are actually a group of mental health problems. They include:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder.
  • Social phobias – fear of social situations
  • Specific phobias – for example a fear of open spaces (agoraphobia) or enclosed spaces (claustrophobia)
  • Panic disorders – frequent and debilitating panic attacks.

The result of Anxiety Disorders can be social isolation and clinical depression.  These can impair a person’s ability to work, do routine activities, enjoy relationships with family and friends and even a risk of self-harm.

Chemical imbalance, environmental and genetic factors can contribute to your risk for developing Anxiety Disorders.  Certain personality traits, traumatic childhood events, family history or physical conditions can put you at higher risk. This often begins during childhood and happens to nearly 30% of adults, so you are not alone.

Luckily, there are coping mechanisms to help you battle your Anxiety Disorder and qualified professionals who will be there for assistance.

Coping Strategies to help when you’re feeling anxious or stressed:

  • Take a time-out to do what you know relaxes youyoga, listen to music, meditate, get a massage?
  • Eat well-balanced, nourishing meals to keep your energy level stable.
  • Alcohol and caffeine can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks.
  • Get ample rest and additional sleep.
  • Exercise dailyto help you feel good and maintain your health.
  • Breathe, inhale and exhale slowly.
  • Count to 10 slowly, up to 20 if needed.
  • Accept your best rather than of aiming for perfection.
  • Accept that you cannot control everything.
  • Embrace humor.
  • Maintain a positive attitude.
  • Stay busy.
  • Understand what triggers your anxiety.
  • Talk to someone.Speaking to friends and family may help to some degree, but it is best to speak to a therapist for professional help.

 

Need a helping hand on discovering how to understand and manage your anxiety? You are far from alone. If you feel yourself struggling or overwhelmed with sadness, reach out us for professional help. Acknowledging a problem and seeking a solution is a first, positive step toward emotional wellness and peace of mind.

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