Having trouble sleeping?
You may be having anxiety.
Anxiety is a mental health disorder and a worldwide dilemma that affects a large number of people around the globe. It is a broad term that refers to anxiety levels, from mild to extreme.
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Causes and Symptoms
It can be caused by external factors:
– Stress at work or personal relationships
– Internal- like fear or self-judgement
There are many symptoms of anxiety, which range from mild to severe.
These symptoms vary from person to person and may include:
– Trouble sleeping or staying asleep
– Racing heartbeats
– Poor appetite
– Concentration problems
– Feelings of restlessness or agitation
– Difficulty in breathing/ swallowing/shortness of breath/wheezing, etc.
If you experience any one or more of the symptoms mentioned above regularly, it may be an indication that you have anxiety.
What do anxiety problems feel like?
Well, to be sure, it doesn’t feel good at all.
Its symptoms begin affecting an individual’s daily activities, such as work or socializing. It can affect anyone at any stage in life but is mainly seen in adults during late adulthood or middle-aged years.
In most cases, these disorders are characterized by intense phobias and fear that may relate to past unpleasant events in life. The symptoms may be mild and sporadic for some people, while for others, they may be severe and debilitating.
It’s difficult to pinpoint the source or exact root cause of anxiety.
Still, several common triggers can set it off (e.g., stress from work or family life, genetics, childhood trauma, brain chemistry, physical illness etc.) Some people attempt to manage their symptoms by self-medicating with alcohol or drugs. However, it only worsens the situation.
The best way to conquer anxiety disorder is through understanding it as well as seeking professional help when required – especially if its symptoms begin affecting daily activities such as work or socializing.
How to overcome anxiety?
As with any disorder, conquering anxiety requires a combination of self-help, support from loved ones, and professional treatment. Using these strategies, you can overcome anxiety symptoms and live a more fulfilling life.
1. Start the day by taking a few deep breaths
We know that anxiety can be really tough to deal with, and sometimes it can feel like it’s impossible to get out of bed and face the day. Trust us, being mindful of our breathing goes a long way.
Start your day with this simple exercise:
Step 1: Inhale through your nose
Step 2: Hold for a few seconds
Step 3: And then exhale slowly through your mouth.
Repeat a few times and notice how it helps you feel more calm.
2. Get moving
Exercise has been shown to be an effective way to reduce anxiety.
Even a short walk or some gentle stretching can help to release tension in your body and calm your mind.
3. Limit caffeine and sugar
Both caffeine and sugar can exacerbate anxiety symptoms, so try to limit your intake if possible. Opt for herbal tea or water instead of coffee or soda, and choose whole foods instead of processed snacks.
4. Consider journaling
Write down your thoughts and feelings, and try to identify any patterns or triggers that might be contributing to your anxiety.
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5. Connect with others
Social support can be a powerful tool in managing anxiety. Reach out to a friend or family member, or consider joining a support group or online community.
How to know if you have anxiety?
If you’re struggling to regulate your emotions, it may be best to consult a mental health professional.
Anxiety symptoms can vary from person to person, as mentioned before. Still, some of the most common symptoms include constantly feeling on edge or tense, avoiding certain people or situations, difficulty concentrating, being restless and easily irritated.
Suppose you think you may have an anxiety disorder. In that case, it’s essential to see a mental health professional who can help identify the underlying cause of your anxiety and provide treatment accordingly.
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Remember, it’s okay to take things one step at a time. You don’t have to overcome anxiety all at once.
By taking small steps, you can start to feel more in control and less overwhelmed.
And if you ever need support, don’t hesitate to reach out to a therapist or our online anonymous support group.
You’re not alone in this. 🙂
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