8.1% of people age 18 and above in the United States are dealing with anxiety disorders, this means 40 million Americans are suffering from this mental disorder, alarming right? Well, it should be, because this could be a friend, family member, loved one, or even yourself.
In order to fully understand this issue one has to ask the question, what exactly is anxiety? It is brought about by stress or worrying that causes panic or fear. Although anxiety is a normal human emotion, it becomes a disorder when it persists for extended periods of time.
There are various forms of anxiety disorders like; social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, anxiety disorder triggered by phobias (specific phobia), substance-induced anxiety disorder amongst others.
Symptoms that indicate someone might be suffering from anxiety disorders include restlessness, hyperventilation, insomnia (in some cases), tiredness, edginess or nervousness, lack of concentration(the person finds themselves constantly distracted), muscular tightness, excessive sweating, depression, and problems with digestion.
People having issues with anxiety are likely to struggle with depression and substance abuse, in order to ‘take off the edge or mellow out.
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Causes of Anxiety Disorder
Anxiety disorder is caused by various things. Some could be environmental factors, medical conditions or even genetics. More causes include;
- Heart conditions
- Stress from work/ school
- Drug abuse and alcoholism
- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) can also be a cause of extreme anxiety disorder.
- OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), people with OCD tend to have a lot of anxiety issues.
- Financial problems
- Emotional distress from loss of a loved one, heartbreak, loneliness etc.
Needless to say, anxiety is a feeling that shouldn’t be left to fester; if a person has issues with anxiety, they should seek freedom from this condition. There are medications that help people struggling with anxiety to manage it. Some hospitals/health caregivers provide in-office dispensing of these drugs.
Here are some effective tips on how to manage anxiety.
Take a Break:
This is a very important tip to remember, give yourself a break! Most people try to fix things beyond their control. When things go wrong they blame themselves, causing more anxiety. Try to find a balance between being responsible and accepting that we are all humans and the attainment of perfection is maybe a gift only possessed by the divine. Always remember to give your best and whatever you can’t change find ways to make your peace with it. Learn to take a break from everything, especially when stress is piling up. Taking time to clear your head will help you arrive at a solution quicker.
Take a vacation from work. In our modern world where people are pushed intensely to deliver results at work, make good grades in school et cetera. So whenever you get to leave off work or a break, take a vacation. Travel somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit or take on that adventure you’ve always wanted to try. Doing this could make you see things differently and help you ‘unwind’.
Practice a Healthier Lifestyle
A healthier lifestyle promotes healthy living; devoid of anxiety. Most times we don’t eat healthy enough; empty calories or junk food impact negatively on us. For persons trying to manage stress this situation definitely does more harm than good.
You can begin today by making healthier choices like quitting unhealthy habits, eating healthy, and exercising. It has been scientifically proven that exercising helps to manage stress or anxiety.
Finding your Centre
There are various natural therapies out there that are very effective with handling anxiety and though it could also be considered as being under practicing a healthier lifestyle, finding one’s balance and inner “zen” can be considered as a tip on its own. Taking a yoga class can be very effective for people trying to kick anxiety, also practicing meditation and breathing exercise can clear the head pretty good. You can also try a special and exotic massage therapy like an Ayurvedic massage, this massage technique can help you relax your muscle and soothe your joints, and it can also help you clear your mind.
Most times it is discovered that the root of the anxiety comes from a deep inner fear which can be addressed by finding inner peace.
Talk to Someone:
Whether it involves talking to a professional or a trusted friend, sharing your burdens or telling someone about your constant feeling of anxiety could help you not only unburden your mind but it could also help you get a professional or fresh perspective. There is prescription medication to help you manage anxiety, but this will involve you seeing a physician or psychologist to get the right prescriptions. Some of these specialists provide in-office dispensing, this will make getting your medication less stressful.
Cultivate Positive Thinking
Positive thinking is a mental state of aligning with the positive regarding the past, present, and the future.
Think about it as a way of holding on to hope, that thing will improve for the better. Positive thinking is best cultivated in spite of existing facts or the present circumstances. What this does is mentally placing an individual in the position to make better choices that may lead to better living.
This works especially for anxiety because anxiety spins from the worry about the future. Keeping a brave front and a positive attitude about the future helps reduce anxiety to a great extent.
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