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Have you ever been in an interview and all of a sudden felt lightheaded? Have you experienced fear of losing control when taking part of physical activities?

More and more people every day are experiencing anxiety, and some don’t even realize they have anxiety. Humans experience stress which creates anxiety. Anxiety forces people to pay attention to situations. Interesting enough, women are more likely to experience anxiety disorders than men. The disorder is treatable both naturally and with medication.

In addition, anxiety is more common than you think. It may be because of the fast-paced Western culture such as social media, work, and family issues. Nonetheless, there are a couple different types of anxiety disorders which will be discussed, and then there are also many natural remedies.

Types of Anxiety Disorders

  • Agoraphobia -Fear of going out in public. These people often never leave their home or do anything to avoid traveling outside their home.
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder -Excessive worry about daily activities. Often people have anxiety about daily responsibilities such as house chores, work, and family obligations.
  • Panic Disorder -Panic disorder is both physical and psychological distress. Some symptoms that might occur are sweating, trembling and shaking, chills, nausea, etc.
  • Phobias -Fear of a specific object or activity that isn’t harmful. Some examples are driving, flying, and snakes.
  • Separation Anxiety Disorder -Fearful or anxious about separation from a close person in your life.
  • Social Anxiety Disorder -Significant anxiety and discomfort about being embarrassed, humiliated and belittled in social gatherings. Some examples are: performing in front of a large crowd and meeting new people at a bar or club.

Anxiety Diagnosis

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If you have symptoms of any of these anxiety disorders, you should see a doctor in order to find out if there is a physical problem that is causing the anxiety.

After deciding on the route to take regarding taking medications or not, there are several natural remedies to help treat anxiety.

Natural Remedies to Help Treat Anxiety

  • Chamomile – From China to Latin America, the loose tea leaves are notorious for soothing and calming the mind and soul. For ages, the tea has been known for calming the nerves and helping people sleep at night. Tea is quite popular now, and chamomile is easy to find at any grocery store. Get out your favorite Disney cup, and steep a cup full of chamomile to calm your nerves.
  • Green Tea – There have been countless studies that show that green tea lowers a rising heart rate and blood pressure. To feel the results you’ll have to drink five cups of tea a day. From monks to yoga gurus, green tea is highly regarded as not only physically beneficial but also mentally.
  • Marijuana – In low doses, marijuana has been shown to reduce anxiety. Some users swear by it in order to calm their nerves and reduce anxiety and stress. Most states allow U.S. citizens to attain a marijuana medical card, which is beneficial in the case that you do have anxiety. Indicas might be more beneficial to people who have anxiety than sativas. Medical marijuana may also be a treatment for social anxiety disorder, but please do your research to find which type fits you the best.
  • Exercise – Most people exercise because they want to lose weight. But in fact, there are people who report feeling less stressed after they exercise. Working out is a great antidote to depression and anxiety. If people work out on a consistent basis, it will make them feel healthier both physically and mentally. People should choose an activity they enjoy the most because it will lead to an overall positive attitude. Some exercise activities are Zumba, lifting weights, running, cycling, biking, hiking, dancing, snowboarding, and climbing.
  • Meditation – There are so many apps now that teach the practice of meditation. It is even easier to rent a book at the library to learn more about meditation. What is it? Well, meditation is basically the practice of paying attention and it helps people be in the present moment. Meditation is one of the top ways doctors use to treat people with anxiety disorders. The practice has received lots of attention recently across universities and hospitals, even though the meditation has been around for centuries.
  • Essential Oils – Using essential oils throughout the day at times when you feel stressed can help ease your anxiety. Lavender oil has been shown to reduce anxiety and help calm the mind. Using lavender oil can also be beneficial at night because it calms and relaxes the body. It comes in various forms like a spray bottle or glass container. You can lather the oil in your hands, and rub it on your neck and chest. Or you can place a few drops in an oil diffuser at work or in your room. They are accessible at grocery stores like Whole Foods and of course Amazon.

Find Out The Cause of Your Anxiety

Find out the root cause of the anxiety you are feeling. If a job is creating stress and anxiety it is important to find a way to relieve your mind when you encounter the stressful situations on the job. If matters get worse, then find another job. Jobs are everywhere and stress shouldn’t be a factor.

For those who are experiencing social anxiety disorder, make sure to practice mindful meditation. It is the practice of paying attention to what is inside and outside of you. A situation that might occur is if you are having a social anxiety attack, first you need to acknowledge it, and then you need to find a way to calm your nerves. Be mindful of how your body is reacting to the situation. I know it sounds easier than it sounds, but like everything else it takes practice.

Make sure to take matters into your own hands, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above it is your responsibility to see a doctor and find out more information on how to best handle the disorder.


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Stress is a natural part of life and was designed to protect our bodies from emergencies or threats. By releasing ‘fight or flight’ hormones when stimulated, the stress reflex can give you the push you need to flee from danger or to ready yourself for confrontation. However, many people experience stress in situations that are not a threat to their survival and the stress response gets out of control. Chronic stress involves repeated exposure to people or situations that cause us to release stress hormones. People who are in unhealthy relationships or work in high-pressure careers are especially susceptible to chronic stress and may find it affecting their overall quality of life.

Symptoms of chronic stress include anxiety, irritability, headaches, fatigue, and depression. If the stress is not eased, it will start to affect overall health and can lead to the following:

Effects of Stress

  • Breathing problems: When you have a stress response, your body attempts to distribute oxygen-rich blood to your organs through rapid breathing. If you have a condition that affects your breathing such as asthma or emphysema, stress can make it worse.
  • High blood pressure: Another way your body tries to distribute blood to where it needs to go during times of stress is by increasing your heart rate. This can lead to high blood pressure and eventually to heart or blood vessel problems.
  • Development of Type 2 Diabetes:  When you need a boost of energy during stressful events, your body produces extra blood sugar. If this happens too frequently, your body may not be able to keep up with the glucose surge and you risk developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Compromised immune system:  Stress stimulates the immune system, which can be a plus in the short-term and helps you avoid infections and heal from injury. However, chronic stimulation will eventually weaken your system and leave you more vulnerable to illness, viruses, infections, and disease. Chronic stress is a factor in developing cancer, heart disease, and hundreds of other conditions.

Stress Management Tips

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Busy professionals are at risk for chronic stress due to their high-pressure careers and the constant juggling of work with home and personal demands. It’s easy to burn out when you try to be a leader at the office all day only to come home and face making dinner, cleaning the house, and getting the kids to their after-school activities. Here are some stress management tips that can help you cope.

  • Build in time for yourself: It’s easy to put your own needs last when you’re a busy professional and parent. However, when you don’t take time for yourself, you never get a chance to unwind and release the buildup of stress. Try claiming one evening a week as ‘me time’ and spend it reading, taking a bath, walking, or performing any other activity you find particularly relaxing.
  • Learn when to say no: It’s healthy to set boundaries at work, at home, and in your social circles. Many people create their own stress by committing to multiple activities or projects that take up all their time and energy. Choose projects that truly matter to you or that bring you joy and say no to the rest.
  • Delegate or ask for help: Many professionals feel uncomfortable asking for help or delegating tasks as it represents a loss of control. It’s vital that you know when your plate is full and you need to bring others in on a project. In most cases, you can find someone at the office or in your circle who is more qualified for certain jobs than you are. When you ask for help, you reduce stress and sometimes end up with a better result than if you did the work yourself.
  • Consider counseling: If stress management was easy, we would all be great at it! Unfortunately, stress can be tricky to manage and major lifestyle changes are often necessary to achieve real relief. Working with a counselor can help you identify the habits and thought patterns that are adding to your stress levels. A counselor can also help you create healthier thoughts and behaviors.

Stress Management Activities

There are a number of activities you can perform that will lower your stress levels. It’s important to choose activities that you personally enjoy and that make you feel relaxed and energized. Some activities that your friends or co-workers swear by may actually cause you to stress, so it’s imperative to find what works for you. Here are some activities that might fit into a low-stress lifestyle.

  • Yoga: Yoga is a combination of controlled breathing, stretching, and mindfulness that has been proven to lower blood pressure and heart rate and reduce stress. Not only is yoga great for stress, but it’s also healthy for your joints and muscles and can be performed by anyone no matter their physical condition.
  • Exercise: Everyone knows that exercise is healthy for their bodies and minds, but many don’t find time to incorporate it into their schedules. Something as simple as a fifteen-minute walk in the morning can be effective in reducing stress and improving cardiovascular health.
  • Meditation: Meditation helps you deal with overthinking or negative emotions and gives you strategies to reduce stress and induce relaxation. Whether you choose guided meditation through apps or videos or just give yourself quiet time without distractions, meditation is a lifelong habit that has been proven to improve quality of life and overall wellness.
  • Hobbies: What gives you joy and makes you feel good about life? Do you enjoy reading, painting, woodworking, or cooking? Developing personal hobbies is an essential part of a fulfilling life. When you have hobbies to look forward to, you are better able to handle the everyday stresses of life and will be better prepared to deal with especially stressful events.

Our bodies were never meant to experience chronic stress. As a busy professional, it can be difficult to create a lifestyle that incorporates personal time for hobbies, meditation, or relaxation. However, once you realize the negative impact stress has on your health and happiness, you will see that it’s imperative to develop effective stress-manage techniques. If you need help managing your stress or would like to talk with a counselor, please reach out to one of our trained professionals.


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We all experience varying levels of anxiety throughout our lives. A new job, the birth of a child, or stressful relationships can cause brief periods of worry and anxiety that affect our overall quality of life. Anxiety can actually have many positive effects—if it doesn’t get out of control. A healthy amount of anxiety can push us out of our comfort zone, enhance performance, and give us a boost of energy when we need it the most.

Normal anxiety can also act as a protective mechanism and prevent us from getting hurt. Anxiety about spiders or strangers may keep us from getting a deadly bite or getting mugged in a dark alley. As an ordinary response to life experiences, anxiety can be a useful ally. However, it can easily spiral out of control and have a negative impact on our well-being.

Normal Anxiety Symptoms

Worrying about an upcoming situation or event is something we’ve all experienced. A big test, job interview, high school reunion, or presentation at work can easily send the most well-adjusted individual into a tailspin of ‘what-ifs’.

Negative news is also a common cause of anxiety. Diagnosis of an illness, a death in the family, a job loss, or a phone call from a school principal are likely to cause anxiety in anyone whose life is affected by the news.

However, those who experience anxiety in a normal fashion find a way to cope with the situation or news in a way that does not interfere with their daily lives. Once the event has passed or the news has settled in, the anxiety fades along with it.

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5 Treatable Anxiety Symptoms

In some cases, anxiety does not ease when a stressful situation is over. In other cases, anxiety arises even when there is not a stressful situation or event. If anxiety lasts for more than a year and is enough to interfere with living a normal life, it may be classified as Generalized Anxiety Disorder or GAD. Five symptoms of GAD are:

Inability to relax or enjoy time by yourself

Those who experience GAD have a difficult time relaxing or spending time enjoying hobbies or alone time. Distractions such as work or taking care of a family may ease intrusive thoughts for a period of time, but any relaxation time is interrupted by worry and negative thoughts.

Uncontrollable thoughts

We all have unwanted thoughts every now and then, but those with GAD often have thoughts they view as uncontrollable. These thoughts take over and the sufferer is unable to find ways to quiet them or think about other things.

Avoiding people or situations

Many people with GAD feel their anxiety is triggered by certain situations or people. This may cause them to avoid going to social functions, seeing friends or family, or even leaving the house. Anxiety and depression are closely linked in those who avoid social interaction.

A constant feeling of apprehension or dread

Those with GAD have a pervasive pit in their stomach and feel like ‘the other shoe is about to drop’ even when there is no evidence to support it. They may wake in the middle of the night with a feeling of impending doom or be apprehensive about future negative events that may never take place.

Physical symptoms

Stress and anxiety have very real physical effects on our bodies. The constant strain of uncontrollable worry often causes gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea or IBS. Those with GAD may also have frequent aches and pains and tightness in their muscles.

Treatments for Anxiety

Though Generalized Anxiety Disorder is a disruptive condition that can seriously affect overall well-being, it is highly treatable. Once an experienced doctor who specializes in mood disorders has diagnosed GAD, he or she can develop a treatment plan. This may include:

Relaxation strategies

Learning how to quiet the mind and focus on breathing is often a powerful coping mechanism for those who experience an excess of anxiety. Meditation, yoga, and deep breathing exercises can help the sufferer deal with uncontrollable thoughts and relax their bodies and minds. Relaxation strategies are usually not enough on their own to help those suffering from GAD and are most often used in conjunction with another form of treatment.

Counseling

A counselor or therapist can assist an individual with GAD by helping them recognize thinking patterns that cause anxiety. They can then help the individual develop coping strategies that head off unwanted thoughts before they lead to the emotions that cause anxiety. They can also offer a trained opinion on reasons behind the irrational thoughts and help uncover past traumas that could lead to anxiety. In many cases, counseling and therapy are enough to help an individual on the path to recovery.

Support Groups

Knowing you are not alone is an important part of any anxiety-related disorder. Support groups can be very helpful for GAD sufferers by giving them an opportunity to meet others who share their anxieties. They can share their stories with those who understand, learn from each other, and get the support they need to begin healing. Those with GAD sometimes feel more comfortable with an online support group rather than one that meets in person and can maintain their anonymity while getting valuable support.

Medication

If counseling and relaxation strategies do not have the desired results, medication may be used to treat GAD. Though usually the last option, medication can have a big impact on obsessive thoughts and worry and lead to better sleep and management of symptoms. If the disorder is especially intense and the sufferer is unable to cope with work or family obligations, medication may be used at the beginning of treatment and gradually tapered off as other treatments start making a difference.

Anxiety should never control your life. The above five symptoms are warning signs that your anxiety has gotten out of control. If you believe you are suffering from an anxiety disorder that is having a negative impact on your quality of life, you should know that you are not alone and that help is available at EZCare Clinic. If you’d like to talk to a professional about your anxiety.

5 Effective Tips for Anxiety Management

Stress Management Tips for Busy Professionals

5 Effective Tips for Anxiety Management


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