If one is prone to anxious thoughts or feeling stressed or if you find yourself generally overwhelmed, there are some comfortable and practical strategies might help. We will all feel anxious at some time in life. Few Daily stressors like traffic jams and deadlines are enough to get anyone hot under the collar.
Whenever you feel either anxious or stressed, if it’s physical or psychological, your brain thinks it is in danger and starts sending signals to your cells to release potent stress hormones.
SYMPTOMS OF ANXIETY:
Most of us experience anxiety at some or the other point in our lives.
As, anxiety is a quite normal response to some of our stressful life events which include moving, changing jobs or having financial troubles. But, when symptoms of anxiety become larger than the events, they begin to interfere with your life, they could be any signs of anxiety disorders
Excessive worrying is one of the common symptoms of an anxiety disorder. When suffering associated with anxiety disorders, it is disproportionate to the events that trigger it and this typically occurs in response to normal, everyday situations.
When a person is feeling anxious, it is a part of their sympathetic nervous system that overdrives.
This feeling also kicks off a cascade of effects throughout the body, some of which are a racing pulse, sweaty palms, shaky hands, and dry mouth.
The occurrence of these symptoms is because your brain believes you have sensed danger, and it must prepare your body to react to the threat.
This is another common symptom of anxiety, which is seen mostly in children and teens.
When a person is experiencing restlessness, they describe it as feeling “on edge” or having an “uncomfortable urge to move.”
This symptom does not occur in all people with anxiety, it is one of the red flags that doctors frequently look for when making a diagnosis.
Being fatigued most often is another potential symptom of generalized anxiety disorder.
This symptom may be surprising to some, cause anxiety is commonly associated with hyperactivity or arousal.
For a few people, fatigue follows an anxiety attack, while for others, the fatigue could also be chronic.
Waking up suddenly in the middle of the night and having trouble falling asleep again are the two most commonly reported problems.
There is this type of anxiety disorder, also called panic disorder is associated with recurring panic attacks. These attacks produce an intense, overwhelming sensation of fear that often can be debilitating.
This kind of extreme fear is accompanied by
shortness of breath,
fear of dying
Fear of losing control
CAUSES FOR ANXIETY:
Anxiety might be by a mental condition or a physical condition or by the effects of drugs, or by a combination of all these. the initial task of the doctor is to see if anxiety is a symptom of any another medical condition.
Few Common causes of anxiety include some of these mental conditions:
Panic disorder: In addition to anxiety, here are some common symptoms of panic disorders are palpitations (feeling your heart beat), dizziness, and shortness of breath.
Above are common external factors can cause anxiety:
Stress at work
Stress from school
Stress in one’s personal relationship like marriage
Stress from any emotional trauma such as the death of a loved one
Stress from a serious medical illness
The side effect of medication
Use of any illicit drug, like cocaine
HOW TO OVERCOME ANXIETY:
Overcoming anxiety is not so difficult too. Here are 6 steps to overcome anxiety:
A number of general steps that can be taken into consideration in dealing with anxiety. The steps mentioned above are by Dr. Leahy’s recommendations:
You will have to Recognise what your anxiety is and what triggers your anxiety it may be fear of meeting others, traveling, fear of heights, talking with your boss, and also worrying about the future, etc. One can also Keep a Diary of feelings and also record situations, symptoms, and thoughts that can make you feel uneasy, dizzy, nauseated, unable to sleep, etc.
2. Know what are your thoughts when you are anxious? You may try to identify specific thought distortions. cognitive therapy helps to recognize anxiety as a result of biases in thinking.
These may include:
Fortune-telling’s by ‘something bad will happen.’
Mind-reading if ‘he thinks I am a loser’
Catastrophic thinking is thinking ‘it would be terrible if’
Personalizing by thinking, ‘she’s yawning because I am boring.’
These may reflect your perception and also belief that you need to control things.
3. By challenging your negative thinking. There is quite a different way to view things. You may Look at the evidence for and which are against your negative thoughts. Try to Challenge these thoughts. You can also challenge yourself by thinking, “what kind of advice would I give a friend?”
4. You will have to practice your fear by Identifying some of the situations that bother you. Visualize in detail by facing the fear and also by getting through it.
5. You have to be willing to be anxious in order to overcome anxiety. One can’t get past it if you are not willing to go through it.
6. You have to Accept imperfection and uncertainty as You don’t have to be perfect to make progress.