Feeling anxious now and then is a normal emotion. You might feel nervous tackling a work problem, a weighty decision, an important test, or facing a confrontation with another person. This is NORMAL.
Anxiety disorders are different from daily nervousness. They are a type of illnesses, whose’ distress may strangle-hold you from carrying on with a normal life.
For people who have one, worry and fear are constant and overwhelming, and can be disabling. With treatment, most people can manage those feelings and return to a fulfilling life. Where medical professionals differ is in the treatment of these disorders.
“Types of Disorders
Anxiety disorder is an umbrella term that includes different conditions:
• Panic disorder. You feel terror that strikes at random. During a panic attack, you may also sweat, have chest pain, and feel palpitations (unusually strong or irregular heartbeats). Sometimes you may feel like you’re choking or having a heart attack.
• Social anxiety disorder. Also called social phobia, this is when you feel overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations. You fixate about others judging you or on being embarrassed or ridiculed.
• Specific phobias. You feel intense fear of a specific object or situation, such as heights or flying. The fear goes beyond what’s appropriate and may cause you to avoid ordinary situations.
• Generalized anxiety disorder. You feel excessive, unrealistic worry and tension with little or no reason.”
If you’re not sure if you have an anxiety disorder, you can take this test from The Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
Anxiety Management Tips!
First off, treat yourself with gentle respect. The world we live in today invites many opportunities for stressful lives, situations and exhaustion. But there are several positive things we can do to manage anxieties and relieve the body from the fight response. Check to see that you’re a steward of your own health:
• Sleep – Are you getting enough? Is it uninterrupted? Focus on eliminating what you can that maybe robbing your sleep.
• Exercise 20 minutes a day– Walking, dancing, yoga, stretching, gardening, jogging…find something you like to do and do it daily. This kicks in the good hormones and circulates blood and oxygen to the body.
• Seek Help – Sometimes including another perspective, perhaps a professional without the emotional connection to the angst can offer new ideas and tools for coping.
• Watch your diet– Nutritionally starved cells can deplete the body’s ability to cope with stress and trigger an anxiety attack. Replacing caffeine, sugar and processed foods for whole fruits and vegetables and healthy fats go a long way to rebalancing the nutrition in the body. Become a home-chef!
• Eliminate Stress in your life – There are so many stresses we can’t control, but there are also many tensions we can eliminate. Our motto is do more of what you love and less of what you don’t. That might mean changing, jobs, friends, living situations, relationships and asking for help. It might be as simple as putting yourself at the top of the priority list. Consider regular massage, chiropractic and acupuncture.
• Vitamins and minerals- Don’t under-estimate the value of a good multi-vitamin, increasing water, and experimenting with herbs and supplements. If you’re tired all the time, perhaps it’s time to talk to your doctor or consider an Iron supplement. Supplemental support like CBD capsules to rebalance the body, protein drinks with mixed greens, and replenishing the calcium/magnesium/potassium balance are great first steps!
• Play- Learn something new, call up a friend, write thank you notes, go shopping, try something you haven’t tried before. It’s great for your mind, your little inner person needs to step away from the commitments of life and simply play. Build boundaries around work and play. Don’t work when you should be playing and focus when you should be working. Don’t let the two mix, or your life becomes a blur and playing gets left out. We all need to do more playing.
Learn to work to live, not live to work.
Everyone is different, every anxiety is different and managing it is as unique as each individual. Trying one or several of these above ideas may just be your natural remedy that works.
Anxiety happens to all of us at one time or another. Be kind to yourself, don’t stay stuck, ask for help, and watch the things we’ve talked about above. You’ve got this!