Anxiety Disorder can show up at any point in your life.
It is normal to feel anxious when you are about to face certain situations in life, such as speaking in public, a job interview, travelling to a country you have never been to. Everyone gets nervous or anxious from time to time.
If your worries are taking over or even interfering with your daily life, you may be suffering from anxiety.
It is important to learn what triggers your anxiety. Family, school, work or something else?
Anxiety comes in many forms:
- Panic Attacks
- Social Anxiety
The most common type of anxiety is excessive worry. Now what is too much?
It is hard to classify as everyone deals with anxiety and worry in their own way, but if your daily life is significantly filled with constant worry, causing suffering and dysfunction then you may be suffering from anxiety disorder.
I am not a doctor, so I can only share my thoughts and experiences, not offer medical advice.
Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?
- Panic –Accompanied by physical symptoms (shortness of breath, sweating, dizziness, and heart racing to name a few)
- Self-Consciousness – Trouble having one-on-one conversations, eating and drinking in front of others
- Sleep Problems – Constantly having trouble staying of falling asleep
- Irrational Fears – A constant feeling that something terrible is about to happen
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)/Flashbacks –Reliving a traumatic event
- Failure Of Making Mistakes (Perfectionism) – Judging yourself or anxiety about making mistakes or not being up to standard
- Compulsive Behaviour – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder falling into one of the following categories:
- Doubters and sinners
- Counters and arrangers
- Self Doubt – Second-guessing everything you do
Physical Symptoms Of Anxiety
Anxiety involves a range of physical symptoms which sufferers may mistake for a medical illness.
Common physical symptoms of anxiety include:
- Pounding heart
- Stomach upset
- Shortness of breath
- Frequent Urination
When you’re feeling anxious or stressed, these following strategies will help you cope:
- Learn what triggers your anxiety
- Take deep breaths
- Learn relaxation techniques
- Limit alcohol, nicotine and caffeine
- Daily exercise
- Listen to soothing music
- Get enough sleep
- Maintain a well-balanced diet
- Pay attention to the positive things in your life
- Accept that you cannot control everything
- Always talk to someone you trust – Friends or family
- Seek professional help
I am learning to chase my fears away. Replace fears and negative thoughts with positive affirmations.
- This will not happen overnight, so you have to make this a daily habit!
Try it. It works!
- Do you suffer from anxiety? Or know someone who does? How have you tried to help yourself or others? Please share you experiences with me.