When Anxiety Sends You Running for Cover | Health Solution

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When an individual faces potential harm or worrying triggers, feelings of anxiety are normal and necessary for survival.

The dictionary defines anxiety as a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease about something with an uncertain outcome. Feeling anxious is a normal and healthy emotion. When an individual faces potential harm or worrying triggers, feelings of anxiety are normal and necessary for survival. 

It’s the body’s response to fear, environmental stress, family issues, work-related matters, relationship troubles, symptoms of a disease, speaking in public, and difficulty to sleep after a traumatic experience are all healthy and normal.

Usually, the stress or anxious feelings fade once the situation has passed or the factor is removed, but once it persists and then poses as a threat to our everyday lives then this disproportionate level of anxiety is a condition called anxiety disorder.

One thing peculiar to anxiety disorder is that it severely affects a person’s life, it gets to a persistent, uncontrollable and overwhelming state and just like cancer, heart disease, and other physical disorder, it is very real and should be treated with urgency.

When everyday activities are distorted like avoiding social situations, fear of being judged, embarrassed or humiliated, out-of-the-blue panic attacks, irrational fear of a place or object that poses little or no threat, recurring flashbacks or recurring nightmares of traumatic events that happened months or years back, then you need to seek help.

More often, individuals with certain personalities like perfectionists, low self-esteem, people who are timid, often perplexed and controlling easily develop an anxiety disorder.

Thankfully there is an easy treatment for this, but the first big step is realizing it’s a condition that needs a remedy and then knowing how to control it so it doesn’t gain control over you.

Other treatments include:

1. Yoga
2. Relaxation techniques: reading a book, taking a hobby, etc
3. Stress management: getting enough rest etc
5. Having a positive attitude
6. Practising gratitude
7. Good diet
8. Reducing intake of caffeine, alcohol and stopping hard drugs
9. Being around family and friends that makes you happy
10. And getting medical treatment in severe conditions.

When we catch ourselves worrying about anything, tell yourself it solves nothing but rather steals your peace. 

Learn to take a deep breath, and look at the bright side. 

Life is too short to spend it worrying and as the holy book says “Be Anxious For Nothing “.

Author: Nelly Ebi

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