Facts on Coping With Anxiety
by Sterlin Mosley, at LiveStrong.com
1. A Little Anxiety Is Normal
Anxiety is a normal human emotion that most people experience at some point in their lives. Anxiety is really a fear reaction and typically occurs when centered around something that stresses a person out. Some individuals find public speaking provokes anxiety, while others may find being alone is what triggers anxiety. Anxiety causes both emotional and physiological responses in the body. Eliminating anxiety totally from one’s life is unrealistic, but you do not have to tolerate chronic or pervasive worry.
2. Anxiety Is Different From Full-Blown Panic
Some individuals find that anxiety causes very strong physical reactions that mimic extremely fearful situations. Shortness of breath, stomach cramps, shaking, nausea and hot or cold flashes can accompany anxiety. Some people find their anxiety to be inappropriate for the situation they are in, such as going to the grocery store or finding a suitable outfit to wear to work. Anxiety rarely causes serious physical problems unless it escalates into full-blown panic. However, anxiety seems to be more low-grade and nagging than panic attacks.
3. Frequent Anxiety Warrents Treatment
Some people find their anxiety to be debilitating and chronic. Anxiety disorders rank with depression as two of the most frequently diagnosed mental disorders in the United States. General anxiety disorder is a feeling of anxiety when no apparent reason exists. When your anxious feelings become too frequent, chronic, random and socially or personally debilitating, you could have an anxiety disorder. You can treat this disorder with medication and psychotherapy.
4. Defend Against Anxiety With a Healthy Body and Mind
Normal anxiety can be dealt with fairly simply with a bit of work and knowledge of relaxation techniques. A proper diet, relatively free of alcohol or caffeine, is a great place to begin helping anxious reactions. Learning how to relax through exercise or meditation techniques is a wonderful way to discharge excessive energy that could be causing anxiety. For many people, deep breathing exercises have done wonders in helping them manage the physical and psychological problems during an anxiety attack. Talking with a trusted friend or simply taking some time to relax and enjoy your life are good tactics as well.
5. Anxiety Can Be Helped Through Therapy
Living with chronic anxiety can cause depression, high blood pressure, migraines, intestinal problems and insomnia. Determining when it’s time to seek professional help for an anxiety problem is something every anxiety sufferer must make for themselves. Psychotherapy and counseling are a great way to navigate some of the psychological issues surrounding anxiety and help trace its beginnings. Medication therapy has proven especially helpful for some patients who find the anxiety extremely uncomfortable and debilitating. Ask your physician to recommend a counselor or search for one yourself if you find living with your anxiety is no longer manageable on your own.
About this Author
Sterlin Mosley holds a Bachelor’s degree in English writing and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in human relations where he focuses on counseling psychology. His research interests include personality psychology and mental health pathology.