Feeling anxious is a normal human reaction when experiencing problems or distress. Usually, the anxiety goes away over time or as soon as the problem is resolved. This should not be a cause for worry. However, when the anxiety escalates to a level beyond one’s control or when one’s day-to-day functions are impaired because of this emotion, then it may be an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety Disorders come in different kinds that include social anxiety, panic disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. If you suspect that you are suffering from this condition, you need to seek professional help immediately. In the meantime, relieve the symptoms with these tips.
Stop the Worrier Attitude
Probably the most common cause of anxiety is uncertainty. Some people find it hard to come terms with the fact that things happen beyond one’s control. These people, usually those who are chronic worriers, have difficulty with doubt, risks and unpredictability. They usually succumb to worrying in order to stop unpleasant circumstances from happening. But this causes stress along the way and prevents a person from enjoying the nice things that he/she has in present. Accept that things always don’t go as planned.
Work Hard, Play Harder
If you’re a hardworking person, then good for you. You are probably on your way to achieving your goals and dreams. But wait, is your job (or your business) constantly causing you stress and anxiety? Remember, all the money you earn would be futile if you’re just going to spend them all on psychiatric treatment if you succumb to anxiety disorder. As early as now, relieve your symptoms by giving yourself a break once in a while. Do things that you enjoy doing – get a massage, go out with friends, listen to soothing music, join a dance class, engage in sports, get into gardening, do DIY (do-it-yourself) or creative art projects, knit a quilt, or learn a foreign language. Anything that can take your mind off stress and worries will be a good diversion for you.
A well balanced diet plays a huge role in keeping anxiety levels down. Begin the day right with a healthy breakfast composed of a high-fiber food like oatmeal, fruits and cereals. Eat plenty of foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It is also a great idea to eat a lot of complex carbohydrates that do not only maintain proper levels of sugar but also release serotonin in the body. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that has calming effects.
It would be best to limit intake of sugar and caffeine, and avoid alcohol altogether. Caffeine can only make anxiety worse, provoke panic attacks, and make it difficult for you to sleep. Sugar, meanwhile, gives a fake rush that crashes down instantly, making you feel emotionally and physically drained. Drinking to ease problems is never a good idea because alcohol only temporarily reduces anxiety then aggravates symptoms once the effect wears off.
If you’re not keen in exercising, here’s a good reason to get off the couch and start moving.
Exercise is a natural mood booster. It is effective in reducing anxiety and releasing tension. It also helps physical and mental energy as well as release feel-good chemicals from the brain, otherwise known as endorphins.
Go out for some brisk walking, invite friends to go jogging with you, or play tennis or golf with your workmates. It doesn’t matter how you do it. As long as it’s a moderate physical exercise, it’s good for you.