Do you ever find yourself tossing in your bed whole through the night without a single minute of sleep? Have you ever notice the increase rate of irritation over minute things? Do you ever feel yourself in a state of mind when you can’t help yourself from stop worrying about any particular thing? Do you ever discern the feeling of being on edge, even though the things go normal? The answer is “Yes”, we all have faced such questions in some or other point of our life. These symptoms are absolutely normal for a human being. But now the question is “How Often?” If you are facing these sort of expressions in your behavior in daily basis then it tends to become a disorder. These kind of active emotions or feelings are medically termed as Anxiety.
Many of us worry from time to time. We fret over finances, feel anxious about job interviews or get nervous about social gatherings, exams or first date. When we face any danger, our body’s automatic ‘fight-or-flight’ response is triggered as we feel threatened. So in moderation, anxiety is a healthy emotion to stay alert and focused, spur to motivate you to solve problems. But when anxiety is constant and overwhelming, then you are likely crossed the line of anxiety into the territory of an anxiety disorder.
As anxiety disorders are a set of related conditions so the symptoms may vary from person to person. One individual may suffer from intense anxiety attacks without any warning while other gets panicky at thought of mingling at a party. One may struggle to disable the fear of driving or uncontrollable and intrusive thoughts. Yet someone else may live in a state of constant tension and worrying about anything or everything. Despite being different forms of behavioral symptoms, all anxiety disorders illicit an intense fear or worry out of proportion to the running situation. A generalized anxiety disorder will often include the following-
Feelings of apprehension or dread
Anticipating the worst
Feeling tense and like on pins and needles
The above mentioned points put a glance over the emotional symptoms. But anxiety is more than just a feeling. As a product of body’s nervous system response, anxiety also includes a wide range of physical symptoms. Following are some syndromes-
Shortness of breath
Shaking or trembling
Muscle tension or twitching
Now let’s focus on some causes which inputs to aggravate the anxiety disorder. Following are some genuine reasons-
Environmental stress- like difficulties at work, relationship problems or family issues
Genetics- if people have family members experienced anxiety disorders will more likely to observe the symptoms on themselves
Medical factors- such as symptoms of different diseases, effects of a medication or stress of an intensive surgery or prolonged recovery
Brain Chemistry- many psychologists define anxiety disorders as misalignment of hormones and electrical signals in brain.
Withdrawal from a costumed or regular substance or habit-like if you are forced to intake some unusual food, work on a different culture etc.
The important thing is the practice to bring control over your mind. We simply let go our mind to run wherever it wants to. Every disorder has its treatment, some with real medication and some with defined physical action. Following are some treatment procedures which will help to limit the disorder-
Stress management- take some time off from regular air tight schedule from work or study for yourself. Go for family outing, make some unusual food, engage yourself with your passion apart from what you are doing to earn.
Relaxation techniques- Simple activities can help soothe the mental and physical signs of anxiety. These techniques include meditations, deep breathing exercises, long bath, resting in the dark and yoga.
Make a habit of replacing negative thoughts into positive ones- Make a list of negative thoughts that might be cycling as a result of anxiety and write down another list next to it that contains positive, believable thoughts to replace them. It will definitely help you to build a good mental image that can face and conquer a specific fear and provide benefits to anxiety symptoms.
Talk to supportive people- Be in touch with your family and closed friends who will listen to your problems, understand it and help you come out of it.
Exercise- Now a days it is tough to find time for some daily physical exercise. But if we consider it as a basic need of our body then only we can start at least. Physical exertion can improve self image and chemicals released in brain help to trigger the positive feelings.
Maintain a healthy diet- Don’t get addict to tea, cocoa, chocolate and alcohol. Increase intake of green veggies and fruits.
So dear readers, life is too small to live and there are plenty of things around this world to know and explore. Don’t always stick to any particular matter. Don’t overthink, rather think positive and engage yourself in good things. No doubt there will always remain negativity in our surroundings. But we have to fight for our own survival and a healthy mind and hence an energetic body only can bring all happiness what we desire.