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What is Anxiety?
There are jitters - those that you feel when you’re about to go on stage for a presentation, or those you feel when you see your crush and are afraid of what he/she thinks. And then there is anxiety - a condition that causes fear, nervousness, or general apprehension and worry. Those affected by anxiety know that it does not only affect a person mentally, it can also affect the person in such a way that he’d feel physical pain. It makes a person feel agitated, and may not help him sleep, which, of course, would affect his everyday life. When this happens, it means that a person is already suffering from severe anxiety.
But, here is the good news:
1. It’s normal to feel anxious. We are human beings, not machines. When we leave our comfort zone, we naturally experience fear, and from this point we start to grow, this is human nature.
2. You can get your anxiety under your control. And you’ll definitely do so with this anxiety guidebook, which provides you with ideas on how to both prevent and handle your anxiety. You can benefit from your fight with anxiety. Once you get rid of it, you will be able to possess tools and knowledge, to grow and boost your full potential. So, relax and enjoy reading!
Though, there are some upsides even for a mental illness like Anxiety Disorders.
- Anxiety Disorder has a lot of benefits, science says.
Instead of trying to constantly cheer yourself up, and you fail badly at it many times, maybe it is time to consider the benefits of anxiety.
What are the symptoms?
So, how do you know that you are already suffering from anxiety? These symptoms are often called “alarm reactions”, whenever a person feels threatened or fearful. Basically, alarm reactions are actions that may help people protect themselves in threatening situations.
•Sweating. Because sweating cools the body down, it would be difficult for another person, or even an animal to attack a person.
•Light-headiness or Dizziness. When someone feels dizzy, blood circulates faster and in turn, oxygen is distributed throughout the body—and that’s why your mind may feel tired.
•Rapid Breathing. Rapid breathing is caused by the rapid beating of the heart. Just like dizziness, it helps blood circulate more throughout your body, especially towards essential organs, which will help you run away in case of danger.
•Nausea. The feeling of being nausea-tic happens when the body shuts down the process of digestion, since it’s not necessarily needed for survival, and that’s why you usually feel this way whenever you feel upset.
•Tightness of Chest. This is caused by breathing rapidly because of muscle tension.
•Heaviness of Legs. There is an increased tension of leg muscles because of trying to be ready for the flight or fight response.
•Brighter Vision. In order to make sure that one sees clearly, the pupils naturally dilate so that more light could be taken in.
•Numbness. You may also feel numb, mainly due to hyperventilation, when you suffer from anxiety. This is because of how your nerve endings react because blood flows through the body in a way that’s much faster than usual.
Types of Anxiety Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
This happens when a person feels tense or fearful and so much worried about everyday situations. When their worries are provoked, they might do drastic things, such as hurt themselves.
Phobias are probably the most common kinds of anxiety disorders as mostly everyone suffers from them. Basically, phobias are your intense fear of certain things or situations, such as heights, dogs, snakes, crowds, flying, etc. When you feel like you wouldn’t be able to function once you’re in a situation where the feared object is present, it means that you are suffering from a phobia.
Social Anxiety Disorder
This means that you may have an overwhelming fear about social situations, even the smallest things such as paying for food at a restaurant, talking to strangers, or basically just having to talk to people face to face. This anxiety disorder stems from the fear of being judged, or fear of being embarrassed because of who and what you are.
When a person suffers from panic disorders, he may suddenly feel fearful, even if he’s in a good mood. It’s as if the panic strikes even if there is no reason for it to strike. This way, a person may find it hard to breathe, or feel like he is choking. Others may even feel like they are suffering from heart attacks. Some also say that the situation makes them feel “crazy”.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
This happens after a traumatic or life-threatening situation, such as being involved in an accident, breaking up with your significant other, family issues, death of someone close to you, and the likes. When a person suffers from this, he may suffer from nightmares, flashbacks, and being easily startled, which makes it hard for him to go forth with his day.
If you can relate to any of these, don’t worry, keep reading!
Get over your worries
It would be good to jot down your worries and reflect about them, so that you’d understand that they can be solved and then ask yourself some questions that are related to your worries, such as:
- Do you really think that this thing you’re worrying about will happen, and why?
- Are you worried about something real, or is it all just in your mind?
- Is there something you can do to prevent the problem from happening, or is it out of your control?
- Why exactly are you worried?
- What situations affect you?
- Which kind of people make you anxious?
- Are you taking good care of yourself?
- Do you always feel overworked?
- Do you feel undeserving or unappreciated or unwanted?
- What makes you so scared?
- Do you feel like you’re not getting enough emotional support?
- Why do you think that it’s important to be certain about everything in life?
- Do you think that it’s possible to be sure about everything?
- Why do you always think that bad things will happen?
- Do you think you can still live your life, even if you’re not certain about everything?
- Do you think you’re helping yourself by worrying?
With the help of these questions, you can come to terms with your worries, and understand that some of them may probably just be in your mind, so you can relax!
Don’t prioritize your worries because really, there are so many other things that you could focus on—so deal with those.
That one Anxiety Quote which helped me start my healing journey.
© 2014 Ensorcelie
Naz on September 07, 2020:
I am going through terrible depression
Sharlee on September 09, 2019:
I appreciate your article, it was very informative, and really gave good information on anxiety. Very helpful...
Jade on June 11, 2018:
This help me a lot, thanks
Betty -- 5/27/18 on May 27, 2018:
I get panic attacks when I am a passenger in a car. The sound of the speed brings it on - like we are going to crash into something. My children don't "Get it", and are angry with me. I have missed out on a lot of trips because of this condition. It has been going on for about 12-15 years. I took Anxiety classes from a Psychologist - but it didn't help me. I am lucky I can drive myself OK. My symptoms are: heart pounding, feel nauseous, head is spinning and I can't hear or comprehend what anyone is telling me and I really want to just get out of the car. I wish I didn't develop this condition as it has limited my life and I've missed out on many fun trips. 5/27/18
Marie on March 30, 2017:
Ensorcelie (author) from Albania on March 09, 2017:
sandy on March 09, 2017:
Feliciabrownjohnson on November 12, 2016:
"Every day is its Own day.
It's not yesterday . .. that one is why God created Memories
It's not tomorrow . ... that one is why God created Faith
Each day deserves its own time to be...
Today is why God created Free Will."
Terrie Neudorf on October 24, 2016:
Thank you for posting this. And the quote is great.
Gurpinderjeet Kaur on June 08, 2016:
Thanks!! it is really helpful..I will for surely focus on last part and try to live better life
Ensorcelie (author) from Albania on March 02, 2016:
It is my motto whenever I feel anxiety waves hitting my body.
Kawai from Singapore on February 25, 2016:
Love the quote it's a bad day not a bad life! =)
Jess on August 17, 2015:
this is on point