What Is Anxiety?
Anxiety is your body’s reaction to stress even when there is no immediate threat. If you do not deal with anxiety it may start to affect your life. Anxiety, if not addressed, will affect you mentally, physically, and emotionally. How do we identify anxiety?
What Are Some Symptoms?
- Excessive worry
- High blood pressure
- Loss of sleep
- Increased heart rate
- Breathing rapidly
What Can Cause Anxiety?
- Stress that can result from work, school, personal relationship
- Emotional trauma
- Financial concerns
- Stress caused by a chronic or serious medical condition
- A major event or performance
- Side effect of certain medications
- Alcohol consumption, drugs such as cocaine
How To Overcome/Deal With Anxiety?
Now that we identified what causes anxiety and the symptoms that follow, how do we overcome or deal with anxiety. There are several things you can do to help with lowering or controlling your anxiety.
- Exercise daily
- Maintain a positive attitude
- Get enough sleep
- Learn what triggers anxiety and alleviating it
- Eat well- balanced diets
- Practice relaxation techniques such as yoga or mindfulness
- Seek help from New Heights Counseling & Consulting
Being informed and aware of events in your life and the physicality of what your body is telling you are signs that you need to take care of yourself. Knowledge is power, and if used correctly can help alleviate anxiety. In addition to the aforementioned about helping with lowering anxiety, having a support system whether they are family, friends, a support group, etc. can definitely help. The following link will guide you to differentiate between stress and anxiety NIMH » I’m So Stressed Out! Fact Sheet (nih.gov). Another website to utilize for information about anxiety and if it is combined with other issues is Anxiety Disorders and Depression Research & Treatment | Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADAA.
New Heights Counseling services Fort Walton, Niceville, and surrounding communities. If you’re interested in developing coping skills to combat anxiety our therapists are here for you. Visit our website and book your appointment today. New Heights Counseling