How to Get Your Life Back from Anxiety

by GuestPoster on January 9, 2012

Anxiety is a psychological condition that occurs without apparent triggering stimulus/stimuli. People who are suffering from this mental condition experience extreme and displeasing fear, uneasiness, apprehension, and worry. Stress and anxiety are always associated with each other for in most cases, people who suffer from stress also suffer from anxiety and vice versa. Anxiety is normal. We feel anxious toward life’s stressors such as during examination, meeting our partner’s family or having our first date. Mild anxiety is beneficial as it helps us on coping with difficult situations. However, excessive, overwhelming and uncontrolled anxiety tends to develop as an anxiety disorder. Major types of anxiety disorder include panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. These disorders may have different triggering factors but have physical, emotional and psychological symptoms in common. Anxiety symptoms include swollen glands, muscle tensions, chest tightness or chest pain, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, hyperventilation, hot and cold flashes, nausea, dizziness, headaches, fatigue, insomnia, stomachaches, diarrhea, shacking, sweating, pupillary dilation, distorted vision, restlessness, irritability, anticipation of the worst, trouble concentrating, nightmares, clumsiness, loss of control and feeling of getting crazy or going to die. Some patients with very severe disorders can experience hallucinations, visual or auditory. With this, patients tend to not able to distinguish the real threat from an imaginary one.

Good thing, there are a variety of interventions you can do to help you reduce and relieve your anxiety or the anxiety of someone you know.  Breathing exercises and relaxation techniques can help to lower anxiety levels since anxiety patients breathe shallowly. Abdominal breathing, yoga and meditation can help you keep calm and relax when facing life’s stressors. Physical exercises that help you sweat out can help you discharge excess anxiety and can improve your mood. Having a healthy diet can also help you. Eat nutritious and healthy foods such as green leafy vegetables and fruits and do not skip any meals. Empty stomach can trigger anxiety attacks. Also, drink plenty of water, at least 8 glasses a day and avoid drinking tea, soda, coffee and anything with caffeine because it can disrupt your sleeping pattern and can trigger anxiety as well. Other anxiety stimulants are alcohol, sugar, preservatives and nicotine. Therapies are also effective in treating anxiety disorders. Cognitive-behavioral therapy identifies, examines and understands the causes of the anxiety and aim on changing the inappropriate behavior of the patient towards the subject of fear and worry. Exposure therapy repeatedly exposes the patient to the feared object or situation to be able to have control of the situations over time. Improvements are usually seen in 12 to 18 sessions depending on the type and severity of the disorder. Anti-anxiety medications such as anti-depressants, beta-blockers and benzodiazepines are also effective in reducing and relieving anxiety however not totally safe because these drugs have addictive substances. These are not recommended for long period of time usage.

And the most simple yet very effective preventive way you can do is to allow yourself to laugh. It helps in the production of your ‘happy hormones’, serotonin, reducing your anxiety and keeping you relax and calm. Indeed, laughter is always the best medicine.

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