Anxiety is the body’s natural response to stress. Feelings of anxiety often appear when we are expecting an event, even if we are just anticipating it. For example, it’s natural to feel anxious about an important public speech or exam, before moving to another country, or before a first date.
In some cases, anxiety does not disappear after the end of an event, but becomes a constant state of your mind. If you have been experiencing anxiety for 6 months, or your feelings are too extreme and simply interfere with your day-to-day life, you are probably suffering from an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety disorder is more than just stress, or an inability to adjust to life circumstances, or a lack of communication skills.
WHO SUFFERS FROM ANXIETY DISORDERS?
According to statistics from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention almost everyone suffers from anxiety disorders. Suffering from this kind of disorder is more common for women than for men – by about 15%. Moreover, in developed countries, the syndrome is more common than in those that are still developing.
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By the way, the United States ranks first in the list of countries where anxiety syndrome prevails, and Americans are considered the most anxious nation in the world.
According to some opinions, this is due to the high dependence of Americans on material values and the constantly promoted culture of consumption. If you constantly spend time on social networks and observe the artificially embellished life of stars, you unintentionally compare your life with someone else’s, thereby lowering your self-esteem. Notably, most often the symptoms of this disorder manifest before age of 21.
THE MANIFESTATION OF ANXIETY SYMPTOMS
There can be many signs of anxiety, but I advise you to pay attention to the most common symptoms:
- You have phobias, such as a fear of enclosed spaces. Fear is normal, however, if this fear is not correspondent with the actual risk and it thereby controls you, it can be a warning sign;
- Your anxiety about any trivia does not correspond to the event itself (you spend all day thinking about not turning off the water tap or turning off the lights in the bathroom);
- You get fatigued quickly. In actual fact, you wake up already tired. This could be because you have insomnia (another symptom), or your adrenal glands (which are responsible for producing cortisol) are exhausted and tired of dealing with chronic stress;
- You cannot sit still or just sit quietly in silence. This symptom is more common in children and adolescents, along with increased sweating;
- Your memory has worsened or you cannot concentrate (because mentally, you are constantly worried about something);
- You are irritable and “light up like a match” because of minor things and events;
- You are a perfectionist, critical of yourself and rarely allow yourself the right to make mistakes. It is common for everyone to be wrong, however, if you cannot forgive yourself for something or engage in self-destructive behaviour, this may be a manifestation of an alarming symptom.
Is there a natural way to fight anxiety?
Lifestyle changes are one of the most effective ways to deal with anxiety. Your main goal here is to take care and protect yourself and your body as much as possible, specifically:
- Get enough sleep;
- Practice physical activity;
- Go for walks;
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine consuption;
- Maintain a well-balanced diet.
Because technically everything that is new for us is stressful, you will need to stick to a strict routine for and come up with some self-care rituals. Your most important rituals at this time should be getting up and going to sleep.
Other ritual suggestions:
- morning or/and evening meditation;
- reading books at bedtime;
- drinking a cup of tea while enjoying the sunrise;
- an evening walk;
- a diary of gratitude (in which you will learn to write down everything you are grateful for today
- to the Universe, God, Fate; etc.).
CONCLUSIONS AND THOUGHTS on THE PANDEMIC.
We live during an amazing time! Today, for the first time in history, all the people of the world are in a state of complete uncertainty, and no one knows what will happen tomorrow. These few months have shown us very well what we can control and what we cannot. In order not to lose our minds from constant anxiety for the future, which no one knows, we must direct our efforts to learn how to manage our thoughts, our inner state and how we react to certain situations. Happiness is knowing how to live in the present moment and how to enjoy an interesting book, sunrise or sunset, birdsong, the smells of the sea or a pine forest.
If you have questions about your health or anxiety, or want to make your lifestyle healthier but don’t know how, I can help! Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up for a consultation, and we will discuss where to start.