What is Anxiety?
It is a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease about something with an uncertain outcome.
It is common to feel anxious occasionally when we encounter trying situations in our day to day life. For eg: A student is anxious just before appearing for his exams or getting before getting his exam results. An employee feels anxious just before his appraisal report or while having to conduct a presentation in front of the CEO.
Anxiety becomes a cause of concern when the frequency increases as in when the individual starts to feel anxious about mundane occurings. Most often anxiety disorders involve recurrent episodes of sudden feelings of intense emotions be it fear, terror, panic, anger etc that peak within minutes and takes a long time to subside. These intense feelings interfere with the normal functional activities like achieving a task, showering, etc. It becomes difficult for the individual to carry on normal functions. Anxiety disorders include phobias, separation anxiety disorders, social anxiety disorder etc.
The common signs of anxiety are as follows:
- Feeling of nervousness, restlessness
- Constantly feeling like there is an impending danger around the corner
- Constant worry of death of self and people close to oneself
- Profuse bouts of sweats
- Inability to focus on a task
Anxiety is a common phenomenon in everybody’s life, uncontrollable anxiety is a cause of worry. Consult a doctor when you feel you are not able to control your sense of anxiousness whhen it starts interfering with your work, your relationship, and other aspects of your life. Talk to a psychologist or a psychiatrist about your situation. There are other methods to marginally curb anxiety behaviour. Read further to know how:
Run away from anxiety: Exercise and physical activity releases endorphins in the blood which makes you feel pumped and good about yourself and your life in general. Take half an hour in the day to go for a run or a brisk walk and get the blood pumping to your heart. It will improve your mental health and will reduce your stress levels and anxiety levels.
Eat your anxiety away: Healthy food leads to healthy mind is not just a saying but a fact. Eating right and eating at the right time makes a lot of difference to our mental health. When we do not starve our brain is active and we feel active which in turn does not cause intense emotions leading to anxiety.
Talk your way out of anxiety: Anxiety primarily is a disorder of the mental state. It cannot be fought alone by oneself. Seek external help, be it your psychologist, your psychiatrist , your best friend or your partner. Talk about your emotions and feelings to them. Express your worries and concerns. Seek advice from them. Seek reassurance from an external entity when you feel down. It will help you regain your composure.
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