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Anxiety is a common feeling among the general public. Most people can understand how something might make them anxious, whether it’s a scary movie, saying goodbye to a loved one, or simply moving to a new place. Even though everyone gets anxious from time to time, for many people, anxiety attacks are frequent and debilitating. They can impact an individual’s ability to work, school, and live their life as they normally do. The best way to fight anxiety is to recognize its symptoms and know how to deal with them. Below are some of the more commonly known signs of anxiety and how you can take action to help reduce your stress level:
Nervousness & Anxiety Attacks
If you frequently feel jittery or anxiety-inducing thoughts, it may be due to a “neurobiome” imbalance. While your body may be adjusting to changes such as a new job, new relationship, or a new place to live, your brain is still trying to adjust and adapt to the change.The good news is that neurobiome balance can be helped, and helped quickly, with a healthy diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes. You can also look into taking a herbal supplement such as ginseng, saw palmetto, or turmeric.
Thoughts & Thoughts Without Words
Sometimes, the sound and sight of words can trigger an anxiety attack. If you find yourself feeling teary-eyed or short of breath when you hear certain words, it’s a good sign that your brain is trying to protect itself. The sensations you’re feeling are messages to your brain that you’re in danger and need to get out of your head.
Confusion & Memory Issues
If you frequently find yourself losing track of what you’re doing or having trouble remembering things such as your child’s names or why you drive to work every day, you may have confused restfulness with anxiety. This happens because your brain naturally associates calmness with sleep, and anxiety with full alertness.Fortunately, there are ways to test and differentiate between the two. If you’re experiencing insomnia and are having difficulty sleeping, consider taking a natural sleep aid such as melatonin, kava kava, or valerian. If you’re constantly up half the night thinking about something, you may have anxiety.
Irritability & Emotional outbursts
This one may shock you, but some people actually experience emotions during an anxiety attack. One study found that up to 50% of participants reported feeling positive emotions during an anxiety attack.What’s also interesting is that some of the same parts of your brain that are causing you to feel anxious are also responsible for regulating your moods. If you’re feeling down, unhappy, or teary-eyed often, it may be that your brain is trying to tell you that you need to snap out of it.
You’re Probably Going To Want This One If you’ve ever been in a hurry, only to realize you were late for an important meeting or missed a class because you were running around checking things off your to-do list, you know how draining rushing around may be. Fortunately, rushing is actually a good thing. As you’re probably aware of by now, rushing gives your brain time to catch up on all the information it’s been missing. This can help decrease your anxiety and make you feel less overwhelmed. Other good things about rushing? People will think you’re the most amazing person in the world if you show up five minutes late for a meeting.
Mood Swings & Feeling depressed
If you’ve ever found yourself in a bad mood because of the things you couldn’t help but put pressure on yourself for, it’s probably because your brain is trying to tell you that you need to change something.This “neurobiome” imbalance can also play out in the form of dark moods without any obvious cause. Even though you may not know it, your brain is trying to tell you that you need to take a break from work or that you deserve to feel down.
Physical Symptoms Of Anxiety
If you find yourself with a “cold” or a “flu-like” feeling that won’t go away, even though you’ve tried different things such as taking a cold shower, eating fruit, or taking anti-inflammatory medicine, it may be that your anxiety is causing physical symptoms.It could also be that you have a medical condition that is causing the anxiety and are just responding to treatments for that illness.
Tips For How To Deal With Anxious Feeling:
Keep it short. When you’re under the gun and need to be somewhere at a certain time, say “I’ll be there as soon as possible.” This will help your brain process information more quickly and make you less likely to feel overwhelmed.Use the “3-2-1 Rule.” Instead of saying you’ll do X when you’ll do X, use the “3-2-1 rule.” For example, instead of saying “I’ll do my best not to keep thinking about ____,” say “I’ll do my best to not think about ____ until I’m done with work.” Your brain needs time to process what you’re saying, so instead of saying you’ll do it right now, say you’ll do it in three point two seconds.Don’t forget to take your medicine. It may be that you need to take your medicine when you take your anti-anxiety medication. If you take your medicine at a certain time each day, it may be enough to treat your anxiety, but you may not be feeling the full effects of your medication.
Anxiety can be a very scary thing. While most of us experience it at one point in our lives, it can also be treated, or “cured,” with medication. Anxiety affects everyone in different ways, and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. The best way to deal with it, as with everything in life, is to approach it one step at a time.There are many different types of anxiety. This article has details on the more common types. It is important to understand the different types of anxiety so you can identify and treat them.