It’s completely natural for everybody to go through periods of anxiety from time to time. Sometimes it can even have its benefits, like when it’s helping you stay alert while driving through a snowstorm.
But its effects are so frequent and strong for tens of millions in America that it is considered a mental health disorder.
In these cases, it can have major emotional, physical, and mental impacts on your health. Findings ways to deal with them is important to normal function.
Anxiety is considered a disorder when fear or worry prevents you from accomplishing everyday activities. There are several types of disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, phobias, social anxiety disorders, and panic disorders.
Symptoms can include an irrational or excessive fear of a threat when a situation does not present one. One may also experience:
• Shortness of breath
• Pounding heartbeat
• Feelings of dread or being overwhelmed
• Fatigue or insomnia
• Anticipating the worst possible outcomes
• Shaking (tremors) or sweating
• Upset stomach/diarrhea
• Frequent urination
Some at home ways to help you deal with anxiety include:
Thinking about your options: Think about a situation where you recently felt anxious and consider how you may think or behave differently if you found yourself in the same situation again. This can help interrupt counterproductive thought patterns and replace them with more supportive ones.
Eat healthier and increase activity: Food can affect mood. Eating more healthful foods and limiting alcohol can help reduce anxiety while focusing on getting more activity is a great way to enhance your self-care plan. Plenty of research shows that exercise is very important for managing anxiety and depression.
Read up on anxiety: Reading some self-help books based on anxiety can help you understand the condition and offer helpful tips.
Try online therapy: Research suggests that online programs for anxiety and depression can be just as effective as face-to-face and may be particularly useful for people without access to strong community resources.