Anxiety and Stress Symptoms

What Are the Pronounced Anxiety and Stress Symptoms
By Ben Gilbert

Many people are under the impression that stress is only mental. People believe physical symptoms of anxiety and stress are caused from stressing, worries or pressure. In many cases this is not true. In fact, these are known to only be some of the many causes of stress all together. There are many causes of stress that can not only affect your mental being but also your physical being. Listed below are a few physical anxiety and stress symptoms.

More and more people are discovering that they are dealing with stress and anxiety on a daily basis. There always seems to be something either causing stress or adding to stress they already have. Dealing with stress of everyday life can start to take a toll on your body. There are many physical anxiety and stress symptoms.

There exists a large body of research indicating that individuals dealing with excessive of stress are, over time, more at risk for heart attack and other health related problems. This is because the body produces more hormones when experiencing stress. This level of hormone secretion is only beneficial if they are in short bouts. When these hormones are released for an extended period of time, they can cause physical symptoms of anxiety and stress.

Some of the main physical anxiety and stress symptoms include:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Those suffering from severe stress sometimes end up going for emergency care thinking they are having a heart attack only to find out they are experiencing an anxiety attack.
  • Libido is decreased drastically, For those who suffer severe amounts of stress, sex may be the last thing on their mind.
  • Fatigue When you are under a great deal of stress you may feel more tired and have less energy.
  • Tightness in the chest or general muscle and joint discomfort
  • Many experience a general tingling sensation as well as a faster heartbeat.
  • Headaches
  • Impaired immune system leads to more illnesses
  • Skin problems like acne, even as an adult
  • Change in appetite. Either a decreased or increased appetite can be an anxiety and stress symptom

along with these, and other, physical symptoms anxiety and stress will also mess with your emotions. When dealing with anxiety and stress symptoms you may well feel like the whole world is coming apart around you. While it may be hard, work to focus on the positive areas of your life. Focusing on the positive and not the negative is a good first step in defeating both anxiety and stress.

Anxiety and Stress Symptoms

Managing Anxiety – Not Anxiety Managing You

Understanding and Managing Anxiety

By Brian H Allison

The experience of anxiety is common and universal. It is not an emotion restricted to the economically deprived nor to the politically oppressed. Successfully managing anxiety is an inescapable part of the human condition, for life on all its levels, from the international and governmental to the domestic and personal, is marked with uncertainty, perplexity, and stress. Many may deny their personal anxiety, or at least the intensity of it (even to themselves) for a variety of reasons, such as, the desire to avoid embarrassment, the sense of pride, the fear of rejection, the threat and unease of vulnerability, etc; notwithstanding, nearly everyone experiences anxiety to some degree. Its occurrence is disturbing and debilitating. Its persistence is crippling. As long as daily living is characterized by struggle, strife, and suffering, the anxiety-experience is an inevitability.

The Nature of Anxiety

Anxiety is a mental tension which expresses itself in worry, irritability, apprehension, or uneasiness. The mental tension results either from a sense of uncertainty about future or impending events, or from a sense of inability to control one’s environment or state of affairs. Anxiety is a natural emotional response of human beings endeavoring to survive and live comfortably. Anxiety is a constant reminder of humankind’s appalling frailty and its utter impotence to master its own destiny.

Anxiety and fear, though closely interrelated, are not synonymous concepts. Fear, sharply defined, is both the psychological and emotional response to a sense of being in danger. Fear is basically a survival mechanism in that it promotes self-preservation. Anxiety, however, is the warning signal of one’s increasing impotence to survive. It has been said that anxiety is “fear spread out thin.”

Not all anxiety is pernicious, but rather only certain forms of it. Psychologists, both secular and spiritual, generally believe that periodic mild anxiety assists in productivity and performance. Alertness is enhanced, motivation is stimulated, and concentration is heightened. One’s potential and ability are thus more efficiently harnessed. In fact, serious educational and socializing repercussions may result when anxiety is absent (such as typifies hardened criminal behaviour); or when anxiety is excessive (such as typifies sensitive children in a disruptive home).

The relationship between amiable and pernicious anxiety is similar to that of stress and distress. A moderate amount of stress is indispensable to peak performance and success. This fact is particularly evident with the athlete prepared to run a race or compete in a field event. However, the threat to health occurs when the increase of stress is transmuted into distress. This situation may arise with the business executive who has demanding daily quotas to fill and unrelenting deadlines to meet. Inefficiency and atrophy are the natural by-products. The outcome is the onset of serious emotional disturbances. Pernicious anxiety is particular focus of this article.

A further classification of anxiety may be helpful. Debilitating anxiety is basically of two types, namely, simple and neurotic. Simple anxiety is the temporary emotional tension which most people experience towards life’s pressures and struggles. Neurotic anxiety is emotional tension which has become an ingrained behavioural trait of one’s personality. A neurosis is a fixed emotional disturbance pervading the whole personality. Some neuroses, for instance, are obsessive-compulsive reaction, hysteria, phobia, hostility, neurasthenia, chronic depression, etc. An untreated neurosis may possibly develop into a psychosis, though this development is usually dependent upon hereditary and predispositional factors. Simple anxiety is primarily discussed in this article, though much of what is considered has equal relevance to neurotic anxiety. The intrinsic nature of anxiety remains constant, only its degree and intensity differ. Managing anxiety entails a specialized approach because the anxiety has become behaviorally entrenched. Personality maladjustment may also have to be addressed. The causative factors and the psycho-dynamics underlying the anxiety need to be discovered and investigated, which may require detailed discussion and analysis of childhood experiences and domestic training. People who suffer from neurotic anxiety typically need professional counseling.

The Effects of Anxiety

The costs of anxiety are exceedingly high. The effects are profound and far-reaching. These effects fall into three basic categories: the physical, the psycho-emotional, and the social. Let us first consider the physical effects of anxiety. Anxiety results in a whole array of physiological discomforts. One particular manifestation of anxiety can be labeled under psychosomatic symptoms, such as, the common upset stomach, heart palpitations, headaches, muscle cramps, and various bodily aches and pains. Sustained or chronic anxiety results in deteriorating physical health. Organic and functional illnesses, ranging from dyspepsia to heart disease, are the long term effects.

Anxiety may also occasion serious psycho-emotional disorders. Initially, failure in successfully managing anxiety decreases performance by curtailing reasoning abilities, dulling imaginative thinking, and causing general discouragement. Feelings of disorientation and depression may then ensue. Personality maladjustments are the eventuality.

Anxiety may also result in strained social relationships and retarded interpersonal development. Extremely anxious people may tend to avoid social contact, even with familiar friends, in order to reduce the anxiety level. Social contact tends to generate feelings of uncertainty, suspicion, and uneasiness, with the natural reaction being social withdrawal and alienation. Security and peace are construed as the fruit of separation and solitude. Accordingly, the development of communicative skills and social etiquette may be hampered. Extremely anxious people learn to live by themselves.

The Causes of Anxiety

The psycho-dynamics underlying anxiety are complex. Some psychologists generally describe anxiety as a vague and indirect feeling, having no particular source or fundamental cause. This claim can certainly be challenged. With anxiety there is typically a cause-effect relationship, though the cause may be hidden or misunderstood.

I suggest that the actual causes of anxiety are usually associated with specific tenuous mental states. There are basically three major tenuous mental states from which derive emotional disturbances. The first of these is guilt. Guilt by its very nature creates psychic tension. Guilt is the sense of personal wrongdoing and being liable for punishment. The guilt may be false or true (imaginary or real, psychological or moral). In either case, the psychic experience and tension are similar. True or real guilt results from the transgression or rejection either of some authoritative or socially-established law. When a person steals another’s possession, he or she may sense guilt. False or imaginary guilt, on the other hand, results from the failure to conform to the expectations or judgements of others. For instance, a child’s peers may ridicule him because he has played poorly on the sport’s team, though he has performed to his full potential. He may then feel that he has failed his friends. Consequently, he feels guilty. This guilt is ‘unjustified’, for the supposed offense does not involve moral culpability. Some of the secondary mental states attributable to guilt are depression, discouragement, loneliness, insecurity, despair, etc.

Many neuroses have guilt as their central component. Usually the impetus underlying false guilt is the need to please, to win the approval of, or to be accepted by, others. The person who feels guilty should thus ask himself or herself a series of questions: What kind of guilt am I experiencing? Is it a justified guilt? What is the cause or reason for the guilt? What is the proper way to view the situation? If the guilt is morally justified, then moral action should be pursued in order to address and resolve it. If the guilt is (morally) unjustified, then it should be acknowledged as such, assessed as harmful, and even wrong, and disowned.

The second major tenuous mental state which may generate anxiety is egoism. The individual suffering from egoism has a preoccupation with himself and with his personal needs. It should be noted that a common trait of the egoistic state of mind is anger. Egoism has two fundamental dimensions, namely, superiority (arrogance) and inferiority (inadequacy). A superior disposition compels a person to obsessively strive for personal attention and to secure the applause and praise of others. His conceit, exaggerated self-love, and his need for recognition often foster an insensitive, judgmental, and even merciless attitude. His behavior is also potentially volatile. Various examples from the worlds of show biz and professional sports could easily be cited by way of illustration. Some secondary mental states of a superior disposition are hostility, jealousy, hatred, bitterness, resentment, and envy.

An inferior disposition appears to be the more prevalent of the two dimensions in those who suffer from anxiety. An inferior disposition compels a person to socially withdraw and to feel intimidated around people. This person feels unworthy of personal recognition, and even love. He or she even lacks in self-respect. This person feels that anything he or she does is either not right or not good enough. This person views himself or herself as a failure. The child who is continually criticized by his authoritarian mother (for instance, because of an inability to intellectually grasp certain concepts in a particular discipline) may tend to view himself as stupid. Consequently, he may lose interest in academics altogether. He eventually may lose all confidence even in his ability to think.

The person with an inferior disposition learns to dislike himself, and consequently believes that others do not like him either. He or she often becomes a perfectionist, which is the path to a very unsatisfying, frustrating, and unhappy life. The person predictably never quite makes the grade, regardless of how hard he or she may try. The secondary mental states of an inferior disposition are depression, discouragement, emptiness, loneliness, insecurity, jealousy, hatred, envy, etc.

The third major tenuous mental state is fear. Not all fear is malignant. Instinctive fear is required for physical survival. Morbid fear is pernicious and is characterized by a slavish preoccupation with personal safety and well-being. An immoderate concern over securing (or maintaining) an admirable public image, a respected reputation, a high social status, good health, family welfare, material possessions, etc., may effectuate morbid fear. Morbid fear often arises when an exaggerated value or importance is assigned to these particular objects. The motivational belief is that the procurement of these objects will provide security. The person’s perception, however, has become distorted. Consequently, the threat of loss or damage of these objects may be paralyzing, and even incapacitating. The secondary mental states of fear are depression, insecurity, suspicion, panic, etc. Fear is also the essential component of various neuroses, such as, hysteria, phobia, and paranoia.

These three major tenuous mental states–guilt, egoism, fear–may may be situational or chronic. If they are situational, then their duration is temporary, if handled appropriately. If they are chronic, then professional counseling may be required in order to discover and examine the causative factors. In managing anxiety (we shall say more about this shortly), the existing mental state should be confronted and fully explored. The psychic tension is mitigated through the exposure of its underlying cause(s). In exploring the underlying cause(s) of anxiety, the antecedent perception(s) of any given mental state should be examined. One’s mental perception determines the particular mental state which is responsible for ensuing anxiety. The personal interpretation of a situation/set of circumstances effects a corresponding mental state. For instance, a person may notice after a business meeting that a colleague is looking askance at him. The colleague’s facial expression may be totally innocent and unself-conscious. However, this person, especially if he is generally suspicious and naturally sensitive, may interpret this facial expression as antagonistic. As a result of that faulty mental perception, the person may then feel guilty and rejected. He may then begin to scrutinize himself minutely, reflecting upon his present relationships and questioning his past deeds and actions. If this fallacious thinking persists, this person may eventually become depressed and anxious.

Hence, generally speaking, managing anxiety must be accomplished indirectly. For example, a person may suffer from a rejection syndrome. As a result of the psychic conflict, he may find himself continuously anxious, completely unaware that the anxiety is the result of this particular psychic conflict. The sufferer must come to realize the relationship between the psychic conflict and the anxiety. Further, an adjustment of perception or a reframing of interpretation is also critical in correcting emotional disturbances. Adjusting personal perceptions, or reframing personal interpretations, does not result in a masking or denial of the truth of the given situation, nor does it result in a subtle form of self-delusion. Mental adjustment or psychic reframing simply allows for the achievement of a right perspective in order that there may be proper understanding. The ultimate goal is to learn to think clearly and correctly.

Managing Anxiety

Successfully managing anxiety, as with other emotional disturbances, there are different schools of thought. Various therapists advocate some form of behaviour modification, such as, relaxation training, thought-stopping, modeling, and behaviour rehearsal. These techniques may prove partially helpful, but an obvious deficiency with behaviour modification is that the perception(s) and mental state that engender the anxiety may not comprise the fundamental focus or consideration in the treatment. Treatment must be primarily cognitive, not behavioural. The behavioural is usually secondary and concomitant.

Some direction managing anxiety has already been furnished above. Further elaboration and suggestions are now offered. As already argued, anxiety is dependent upon one’s mental state. Therefore, managing anxiety must begin with a confrontation and analysis of the mental state responsible for the anxiety. This approach, of course, will include a consideration of one’s perception and interpretation of the situation(s) occasioning the mental state.

First, confrontation involves self-consciously addressing one’s thinking. It consists of self-consciously turning inward on one’s thoughts and observing them in as objective a manner as possible. It is seeking to identify the commensurate thoughts of the experienced anxiety. For example, an aspiring young minister may become extremely anxious days before he is to preach. This anxiety may be more than simple “stage fright”. His mental state, though unconsciously recognized (which is often the case), may be one of fear. He may be fearful of not being impressive; fearful of rejection; fearful of appearing inadequate. Confrontation is the mental act of being honest and courageous with oneself.

Analysis is a more complex process than confrontation. It involves the critical examination of one’s mental state with a view to the understanding of its origin, justification, and validity. For example, in feeling anxiety, one may recognize that he is harboring guilt. He should ask himself why he is experiencing guilt or what has occasioned this guilt. It may be that he didn’t shake a fellow church member’s hand on Sunday or that he asked a rather simple question in the economic’s class. He then should ask himself whether it is right to feel this guilt, whether he really committed a wrong. In the first case, he may not have had a real opportunity to shake the member’s hand and thus should not feel guilty. In any event, he is not obligated to shake the person’s hand every Sunday.

Hand-shaking is an expression of spiritual fellowship and not one of mere religious duty. In the second case above, he may have asked a question to which he didn’t know the answer in order to clarify a point or enhance comprehension, and thus he should not be concerned about other peoples’ personal evaluations. He apparently is seeking to learn and grow. In the two cases cited, the person probably shouldn’t feel guilty. Next, he should ask himself what would have been the proper way to perceive and interpret the situation (i.e., the reasonable, objective way). In these two cases, the guilt is false and thus should be rejected. His thinking is faulty. His mental state is morally unjustified. So, analysis involves a close and intense investigation of the dynamics underlying and shaping one’s mental state in order to evaluate the propriety of such a state. The origin of such a state may find its roots in some childhood experience, rendering analysis complicated, and professional help may be needed at this point.

Analysis allows one to assume a particular mental position (an objective one) in order to correct a tenuous mental state which has arisen. Often when one confronts his or her thoughts and recognizes the commensurate thoughts of the experienced anxiety, he or she simultaneously recognizes the origin of the mental state (if the anxiety is situational). Hence, in this two-fold process of confrontation and analysis, it would be beneficial for the sufferer to discuss his or her anxieties with a close friend or with a competent associate. Honest, transparent communication is very therapeutic.

This exercise of ‘confrontation and analysis’ should be viewed as a special kind of cognitive procedure, namely, self-examination. This procedure allows for an object-subject relationship to be established between the sufferer and the anxiety (with its causative factors). The sufferer, rather than remaining indistinguishably one with the anxiety, being “caught up” by it as it were, is able to stand over and against it. This psycho-positioning in itself diffuses some of the force of the anxiety, but more importantly, it initiates a dissipating mechanism. The sufferer should become ‘the watcher’ or ‘the observer’. The sufferer is now able to become somewhat emotionally removed from the experience itself, establishing a quasi-objective situation in order to evaluate the validity and origin of the anxiety itself, as well as the justification for the occasioning situation giving rise to such anxiety.

This “objectivizing”–moving from a subjective relationship with respect to the anxiety (and its occasioning situation) to a quasi-objective relationship–is critical for effectively managing anxiety. Ignorance simply perpetuates the condition, and may even intensify it. Self-understanding is at the core of mental health. Only on the basis of self-understanding can the edifice of self-adjustment solidly stand. The emotive is secondary; the cognitive is primary. The emotions merely reflect or express thoughts and perceptions. Emotions are not isolated and independent entities. They are necessarily dependent upon how and what one thinks. Treatment, therefore, must be primarily cognitive. Emotional disturbances must be treated indirectly, by directly treating one’s cognitive state.

Accordingly, with the stages of ‘confrontation’ and ‘analysis’ achieved, the stage for ‘transformation’ is set. In order to overcome anxiety, one needs a change in his or her thinking patterns and attitudes. The ancient New Testament counsel of St. Paul underscores the validity and benefit of this point. He writes, “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you” (Phil 4:8,9).

This mind transformation, particularly in reference to anxiety, also entails cultivating a proper mind-set. This mind-set is characterized by two perspectives. First, there must be a present perspective on issues. Many anxieties stem from the assumption of a future perspective which is conducive to uncertainty and doubt. One should focus on the issues and challenges of any current day, and try not to overly focus on, and worry about, future days (which does not discount the need for proper planning). One must discipline himself to train his mind to be currently-focused, though future-aware.

Second, one should try to cultivate a more universal perspective. One should examine, analyze, and assess matters and events within the larger scope of the ‘global village’ and the ‘collective consciousness’. Narrow-mindedness and an unreasonable preoccupation with personal details typically provoke anxiety. Excessive attention given to life’s details, failing to evaluate them within the larger setting, results in a misconception of what constitutes real value and true significance.

In addition to the preceding remarks for managing anxiety, there are some practical steps which may be adopted in order to maintain control over anxiety. First, changes should be made concerning the anxiety-provoking situation(s). For instance, if one is anxious about arriving at work on time, then the clock should be possibly set 30 minutes earlier. Second, a list of daily duties and responsibilities should be made, preferably with the more exacting and demanding duties listed first. One should list only what he or she believes may be accomplished that day. Third, there should be a schedule of periodic breaks and recreation times for each day. Even walking briefly outdoors can be invigorating. Fourth, sufficient sleep each night is required. A healthy body contributes to a healthy mind. Fifth, a program of regular exercise should be adopted. Physical exercise is paramount. Exercise advances stamina and stability. Sixth, one should learn to “talk through” his or her frustrations and problems with a close friend. Again, honest, transparent communication can be quite therapeutic. Seventh, vacations should be taken regularly, and they should be a complete change from daily routine. Eighth, regular medical check-ups should be scheduled. Anxiety can have a biological or chemical basis. Ninth, one should adopt the practice of listening to melodious music. The right kind of music has a soothing and beneficial effect. Tenth, one should develop a good circle of friends. Learning to socialize has psychological benefits and rewards. One acquires a sense of belonging. Also, a good support system is indispensable for emotional well-being. Eleventh, a hobby should be undertaken. Interest and enthusiasm release positive and well-directed energy. Twelfth, eating nutritiously and healthily may help mitigate anxiety. Along with organic foods, one should consider such supplements as vitamins B and D, omega 3 fatty acids, and such minerals as calcium and magnesium. Herb teas, like chamomile, may also prove supportive.

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Having Anxiety Issues? Try These Tips Now!

Stress is normally a part of everyone’s life; you can easily manage it. Stress could turn into anxiety if it is not dealt with the right way. The strain of anxiety on the body can result in deteriorating health and even disease. Read on for a more information on how anxiety can affect your body and how to effectively deal with it.

To keep anxiety from impacting you every day, add enough exercise into your schedule to release pent-up worries. The endorphins that regular exercise produces will promote happiness and reduce your stress levels. In addition, physical activity is recommended for your general well being.

To be sure anxiety doesn’t bring you down, try exercising daily to relax. Endorphins are produced during physical activity, and these will ensure that your spirits are high and your thoughts are not focused on the stress in your life. Physical activity is also great for keeping you healthy.

TIP! You should talk with someone about your greatest fear, and be sure to exaggerate about it when you describe it. Every time you explain the trigger, exaggerate the story more.

Self discipline allows you to better control your emotions. Staying in control of all your emotions should also give you more control over your panic attacks. Negativity of any kinds only fuels the fire of your anxiety attacks. Just a little emotional detachment will help for matters to improve.

Learning deep breathing techniques can help you relax and deliver more oxygen to the cells throughout your body. Anxiety will cause some people to hyperventilate, taking shallow breaths, so instead you should breathe from your diaphragm. Deeper breaths reduce anxiety, so make sure that your stomach is going in and out.

Look into using amino acids to help alleviate your anxiety. Some people are lacking certain essential nutrients and do not have normal levels of serotonin. There are a lot of great books out there that talk about using supplements to eliminate or reduce anxiety.

Each morning when you awake, spend a few minutes speaking aloud to yourself several encouraging or uplifting statements. Tell yourself how you want the day to go. You must try hard to make your day go like that.

TIP! Make daily goals for yourself. By having something to strive for each day, your mind will stay focused on something positive.

Begin recording your thoughts in a diary. Some people let stress build up in their heads and don’t know how to let it out. When you can unload all of the “stuff” in your mind into a diary or journal, it frees your brain up to think about the present, rather than dwelling on past of future events that trigger anxiety.

Sitting and dwelling on what makes you anxious will not help it go away. Try to stay busy to keep your worries under control. Many hobbies or creative arts can occupy your mind, thus removing anxious feelings.

You need to be able to accept that there will always be uncertainties in life. Your life will not be any more predictable as a result of you spending time worrying about all the things that could go wrong. Do not allow yourself to get overwhelmed with everything that may or may not happen in the future. Accept uncertainty and become patient with your problems in life.

It is necessary to have a balanced and nutritious diet, but even more critical when anxiety attacks are involved. Don’t fill your body up with refined sugars and unhealthy food, a diet that is balanced and nutritional is what you require.

TIP! Monitor your breathing when you get stressed. You’ll notice that your breathing is more erratic and you’re taking shorter breaths than usual.

Getting enough good quality sleep is a critical tool in fighting back against anxiety. Physical and mental difficulties increase when you do not get enough sleep, and this adds to your anxiety. Most health authorities recommend that adults get about eight hours of sleep every night.

As you have seen, stressful situations and anxiety may not be fun, but they are part of just about everyone’s lives. Although we can not rid ourselves of it, we can effectively manage it. Take the advice you have read here and put it to use, so that you can feel armed against anxiety attacks.

Working Your Way Through Life With Anxiety Problems

Is your anxiety overwhelming? If this is the case for you or someone you love it may be time to seek the advice of a professional. In the article that follows, you can find some tips on how to deal with your anxiety.

It is important to learn coping skills that will help you manage daily stress. When you are experiencing high levels of stress, your anxiety increases as well. Learn ways to delegate tasks to relive some pressures related to the responsibilities that you have at home or at work. It is also essential to set aside a little time each day for yourself, so you can unwind from your day and decompress your stress.

TIP! If your stress is chronic and unresolvable by normal methods, you may want to consult a doctor. There are quite a few advances in treatments and medication, so there should be something out there that can help you.

You can reduce your overall level of anxiety by learning how to deal with daily stress. If you have a lot of stress in your life, anxiety levels can be high too. Delegate tasks and learn to relieve a few of the responsibilities and pressures of home or work. Be sure that you also take the time to relax after doing things.

Anxiety can disrupt your breathing, causing greater stress and discomfort, but you can work to regain control of it with deliberate techniques. Count quietly to yourself as you breathe in and out, allowing the rhythm to relax you. You will achieve the best results if you find a quiet place by yourself to work on your breathing.

Anxiety often interrupts normal breathing patterns, so breathing in a certain pattern will assist you in taking control of the situation. Count your breaths quietly, and focus on trying to relax. To get results faster, practice these techniques in a quiet area.

TIP! Always think about the positives in your life. It is a good idea to devote a little bit of time every morning and evening to thinking about, and listing, these positive things.

Laughter really is the best medicine when it comes to dealing with anxiety. To get yourself laughing, watch a comedy film, read a funny book or phone a friend who tells good jokes.

You need to find someone you can talk to about everything. Use this person as someone that you can discuss the issues of anxiety with. Having a trustworthy and reliable individual to talk to could make a huge difference – don’t keep your feelings bottled up. Bottling up your feelings will make matters much worse for you.

Overcoming anxiety takes a good deal of self discipline. Having control of your emotions can help you to thwart off anxiety attacks and minimize their effect on you. Negative feelings and emotions tend to trigger the attacks you are experiencing. Learn how to detach emotions a bit from your life and things will improve.

TIP! Salt cravings can often be the result of intense levels of anxiety in some people. Reason being, is that your body is informing you that more salt is needed, and you end up consuming more.

Sometimes when individuals experience high anxiety levels, they tend to have increased salt cravings. This is because the body requires more salt during such times, and is signaling for you to boost your intake. In order to minimize the health risks involved and to get a better share of the healthy trace minerals it contains, you will want to stick with raw salt that has not been processed.

Consider trying amino acids therapy before assuming that anxiety medications are your only hope. Low levels of some essential nutritional requirements can be a trigger for anxiety in some people. Books, like the Mood Cure, discuss treatments that encourage use of supplements for anxiety.

Start keeping a daily journal. Some people keep stressful thoughts locked in their heads and need to find a way to let go of them. If you can “dump” all the distracting thoughts into a journal or log, your brain will be allowed to concentrate on present happenings, instead of having to focus on anxiety-inducing events from the past or future.

TIP! When you are stressed out, notice what happens to your breathing. Your breaths become shorter and are sometimes varied and erratic.

Find someone that you can talk to about your feelings. If you let your mind and your feelings grind along on their own, they will only get more and more pessimistic. Voicing out your feelings could make you feel a lot better and it can help reduce your anxiety.

Journaling can provide you with a release from racing thoughts. Spending some time putting your worries down on paper will assist you in feeling like you have released your troubles; you’ll be able to sleep without being obsessive about them. Make a habit of writing nightly, if you need to.

Exercise can positively alter your brain chemistry. It raises serotonin, which is beneficial when you are trying to control anxiety. Walking your dog, working out at the gym, or gardening all stimulate your brain to relax you. As a two for one, this fights both anxiety and depression.

TIP! Practice being aware of the present. A person who is anxious is often one who is preoccupied with the future chores or past anxieties.

When you are combating anxiety, getting proper sleep is key. As well as exacerbating your anxiety, a lack of sleep can also cause both physical ailments (aches and pains) and mental problems (loss of sharpness). It is important that each adult aims for around seven hours of sleep per evening.

It should be known to you, now, that anxiety can only be stopped with proper treatment. These aren’t things that you should ignore or try to solve by yourself. Thankfully, you can help yourself with treatments out there. The information you learn in the article can help you overcome your anxieties.

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How To Escape The Anxiety Monster For Good!

Stress is part of everyone’s lives, but it can be managed. If not dealt with, stress can turn to anxiety. Anxiety can strain your body, possibly making you really sick. Continue reading for more information on anxiety, how it affects your body, and the steps you can take to manage it.

To be sure anxiety doesn’t bring you down, try exercising daily to relax. Endorphins are produced during physical activity, and these will ensure that your spirits are high and your thoughts are not focused on the stress in your life. Also, when you’re physically active your body becomes more healthy.

TIP! Because anxiety can affect the way you breathe, breathing techniques are a good way to get it under control. Count in your head while breathing and allow relaxing feelings to come.

Keep your everyday stress managed to avoid overwhelming anxiety. When you are experiencing high levels of stress, your anxiety increases as well. You should find ways to relieve the pressure and share responsibilities and tasks at home or at work. Also, try to get some time that you can use to decompress and unwind every day.

Listening to music can help with your anxiety. Playing an album you love can be a great idea when you feel anxiety coming on. Try to follow along with every note. Your worries will begin to fade away. Keeping your brain busy can really help deal with anxiety.

Seek out a person who is trustworthy. Try using this person as a means to discuss your anxiety issues with. When you have reliable people they can help you a lot. Keeping your feelings inside can cause your problems to worsen.

TIP! You need to know how to accept uncertain situations. If you worry about everything, your life will still be unpredictable.

You must go to the doctor if you suffer from anxiety. With more advanced treatments and medications that you can use, you can deal with anxiety. An appointment with your doctor can be a powerful step in finding an effective treatment.

Your breathing can be disrupted by an anxiety attack, so by trying to control your breathing, you may be able to relax. Count your breaths and relax as you breath in and out. To get the most out of the technique, make sure that you choose a quiet place to begin practicing your controlled breathing.

If you are experiencing problems shutting down those negative thoughts during bedtime, write down your feelings in a journal. Spending some time to write your worries down on a piece of paper could help you release them, making you sleep without worrying about them. Write as often as you’d like or need, but at least once nightly.

TIP! A comedy is a great cure for feelings of anxiety. By watching one of your favorite comedy movies, you’ll have the chance to laugh and have a more positive outlook toward things.

If you are anxious because of world events, you should avoid reading newspapers or watching news. To stay up-to-date on current events without increasing your anxiety, find a news channel that broadcasts positive features in addition to negative stories.

Think about your blessings. Make a habit of writing a nightly and morning gratitude list. Positive thoughts build a barrier against the negative emotions within your mind.

Take a yoga class – it will really help to reduce your anxiety. You can eliminate problems and focus on what you’re doing by practicing yoga. Exercise creates physical balance, and that will make you feel exuberant and fresh.

TIP! A lot of anxiety is caused by external stimuli, a lot of people are genetically predisposed to anxiety. If you think that may be a factor in your case, it might be wise to consult with a professional to find out if medication is available to help you.

Self discipline is a great way to control your emotions. When you have better control over emotional responses, you are sure to have a better handle on anxiety as well. Feeling negatively propels your anxiety attacks, and does not help you in a positive way. Your attacks will occur less frequently when you figure out how to remove emotions.

Some people crave salt when they are anxious. You body is giving you a signal that it requires more salt. You should use unprocessed raw salt; this is the best kind to use and helps your body get what it needs.

Look into the availability of support groups. Oftentimes, those who suffer from anxiety are not understood. Speaking with people who understand your problems can help you. You’re going to be able to let others know what serves you well and what does not, and you can also get help for yourself.

TIP! Many times an introverted person suffers from social anxiety. One way to get over it is to seek out activities you can enjoy that can be done alone or with others.

As you have learned from this article, stress and anxiety are not desirable, but they are a part of life. It is important to understand that the goal is to manage your anxiety because completely eliminating it is unrealistic. By utilizing the advice that you have learned here, you should be able to manage anxiety levels in your life more easily.

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Anxiety-sufferers are found throughout the world and come from all walks of life. This is a hard way to live your life and it may be hard to think about getting it under control. You should be happy to find you can do something about this! This article will give you information to learn how to better cope with your anxiety.

If external things are triggering you, then you shouldn’t watch TV or read the paper as much. Only give yourself enough time to keep up with essential current events, and avoid allowing yourself to be brought down by negative news topics.

TIP! Although laughter may not be a complete cure, in the case of anxiety it can play an important part in helping you lessen the amount of anxiety you are feeling. For great therapy, watch a funny film, read books that make you laugh, or contact a funny friend who will start to make you laugh.

If you are one of the millions of sufferers of persistent anxiety, then you need to visit your doctor. A number of treatments and medications are now available to help you deal with this condition. Set aside time to go to the doctor, so you can get the correct treatment.

Following breathing techniques can help you to beat anxiety. Slowly count while you are breathing, and enjoy inhaling and exhaling deeply while you count. To get the most out of the technique, make sure that you choose a quiet place to begin practicing your controlled breathing.

Find a person that you can trust completely. Let them serve as your sounding board as far as anxiety in your life. Talking to someone can help release tension and make a huge difference in controlling your emotions. Keeping you feelings bottled up will only make matters a lot worse.

TIP! Try out deep breathing to alleviate heavy breathing during anxiety attacks. Sometimes anxiety causes individuals to hyperventilate, which keeps healthy oxygen from flowing deep into the body.

Discuss your largest fear with a trusted friend, and make it sound worse than it is. After sharing this greatly exaggerated story and hearing how preposterous it sounds, you might be able to visualize your true fear from a new perspective.

Try using positive affirmations in the morning before you start your day to get off on the right foot. Talk about what you want to do that day. After that, you must do your best to make your day go in that way.

Planning a routine that keeps you busy is essential to reducing anxiety. When you are sitting around all day, doing nothing, your mind tends to wander and you may begin to focus on your anxiety. Simple things, like washing your car or cleaning up around the house, can be of great help.

TIP! Sitting around the house and dwelling on your anxieties will not make them go away. Rather, work on staying active in order to distract yourself from your concerns.

When dealing with increased anxiety, you will probably have an increased desire for salt. That is because the body may be telling you to have more salt to satisfy its sodium requirements. Make sure that you opt for raw, unprocessed salt. This type of salt is easier for the human body to process and it contains a lot of essential trace minerals.

To help you deal with heavy breathing when you have anxiety, you should practice deep breathing techniques. Anxiety will cause some people to hyperventilate, taking shallow breaths, so instead you should breathe from your diaphragm. When you take deep breaths, you force oxygen in to your system. Just count to five or six as your inhale, and do the same when you exhale.

Never sit too much during the day. If you sit mostly at work, try doing exercises and constantly move around on your break. Try to stand up every so often. When you are around the house, limit the time you spend in front of the TV and take a brisk walk. Anxiety is waiting to creep in if you let your lifestyle become too relaxed and inactive.

TIP! A lot of people that have stress and anxiety don’t relax enough. Take time for yourself each day.

Keeping yourself consistently busy may be the key to controlling your anxiety. When you are sitting around all day, doing nothing, your mind tends to wander and you may begin to focus on your anxiety. Things that are simple, like cleaning your home or washing the car can help a lot.

Start writing all of your thoughts in a daily journal or diary. Often, people will let stress build up without expressing it, until it overwhelms them. When everything can be “unloaded” into something like a journal or diary, your brain can start thinking about the present instead of dwelling on past or future things.

Establish a goal for each day, and stay focused on achieving it. This can help you focus on your day and stave off negative feelings. This is a constructive way to go through your daily routine.

TIP! Have someone that you can talk to about issues that are troubling you. Having support really helps you get over your anxiety.

Accept the uncertain. When you spend so much time worrying about everything going on, your life is not enhanced or made more predictable. All it will do is stop you from being able to enjoy all the great things that are already happening in your life. You do not need an instant solution to all problems, so learn to embrace the uncertainty of life.

Now you can see that you can decrease your anxiety. The tips featured in the above article are useful in treating anxiety in any form. Apply what you’ve learned here to your life every day. You should be able to effectively deal with anxiety.

When your anxiety tries to take over, try distracting yourself. Hang out with other individuals as often as you can or do the things that you enjoy. These things will help to take your mind off feelings of anxiousness and may even help you to relax.

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