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Dehydration, Stress and Anxiety

Updated on July 6, 2019
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Only someone who experienced anxiety can truly understand the agony.


Dealing with anxiety

Feeling down with everything that happens around you is a common dealing for someone suffering from anxiety. Casually thinking about the small stuff and yet end up digging more problems than solutions is very common as well.

There are numerous things that can trigger anxiety and although you cannot truly eliminate it, you can at least lessen the incidence and even minimize the severity of the attack.

There are numerous factors that affect how our brain works. Often times, these are the things that we take for granted that negatively affect our health. Our daily life can be blamed for this. It's as though modern lifestyle force us off the track.

Every day we are exposed to stressors. This is very detrimental for our mental wellness. Stress is like a set of weight. It doesn't matter how light or heavy it is. If you hold on to it long enough, your muscles will eventually get tired leaving you nothing but aches.

This similarly works with our thoughts. Our anxieties are often the things that had happened in the past but we tend to associate it with our future. It is as though history will surely repeat itself.

It really doesn't matter if it's the small stuff or the huge ones, the thing is, thinking about the same thing repeatedly can overwhelm our mind and consciousness. Anxiety happens when we think and unnecessarily start digging deeper into it. But did it really solve the problem?

Everyday we encounter things that can give us a lot of pressure. These are often times the small stuff that actually happened on the side. But then we start to think and rethink about it for a long time. This results in a lot of question about our being, a lot of what if's, actually.

As a human being, it is our natural reaction to plan ahead. As they say, "if you fail to plan, you plan to fail". And in planning ahead we try to answer and keep up with a lot of questions in our effort to find the right answers for everything we might face. However, thinking too much about the future is the perfect menu to nurture our anxieties.

The need to deal with stressors

Stress can be an everyday thing these days. It can be from work, from home and even our families. When everything seems to align in the opposite direction, we start to think about how helpless we are.

It seems that when we realize this, our mind becomes foggy jumping to more questions rather than looking for answers. This pushes us to be pessimist and edgy at times. And if we cannot stop this behavior, stress will cultivate our anxieties.

Anxiety attack is never a pleasing experience. It can affect your productivity and even your social life. This can even cripple our health. While most people would simply belittle being with a crowd, there are those that make it a big deal every time.

One very good solution….

Remember, it's difficult to fully stop anxiety. However, the severity of each attack can be minimized to the point that it won't be bothersome anymore.

One simple solution is drinking the right amount of water.

Dehydration is one problem that can wreak havoc in our mind. The human body is composed 60% of water.

This means that every organ inside your body depends on water in order to work properly. And it's even worse for the brain as it is composed of 73% water.

Water affects mood. It has a positive effect on the mind that most people do not realize. One obvious reason why anxiety is common these days is our choice of beverage.

If we are on-the-go, we tend to choose something else other than water. Soda drinks, energy drinks, milk teas. These are just fine if taken occasionally. Apparently, most of us still look at water as a second choice when it comes to quenching our thirst.

Proper hydration helps with the proper functioning of our internal organs. Take for instance the circulatory system.

Composed of blood and a network of blood vessels, its main function is to deliver the right amount of oxygen throughout the body. And water has a huge influence over this.

Water helps thin the blood which is an important foundation of a healthy body. This, in turn, affects your blood pressure. And healthy blood pressure is detrimental in keeping healthy internal organs, especially your nervous system.

Also, hypertension is among the reasons we sometimes feel nervous or experience palpitations. If you check the number of times you had a glass of water throughout the day, chances are it's far lesser than the times you checked your social media account.

Final words of wisdom

Depriving ourselves with water comes with a price. This is even worse for someone who has already experienced anxiety.

You see, the effects of dehydration are very similar to what anxiety have. Stiffening of the muscles, dizziness, headache, fatigue and even shortness of breath.

It doesn't even need severe dehydration to get here. Just ignoring your thirst for an hour will make your body suffer these consequences.

If you keep doing this your mind would eventually associate it with anxiety which can trigger a panic attack. Although water won't be the ultimate go-to solution when it comes to problems with anxiety it does minimize the effects of it.

Also, water has a natural calming effect, it is very soothing for both mind and body.

Your body works in a way that it can maintain itself but it needs supplementation. Many people do not realize this fact thus they often ignore their body's signal like thirst.

Bottom line is, if you feel thirsty, grab a glass of water. You'll thank yourself later.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 LowellSansolis


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