Having Anxiety and Managing It Too
According to Adaa.com “anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 or older.” There are many ways to manage your anxiety ranging from things such as meditation and eating certain foods all the way to sedatives that keep you sleeping. Managing anxiety can be a hard and difficult task, but with hard work it is most definitively something that you can overcome!
There are many things that can cause or trigger anxiety. Some of the basic causes that we know about are a prevalent family history of anxiety, prolonged exposure to stressful situations, and extended use of caffeine or tobacco, which can worsen an already existing anxiety condition. An anxiety condition is not created by an individual event, but rather a combination of things. Many factors play a role ranging from personality traits to difficult life situations or physical health. Sometimes people will have a genetic predisposition to certain mental health conditions. But, just because you have a close parent or relative that struggles with anxiety or mental health it does not mean that you automatically will get it. Research also supports that certain personality traits are more likely to have anxiety versus others. According to beyondblue.org “For example, children who are perfectionists, easily flustered, timid, inhibited, lack self-esteem or want to control everything, sometimes develop anxiety during childhood, adolescence or as adults.” This being said sometimes children may show signs that they are having anxious thought patterns or such. Another cause of anxiety or anxious thinking is prolonged exposure to stressful situations. For example if you are in a hostile work environment and your boss is always telling you that you are a bad person and you don't work hard enough, then you are going to be anxious and become way harder on yourself than you should be. Lastly, another cause of anxiety is prolonged uses of substances such as alcohol, tobacco, caffeine and illicit drugs. When you have symptoms due to the use of these products it is called a substance induced disorder.When consumed in large quantities, caffeine can cause mild to moderate anxiety, though the amount of caffeine that leads to anxiety varies.Things such as alcohol and illicit drugs are euphoric and increase social interaction, which when you are not on them you can feel the stress and anxiety intensify which will then lead you to go and consume again, it is a very vicious cycle.
One of the most important parts of managing your anxiety is to figure out in what way does your anxiety affect you! There are many different types of anxieties or different forms of anxious thinking. One of the most common is something called generalized anxiety. Generalized anxiety is when you do not have a specific reason to be anxious but are just more or less waiting for something bad to happen or feel as if the world is going to end at any moment. Sometimes this can be the worst form of anxiety, because you cannot pinpoint exactly what is going on to make you anxious, so there is no exact way for you to remove any trigger point. Another form is called social anxiety. Social anxiety is a condition in which social interaction causes irrational anxiety. For example, some of the irrational thoughts are my left ear is too big they are laughing at it, I don't walk like a normal person, My laugh is terrible, no one likes me because I don't say the right things. Things like that are the unreasonable thoughts that a person with social anxiety may go through. At its worst some people may even begin to avoid social interaction so that they do not have to deal with the annoyance o the anxiety. The best way to explain it is it's like a little monster that is always in the back of your head doing it's best to control you. It can be very scary and hard to deal with. The final way that I am going to go over is anxious thinking when it comes to eating or the body figure. At least 30 million people in the United States are affected by an eating disorder. There are many different aspects whenever it comes to an eating disorder. Some people may overeat to the point where it affects their physical health, this is often referred to as binge eating. Then there are people who do not eat anything for extended periods of time. Then there are the people that are in the middle where they binge and then do methods to prevent themselves from gaining weight, this is referred to as bulimia nervosa. The most dangerous part of this is that some of these anxious thought patterns can be deadly and or dangerous. It is very important to identify in what way you are affected so that you can begin to make the positive changes necessary to better your life!
Now that you have taken the time to identify in what way you have anxious thought patterns it is important to being your road to recovery. There are many natural remedies that you can do to manage or eliminate your anxiety when you feel it coming on. One of the most popular is drinking three cups of chamomile tea to calm yourself. Chamomile has a naturally occurring relaxation effect. You could also breathe in some lavender or take a hot bath with Epsom salts. These all have the same effect, it is just a matter of finding what specifically works for you. If you want to dive in a bit deeper and be even more proactive then you might consider talking to a therapist. Talking to therapist can be very helpful, because they can help you sort through your emotions and give you useful tools and information regarding what you are going through. Something else you can do is try an FDA approved dietary supplement that has been proven to help reduce anxiety, promote sleep, and do the things that you need it to do. Some of the most common ones are CBD oil or kava kava. It is very important that you do your own research and find out if it going to work for you first.
Anxiety or an anxious way of thinking can be scary and life changing. It is very important to learn about what you are going through and find ways to manage that work for you.