Updated: Sep 14, 2020
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Suppose you've got an important sales presentation in front of all your peers, and you're nervous. This nervousness is completely normal and may be useful in certain situations because it keeps you more alert and cautious. After the presentation is over, you may feel the nervousness seems to subside, but that's not the case for everyone. In fact, for 3% of the population, this nervousness does not go away, and it is possible that the stress was not triggered due to that particular presentation but was always there. Either way, at this point it’s considered to be anxiety.
Many people around the world suffer from anxiety and they do not recognize it. They instead started thinking that there is something "wrong" with them, such as they are weird, weak, or even going crazy! Unfortunately, these thoughts only make people feel even more anxious and self-conscious. In this article, I will explain everything you need to know about anxiety.
What is anxiety, actually?
Anxiety is the fear of things that have not happened yet. A person with anxiety does not live in the moment and nearly always keeps thinking and worrying about the future. Examples: what if I fail this test? What if I don’t get this job?
Anxiety is also defined as the reaction of over-stress. A big event or a buildup of smaller stressful life events - such as the sudden death of a friend or a family member, exams stress, or ongoing worry about finances - can trigger anxiety. According to a recent study, every one in three college students in the United States has anxiety.
Anxiety is super common. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America’s report, anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental illnesses affecting 19 million children and adults in the U.S. So, let’s explore some of the anxiety disorders…
Generalized anxiety disorder: This is the most common anxiety disorder, and it occurs in six out of every 100 people. Sometimes, it can be quite disabling to activities in daily life. Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by a sense of general anxiety, free-floating anxiety, and a sense of unease and apprehension.
Panic Disorder: People with this kind of anxiety disorder feel an extreme surge in anxiety. They experience an acute spike and severe anxiety characterized by psychological and physical symptoms. They may feel that the world is about to end, or they are about to die. At times managing this kind of anxiety disorder can be quite difficult.
Post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD): PTSD is a very specific type of anxiety and in this condition, the cause of the anxiety is linked to a traumatic point in the person's history. People with PTSD usually experience flashbacks or nightmares from previous trauma, and this can be quite disturbing. The patient may also try to avoid things that remind them of the trauma.
Social phobia: People with this anxiety disorder seek a quiet corner for fear of embarrassment, often avoid social situations, and feel as if everyone is judging them. They do not know what to say or do to stop this judgment, and they believe in staying away from others to avoid being humiliated. They do realize that their fear is not rational but they cannot help it.
Acrophobia: This is the rarest type of anxiety disorder. People with this anxiety disorder fear and avoid places or situations that might cause them to panic and make them feel trapped, helpless, or embarrassed.
Symptoms of anxiety are similar to stress but more intense. It also affects our mental, emotional and physical functioning. Let’s start with the physical symptoms…
Feeling of unease
Change in appetite
Emotional & Mental Symptoms of Anxiety:
In addition to physical symptoms, there are some common emotional symptoms as well, these include:
Difficulty in concentration
Lack of confidence
Nervousness in a public gathering
Negativity in life
Ways to soothe anxiety, naturally...
The best way to get rid of stress and anxiety is to change your lifestyle. So, if you are suffering from extreme stress or anxiety and are struggling to get rid of it, start by taking stock of what's creating the most stress in your life and see if you can make changes or adjustments, then add more activities to your life to create calm and a feeling of peace. Here are some tips that can help you get rid of stress…
Keep yourself busy: This may sound silly and simple, but it is found that loneliness and solitude can be one of the primary reasons behind anxiety.
Body scanning: when you scan your body, focus on the area of the body where you feel the anxiety. It can be your throat, chest, stomach, or shoulders. All you have to do is to focus on that spot, and slowly breathe into it. It’ll surely help in diminishing the anxiety by stopping your mind going out searching for more things to worry about.
Exercise: A study has revealed that regular exercise is a great way of reducing stress and anxiety, and the same study also revealed that it can even be helpful in healing depression.
Phone a friend or family member: If you feel that your level of anxiety has increased too much, calling and talking to a friend or family member will definitely help relieve the anxiety, provided it's one with whom you have a supportive, healthy relationship. So, make a list of three to five people you like to talk to and call them right away if you’re feeling nervous or stressed.
Do something you love: Painting, Cooking, Cleaning, Reading, Dancing, Singing... anything that brings you joy
Get Out: Go for a short walk, hug a tree, smell some flowers, connect with nature, watch the birds, just getting out would remind you of our beautiful life really is.
Take a Nap: We've all heard it, when all else fails, sleep!
CBD for Anxiety:
CBD as been shown to help with different forms of anxiety and anxiety disorders, such as social anxiety disorder (SAD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It may help treat anxiety-induced insomnia as well.
In 2011, a study researched CBD’s effects on people with SAD. Participants were given an oral dose of 400 milligrams (mg) of CBD or a placebo. Those who received CBD experienced overall reduced anxiety levels.
Multiple recent studies have shown that CBD can help with PTSD symptoms, such as having nightmares and replaying negative memories. These studies have looked at CBD as both a standalone PTSD treatment as well as a supplement to traditional treatments like medication and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
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If the symptoms of Anxiety persist for a long time, you should consult your primary health care provider immediately for proper medical treatments.
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