Anxiety is a completely normal feeling that everyone experiences from time to time. While some people cope with it better than others, there are still some people who are completely unable to deal with anxiety and/or they feel anxious about everyday situations or nothing at all. For these people, relationships can become strained, work can become impossible and sometimes, just leaving the house is a challenge. A diagnosis should only be made by a mental health professional but there are signs, like a loss of sleep, severe or frequent panic attacks, or obsessive/compulsive behavior, that usually indicate there is a problem.
Anxiety can be so severe that it will also affect the physical being of sufferers. Chronic problems with the digestive tract can indicate an anxiety disorder. Many people don’t realize the impact that worrying and stress can have on a person’s digestive system. Common issues are diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, and constipation. Another physical manifestation of an anxiety disorder is muscle tension. Muscle tension is frequently scene as a clenched jaw or clenched fists. It usually requires an expert to connect the described behaviors with some other signs that can be difficult to identify.
How Can You Make It Better?
There are many reasons why anxiety needs to be identified as early as possibly by a mental health professional, not the least of which is because anxiety affects not only the individual but often the people who are closest to the sufferer. If you or someone close to you is already seeing a therapist, you are like to discuss at some point what you can do outside of the therapist’s office to help deal with anxiety. However, if the sufferer is hesitant to see a therapist, there may be steps that can be taken to help alleviate the symptoms in the short run.
These steps are not an alternative to treatment but a temporary solution or supplement to treatment.
• Relax – Today’s fast-paced society demands a lot from everyone. Some people maneuver through life without a hiccup but most of us require at least a few moments every single day to relax, breathe, and reflect.
• Health – It’s easy to take our bodies for granted but taking care of yourself is crucial to your mental health. This doesn’t necessarily mean spending two hours in the gym every day. A 30-minute walk would be sufficient but some sort of exercise should occur almost every day. Furthermore, eating right is also important. Forego the fast food and incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet. It won’t take long for you to see the difference.
• Get Help – Not necessarily help from a mental health professional although that is also necessary. Human beings were not meant to go through life alone. If things are tough at work, with your family, in your personal relationships, or in any other aspect of your life, ask for help from someone you trust. This might be help with your yardwork or just someone to talk to.