Anxiety for Beginners

Anxiety seems to be getting more and more common with each passing year, but what’s the difference between anxiety and an anxiety disorder? How do you handle it? What is treatment like?

In this article, we’ll explore the topic of anxiety disorders, demystifying this condition and directly explaining it so you can keep it from getting the better of you.

What is anxiety

Anxiety is a sense of uneasiness, apprehension, and/or panic that can affect every aspect of your life. Anxiety is usually nonsensical; it creeps up when you least expect it and makes it seem impossible to do anything at all. It can petrify you and cause you to freeze in your process.

Anxiety vs. Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety is the feeling while an anxiety disorder is a little different. An anxiety disorder causes you to be anxious and panic over seemingly nothing. It can make everything feel terrifying and impossible.

An anxiety disorder can be genetic, but it can also be developed by unfortunate circumstances. If you grew up in an unusual home, were raised with a particular type of parenting style, or even just had an overwhelming sense of chaos present in your home, you can develop an anxiety disorder.

While common anxiety has an identifiable source and can fade once said source is gone, an anxiety disorder lingers around. It can incite panic over nothing, cause you to be apprehensive about just about everything, and rarely has an identifiable source. It can sometimes take medication to battle anxiety disorders, but it always takes hard work and focus.

What are common symptoms of anxiety disorders?

While each anxiety disorder is a little different, there are a few tell-tale signs we can nail down to help you determine if you might be struggling with an anxiety disorder.

  • Panic flares over little to nothing
  • Heart racing
  • Stomach pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Lack of sleep
  • Change in eating habits
  • A constant sense of anxiousness

If you noticed any of these symptoms and are concerned you might have an anxiety disorder, we recommend consulting with your primary care doctor, psychologist, or psychiatrist sooner rather than later.

What can you do for anxiety disorders?

As we said above, anxiety disorders can sometimes require hypnosis, psychotherapy, or medication to help to ease it, but not always. There are some regular practices that can help to ease your anxiety without medication as well as some natural alternatives to harsh anxiety medications.

Develop healthy routines

Order and routine is the number one enemy to anxiety disorders. The simple act of developing a healthy daily routine can help to establish order in your life and ease your anxiety. Structuring your time daily helps a lot – life becomes more predictable. Anxiety can arise when you are worried about the unexpected. Make less of your day unexpected — life will still throw in unpleasant stuff, but also pleasant stuff.

Talk about your concerns

Anxiety disorders feed off your uncertainty and fear. The more you talk about your concerns and fears the better you’ll feel. Outsider perspective can also help you to see that there isn’t a source for your fear and help to calm you down.

Limit caffeine and other stimulants

Caffeine can make your anxiety worse, as can putting yourself in situations that make you anxious. Avoiding loud, overly stimulating situations like parties or concerts can help.

Get more sleep

Lacking the necessary amount of sleep can cause anxiety conditions to worsen. If you find yourself unable to sleep, limit caffeine, television or radio, lights, and busy patterns. A calm, quiet environment can help keep your anxiety at bay and allow you to get some much-needed sleep.

Explore Drug-Free Help to Relieve Anxiety

Many people with anxiety find that regular physical exercise — even walking every day, meditation, yoga, hypnosis, and/or relaxation exercises can help a lot. If a gym membership works (and you go there regularly), great – go for it. 

Psychotherapy has moved past Freud and psychoanalysis to deal with anxiety – there are outstanding psychotherapists who offer a more time-limited and practical cognitive behavioral therapy with specific strategies that really focus on lowering anxiety in a matter of weeks rather than just exploring your childhood for years.

In addition, find a qualified hypnotist or hypnotherapist in your local area. Hypnosis is a powerful way to reduce anxiety and help you re-program your repetitive anxious thoughts away. 

If you are someone who can’t figure out how to get started, join a local class or activity group, find an online course, or just find some of the many amazing free YouTube.com videos on how to meditate, do yoga, or breathe for relaxation.

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As Yoda said, “Do or do not. There is no try.”  Live by that simple insight, and your anxiety can fade away. Take action today.

 

About the Author Kris Greenway

Natural Wellness Zone is a blog discussion of approaches to self care using complementary, alternative, and integrative therapies that make sense to help people dealing with a range of health challenges. Kris Greenway is a fellow patient who has researched and found more natural ways to deal with a long list of health problems, including type 1 diabetes, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, leaky gut, and arthritis. She includes information and updates from expert physicians to educate people about their natural wellness options.

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