My Complete Guide For Anxiety Recognition and Fighting.
This week has been rough… anyone else feels the same? Rough week, in which you’ve barely had time to sit and have a calm dinner. No time to sit with your family to chat a little and to recover energy for the next rough week. I know this may not be a constant feeling, but it’s exactly how my week has been. A constant struggle of trying to fit in time for commitments and to still maintain my responsible image with everyone. I wish I could control everything around me so that I wouldn’t have to deal with traffic, people’s tardiness, and so that the schedule I’ve written down in my agenda could work perfectly minute after minute. It simply does not work that way though.
Has anyone felt like that before? Everyone gets nervous and anxious from time to time but how can we tell if out anxiety attacks have crossed the line into a disorder? It’s not easy. I’ve researched a lot and have come up with my own conclusions about my state but I want to tell you about what signs you can look for if you feel like your anxiety levels might be crossing the line.
1. Excessive Worry
Do you feel like you worry too much? Worry about the smallest things and then realize that the solution was as clear as water and you spent half of your day with a constant fear of what was going to happen? This excessive worry might start interfering with your daily life and is accompanied with symptoms such as fatigue. You might spend the whole morning at work thinking on how your schedule can work out, how to solve a simple problem and not being time efficient.
2. Sleep Problems
Sleep problems such as trouble falling asleep or staying asleep are associated with anxiety. These may be signs that you show whenever you have an important day coming up, which is completely normal. What about when you don’t really have anything special coming up? Then this is when the sleep problems start becoming chronic. Another sign of anxiety disorder is waking up suddenly with your heart racing and unable to calm yourself down.
3. Chronic Indigestion
Anxiety symptoms also show in your body’s normal functioning cycle. Irritable bowel syndrome manifests quite often when people suffer anxiety since it is pretty much an anxious stomach. You might manifest stomach ache, cramping, bloating, gas constipation and/or diarrhea.
I am one of those. Winstons says “If you are constantly judging yourself or you have a lot of anticipatory anxiety about making mistakes or falling short of your standards, then you probably have an anxiety disorder” …. Well… couldn’t have explained it better. You don’t necessarily have to be a perfectionist at small things only, but perfectionist overall. Job, family, and everyone’s standards whom you want to meet.
Persistent self-doubt and second guessing is a common feature of anxiety disorders. There is a need for 100% assure of things that can’t be answered at the moment. This turns the question into an obsession.
So do you think you might be suffering from chronic anxiety? Or anxiety at times? Well I also want to help you cope with it. Here are the main tips on how to cope with anxiety:
Take a time out: Find a time to relax a bit. You might do this by scheduling a time to do some physical activity such as working out at the gym, yoga, meditation, a massage, or any other activity that helps you clear your mind.
Limit alcohol and caffeine: These two can aggravate anxiety. So as a recommendation, stay away from them.
Get Enough Sleep: Sleep is incredibly important for your overall health. When you are stressed out, you actually need more sleep.
Take deep breaths: Whenever you feel like you may be too anxious or you are having an anxiety attack, breath slowly and deeply. This will help you relax.
Accept you cannot control everything: Is it really as bad as you think? Is it worth worrying this much?
Talk to people who can give you support: Don’t keep it all in. The people that love you will understand you and give you support whenever you are feeling overwhelmed. Talk to them about it.