More and more, do you find yourself fighting feelings of worry? Do you feel increasingly anxious and tense? Do you obsess about things that may or may not happen? If so, you may be one of the millions who suffer from anxiety.
When you are under stress or anxious, this system kicks into action, and physical symptoms can appear. Simple strategies can reduce the headaches, upset stomach, and shortness of breath that may be triggered by emotional stress.
When we become intolerant of uncertainty and risk, and come to fear the experience of anxiety itself, our world becomes smaller. It is time to stop dreading anxiety.
Anxiety presents in several ways, including generalized anxiety, social, academic, and/or performance anxiety, phobias, post-traumatic stress, obsessive-compulsive and panic disorders. The good news is when anxiety is addressed, it can be successfully treated.
While it may not feel good at the time, anxiety is a needed experience. It warns us of danger and can be a motivator for us to react or move on to the next step. For many, once the body recognizes the danger is gone, things shift back to normal. It’s when it doesn’t and we live in a constant state of fear and worry, that anxiety can become a problem.