Identifying and countering anxiety around every corner
It is both normal and expected to experience worry and anxious thoughts when encountering certain situations in life. Some of us are very conscious when worry kicks in, while others may only absorb worry in their subconscious. Regardless of the levels of awareness, worry and anxiety can have significant impacts on our mental and physical well-being.
The causes of anxiety are often due to a combination of factors, often with no guarantee that all of them have even been discovered. Some causes may include prolonged exposure to stressful environments, unresolved feelings of fear and insecurity, traumatic past experiences, and genetic susceptibilities as well. Although we all encounter worry, a clear distinction needs to be made from the common states of worry and anxiousness from specific anxiety disorders which are mental illnesses. It is important to seek the consultation of medical health professionals to ensure proper measures are taken.
While causes are more difficult to pinpoint, symptoms of anxiety are often more easily identified. When anxiety is triggered by past trauma or fears, the fear of reoccurrences may be the root cause of uneasiness or worry built upon anticipation. An unsettled mental state can also hinder many other areas of daily functions from being properly addressed and can lead to avoidance patterns and tendencies. When anxiety strikes, the human body may experience symptoms of increased heart rates, nausea, muscle tension, cold sweats and the inability to rest or even sleep soundly.
Many times, anxiety is not addressed or recognized until it reaches the heights of where it may be classified as a disorder. Healthcare professionals often prescribe specific medications and often recommend specialized forms of therapy to identify, cope, and respond to anxiety attacks. No matter the prevalence of anxiety in one’s life, it is always beneficial to help equip the body and mind to better manage triggers and symptoms of anxiety. Finding the ability to remain calm and relaxed during stressful situations is essential. Anxiety spirals out of control when worry is on full-throttle. Meditation, prayer, acceptance, and focusing on the joyous patterns in life’s endless weave of emotions can help bring grounding and peace. Learning to breathe and rest is a skill that takes time and conscious effort to develop. Attending to one’s diet is also vital in preparing the body for various circumstances and to be functioning at its peak capacity. Aerobic exercises, alongside diets can help balance biological functionality including stable hormone levels all to help counter anxiety.