People who struggle with anxiety will be familiar with the regular ways it manifests in their life.
They may typically report symptoms such as:
- Feeling fearful
- Worrying constantly
- Being nervous all the time
Or they may experience physical symptoms such as
- A pounding chest
- Shortness of breath
- Shaking hands
- Tightness in the stomach
But there are lesser known signs that anxiety can show up in your life too. Symptoms of anxiety everyone should know…
Lesser known Symptoms of anxiety
- Multi-tasking, being frantic and always busy
- The need to be perfect and control every situation
- Procrastination – Putting off things that should be done or leaving projects unfinished
- Being hyper vigilant – constantly imagining the worst and over thinking every situation, being overly careful, over preparing/planning for every single mode
- Social withdrawal – avoiding situations and events that would normally be enjoyed
- Indecisiveness – struggling to make decisions or believing that even the smallest of choices has the potential to dramatically impact your whole life
- Snappiness and irritability
- Seeking re-assurance or validation all the time, or not being able to do things on your own such as starting a new activity or going somewhere new
- Lack of good quality sleep
- Muscle tension – the near constant muscle tension can be so persistent, that you may not even notice it any longer
Our brain has been designed to protect us.
When faced with danger our alarm system gets triggered just like the smoke alarm gets triggered when detecting smoke or heat. Our body then engages in the well-known Fight-Flight-Freeze reaction that is so important to our survival.
But when the alarm system becomes faulty, and danger is perceived subconsciously where there is none, anxiety sets in and leave us unable to enjoy life as much as we would like.
There are things you can do to help.
These may not provide instant relief but if you are serious about freeing yourself from anxiety,here a few important things to consider:
- Having a healthy and balanced diet, avoiding sugar and reducing caffeine
- Stopping smoking – people often think that smoking relaxes them but cigarettes contain substances that can trigger anxiety
- Moderating alcohol consumption
Physical activity generates various chemicals in the brain such as endorphins which calms the body down and dopamine which makes us feel good.
Whatever works for you, find a way of increasing movement in your life.
Learn to RELAX deeply
Most of us live such busy lives that we rarely take time to properly relax.
- Make time every day that is “just for you”
- Do something fun or enjoyable
- Practice mindfulness, meditation, yoga or self-hypnosis
Breathing exercises are one of the most efficient ways to bring the body back to calm. Practice them so they become second nature whenever you need it.
Name the anxiety
Research shows that putting feelings into words can reduce anxiety symptoms – the more words the more effective. During research people did not expect that such a practice would reduce their anxiety but it did. This can be spoken or written down.
The more you practice all these strategies, the better you will become!
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