Physiology dictates that we experience stress when met with an unfavorable circumstance.
This is supposed to jump-start our survival instinct and help us react accordingly.
Anxiety is a kink in this system, where the increased psychological tension and uneasiness leads to an inability to function effectively.
It is the most common mental illness in the U.S. with over 40 million people estimated to suffer from the disorder.
It can present suddenly as an acute attack (with dizzy spells, headaches, nausea, heart palpitations) or can progress to a more chronic state where anxiety becomes a staple of daily life.
The Potential Dangers of Anxiety
Interference with normal functioning
The symptoms of anxiety can paralyze the ability to perform effectively either at work or at home
Symptom of a psychiatric illness
Illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder present with recurring bouts of anxiety in the early stages
Progression to depression
The immense strain put on the brain in the long-term by the vicious cycle that is anxiety can lead to depression.
Tips on how to overcome anxiety
1. The serenity prayer
This is not so much a prayer as it is a principle to live by:
The wisdom to accept the things we can’t change and the courage to change those we can.
Accepting your humanity and the limitations that come with it, will help ease your worries.
2. Find a support network
This could be a loved one or a group of people dealing with the same anxiety issues.
This backbone of trust and support will go a long way in helping you deal with anxiety
3. Create a daily fitness regimen
Exercise helps balance out hormones that increase during stress.
Proper exercise will also help improve your sleep patterns, this is very important as the mind requires sleep to recover from the stresses of the day.
4. Mother nature’s anxiolytics
Use them by burning incense while meditating, adding them to baths or even during a massage.
5. Adopt a simplistic and positive attitude towards life
Begin by cutting down on any activities that are not essential but end up overwhelming you.
Second, accept your failures and your successes in stride and know that neither defines you
6. Last but perhaps one of the most important is balance
There must be balance in our lives.
From what you allow to come into your mind down to the things you eat.
I believe many of our mental disorders and health-related issues have a lot to do with common habits of unhappy people, therefore we must learn how we keep a balance between the mind, body, and spirit.
Let’s look at a very revealing infographic that will give you helpful additional information:
As you can see, one of the most common mental illnesses in the world has to do with anxiety. It is also believed by many, that anxiety is a root for many other illnesses.
When you begin to make the connection of the mind to the body, it starts to make sense.
Having mental illnesses such as anxiety begins to have a ripple effect throughout your body, which is why it is extremely important that you seek the help of a professional that can help you with this sooner rather than later.
You can find additional information on the healing connection between the mind and body, this will help you understand how mind and body go hand in hand.
The anxiety infographic was made by and published on Tower of Power
Photo credit: Holly Lay
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