Information (and Helpful Tips) if You are Struggling with Anxiety
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What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a constant fearful state, accompanied by a feeling of unrest, dread, or worry in which the person may not be aware of what is creating the feeling of fear.
Anxiety is aroused by a number of factors:
• External situations (viewing the nightly news, fast paced lifestyle)
• Physical well being (lack of sleep, blood sugar imbalance)
• Learning (parents who were highly anxious)
• Trauma (situations that may be similar to experiences of the past that caused great pain).
Anxiety symptoms can include:
• Inability to relax
• Tense feelings
• Rapid heartbeat
• Dry mouth
• Increased blood pressure
• Jumpiness or feeling faint
• Excessive perspiring
• Feeling clammy
• Constant anticipation of trouble
• Constant feeling of uneasiness
What are Panic Attacks?
Panic attacks are sudden, overwhelming, fearful reactions that accompany feelings of impending doom. The sufferer of a panic attack may feel like he is “going crazy” or is having a heart attack.
During a panic attack, the person feels out of control. Symptoms include:
• Shortness of breath
• Racing heartbeat
• Ringing ears
• Becoming homebound in fear of another attack
There is a reason we have the emotion fear…
While most people experience fear as a negative emotion, fear has a positive component. If you find that you have turned down a one way street and see a car heading directly at you, fear triggers an autonomic response that sends a signal to your brain to “flee” the potentially dangerous situation.
Fear becomes a problem when a person becomes afraid of things that are not real or when the feeling of fear is out of proportion to what the person is actually experiencing.
Tips for Overcoming Anxiety
1. Change your Thoughts
Dispute negative thoughts and irrational beliefs with positive thoughts and truth. What positive thoughts about the situation are you ignoring?
2. Watch for Triggers
Try to minimize activities and input that induce anxiety.
3. Keep Moving Forward
Learn from setbacks and continue to face down your fears (take some risks).
If you become afraid, to move your focus on the external world and others rather than the internal feelings of anxiety. Focus on the solution, not the problem.
4. Be Patient with Yourself
Remember that growth and recovery from anxiety takes time.
With patience and practice you will overcome your anxiety.
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(Portions of the above material is reprinted with permission from Thrive Boston Counseling in Boston, MA.)