“Being anxious is like, sitting in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do constantly but gets you nowhere.”
What is anxiety?
We will all feel anxious at some time and it’s very common to feel tense or unsure about a potentially stressful situation, such as an exam, starting a new job, or moving home or life events like giving birth or getting married. However, some of us get affected more than others out of proportion. Despite being a normal experience, if these feelings are very strong or are lasting a long time, it can be overwhelming. Anxiety can make you imagine things are worse than they are and prevent you from carrying out everyday tasks, or even leaving the house. Where stress is something that will come and go, anxiety can affect a person even if the cause is unclear.
Anxiety symptoms are as follows:
While feeling anxious is a natural response, suffering from anxiety long-term can be very intense. Anxiety will affect individuals differently, however, there are common symptoms listed below.
- rapid and/or irregular heartbeat
- fast breathing
- trouble sleeping
- feeling irritable
- lack of concentration
- panic attacks
Anxiety is a problem that can get worse if the stressors continue to build up. People may feel ashamed to ask for help or believe that it’s not ‘that big a problem’ thus covering their feelings and dealing with it alone. It’s important to know that you deserve support and as lonely as you feel, people care.
While undergoing general anxiety, one of the most important things for one to remember is that it is a frame of mind that can be changed with the guidance of a therapist. It is not a disease, but a challenge that is treatable. One of the ways by which one can combat general anxiety is by sharing their concerns. This will boost their self-confidence and help them to become stronger individuals.
So, come and open up, we are here to hear!
In severe cases, we take the help of medicines and therapies that would help our patients to fight back the physical symptoms caused by the anxiety.