Undoubtedly all of us have experienced some form of anxiety at certain times of our life. Just before an important interview, before we are confronted to give a speech in public or at the time of introducing us to an examination or important test for our career, by putting some examples. In these cases it is usually something normal to recognize a certain degree of anxiety in our body and in general we admit that we are “something nervous” before important situations or difficult, however, when this sensation is not an emotion alone, but is present in a large part of our day-to-day, it means that something is not going well at all.
For many people anxiety is synonymous with fear of the unknown, and this state is accompanied by the recurrent form of the fear of criticism by others and a loss of confidence in self and in own abilities to face different situations.
When anxiety becomes a part of their lives, people are not aware, at the beginning, its easy to “cross the boundary” between experiencing anxiety is transient and appropriate to the context, and the constant fear of facing situations that to others are easy or common. On the other hand adds the fear to suffer a crisis of anxiety, which often results in the isolation and the paranoia and leads the person to avoid circumstances that could lead to take a state anxious.
The anxiety, when it progresses and is not controlled it can lead to disorders such as the agoraphobia, that consists in being afraid to experience embarrassing situations that may cause anxiety or panic attacks (a fear of living a crisis in a public place, to faint, to lose control, ridicule, etc…), which eventually translates into a problem for to perform the activities of daily life.
When this mechanism of reaction becomes a problem, the more likely it is that a diagnosis of anxiety disorder and recommend a drug treatment and cognitive-behavioural therapy to help the person cope with the symptoms that causes the anxiety and avoid to anticipate the possibility of suffering a crisis of anxiety.
For those who are already living this situation and work daily to overcome their anxiety, we want to mention five things that should not be forgotten.
1.- You’RE NOT OVERDOING it
those Who see it from the outside could tell you “relax” when you’re in the middle of a crisis of anxiety or fearing to attend to an episode of anxious. Clearly, if you could relax, you would do it. But it turns out that when you experience anxiety, your body automatically activates mechanisms of response to stress. It may be that the situation that is giving you this response is not for nothing stressful, as seen from the outside, but your body has perceived this way and will not hesitate to react in the only way he knows. As you know this disorder, and you begin to accept that you need to work personally on how to cope with it, you’ll be coping with also the opinions of others and “excuse” who tells you that you exaggerate or that relax is something very simple.
Agree to what you are experiencing and seeks to apply the techniques that you provide the specialists in those moments when anxiety starts to rise. Others do not necessarily understand this process, so don’t be discouraged by their comments or opinions.
2.- You’RE NOT ALONE
One of the worst ideas is the sensation of this alone and that nobody is put in your place. This is not so. There are millions of people who are going through the same thing, either beginning to experience the anxiety in their lives, studying the way to overcome it or that have already been able to get fully control over this disease. Talk to them, lean on their experiences and their stories.
you’re Not alone in this battle and comment on your experiences with those who have gone through something similar is a way to move forward on the path toward your well-being.
you Can find many blogs , forums and groups on social networks that talk about the topic, or also assist groups and associations dedicated to this problem which will surely serve as support to continue overcoming anxiety.
3.- It IS NOT ONLY MENTAL
despite being classified as a mental health disorder, the anxiety is associated to many physiological symptoms such as dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pain, numbness in the arms or fingers, and tachycardia, headache, sleep problems, to name a few.
The people experiencing these symptoms, commonly, not associated with a mental health disorder. Many visit to a doctor asking for another type of disease before the true diagnosis. Therefore, it is not unlikely that many people who live with an anxiety disorder and not be aware of this.
So, if you have doubts about whether the ailments listed above can come from an increase your state of anxiety, ask your doctor and you diagnose. There are solutions, then… why wait?
4.- YOUR ANXIETY IS TELLING YOU SOMETHING
As we have said before, the state of anxiety is a response of our organism in the face of threats or situations of stress. An anxiety disorder does not develop overnight, but it will settle slowly and usually begins at the time of adolescence or youth, taking moments higher than others, and to accrue, above all in periods of stress.
Although not always aware of the precise moment in which he begins to carve the disorder of anxiety and its causes cannot be specified, usually this disorder starts to be created from any experience or stage stressful in the life of the person.
The over-concern for the day-to-day, the fear of things going wrong and anxiety before everyday situations can be a sign of to be leading a pace of life that is not beneficial to you. It is likely that you’re fulfilling many obligations at the same time and this will overpower; you may have put too many expectations in an objective and themes not reach it; or there may be a personal situation, employment or family delicate that you’re not able to confront and solve.
The anxiety that you are experiencing could be a symptom of all those little things that you have not been able to control over time, and in the end have been accumulating: a busy lifestyle, a way little assertive to confront problems, not know how to accept the major changes or problems in the relationship with others are examples of this.
Attempts to identify the factors that can influence the increase of the anxiety and be able to work more effectively to overcome it.
5.- YOU CAN CONTROL it
even Though many times you don’t feel, you can take control of your life. It is crucial that you work to change your perception of things and change your lifestyle. This is why knowing how to identify the causes of your anxiety can help give you with the cure.
Change your lifestyle, your nutrition, your relationships with others and the way in which you speak to yourself are all factors that will represent a step forward in your journey to controlling anxiety. The therapy will help you understand what is happening, its causes and consequences…but the only person able to control and change your life is you.
it Is possible to learn how to distinguish emotions and control situations that can provoke stress. The anxiety can continue to be a part of your life, but does not have to be the main. You can’t give control of your way of acting, feeling and thinking.It is not easy, but it is possible. Take small steps daily and remember that you are fully able to overcome the difficulties that are presented to you in this way.