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5 Things You Should Know About Anxiety


5 Things You Should Know About Anxiety

Anxiety disorders affect about 40 million people in the United States alone, yet most of us don’t know much about them. 

Anxiety can manifest itself in different ways, including social anxiety, phobias, and panic disorder, but all of them are characterized by excessive and constant worrying about everyday life circumstances that seem minor to others or uncontrollable.

Some of the most important things you should know about anxiety include how it develops, how to cope with your anxiety if you have it, and how to help someone with an anxiety disorder.

Here are 5 things you should know about anxiety:

1) Understand That it’s a Normal Response

While anxiety might seem like a strange response to some situations, it is ac normal part of life. Everyone has anxiety from time to time, some people have chronic, excessive levels of anxiety that interfere with their ability to function and enjoy their lives.

One of the most important things you can do for yourself if you are dealing with debilitating levels of anxiety is to accept it as a normal response, seek treatment, and get help dealing with your symptoms on a day-to-day basis.

It’s also good to remember that not everyone experiences anxiety in the same way and while some people might suffer from physical manifestations of their stress, others may experience emotional or mental symptoms related to their stress.

The key thing to keep in mind is that no matter what form your anxiety takes, it is still just another symptom of an underlying problem and one which should be treated accordingly.

2) Don’t Try to Ignore or Stuff Down your Feelings

Anxiety can be overwhelming. It’s normal to want to block out your feelings or ignore them so you can get on with your day, but try not to do that. Putting your emotions off-limits is only going to make you feel worse and more anxious in the long run, instead, work through them. 

If you have time constraints, give yourself a time limit for feeling anxious, say 10 minutes, and then deal with it and move on.

Don’t blame yourself: It can be difficult enough just dealing with anxiety without blaming yourself for it or telling yourself it’s something you need to get over fast because of other people’s expectations of you, or even your expectations.

Remember that there are things you can do to manage your anxiety and remind yourself that no one has ever gotten rid of an empty trying to push it away. 

Learn about what triggers your anxiety: Once you know what sets off your feelings of anxiety, you can start working on managing those triggers. For example, if certain places trigger negative thoughts or memories for you, avoid spending too much time in those places until they don’t cause such a strong reaction anymore.

Be kind to yourself: Dealing with anxiety isn’t easy, especially when it feels like there are no good solutions or answers available. Be kind to yourself as much as possible during these times and remember that self-compassion is often better than self-criticism when it comes to coping mechanisms.

3) Talk with People Who Care

Many people find that talking to someone they care about, who has gone through what you’re going through, can be one of their most valuable resources.

Whether it’s a family member or a close friend, finding someone who understands is vital, chances are good that your loved ones want to help you, they may just not have the ow-how.

Don’t underestimate what a listening ear and open mind can do for your recovery. They don’t have to give advice; just be present with you as you talk about what’s stressing you out. Just knowing that someone cares enough to listen will likely make you feel better.

4) Allow Time for Self-Care

If you’re struggling with anxiety, make sure you carve out time in your daily schedule to take care of yourself. That could mean anything from meditation to calling a friend to simply taking a quiet moment for yourself.

However, if you choose to de-stress, do it regularly, not just when stress feels overwhelming. Self-care is one of those habits that are important, but often gets pushed aside because there are more urgent things we should be doing instead, but taking care of yourself early and often can help lessen feelings of exhaustion and overwhelm over time.

Plus, by showing yourself that you matter and deserve some self-love, it becomes easier to reach out when needed rather than letting stress build-up without any outlet or release.

5) Use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Techniques 

If you’re going to overcome anxiety, you have to stop living in fear. However, in that, you have to know exactly what makes you anxious and why.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a useful technique for pinpointing triggers for your anxiety and then finding ways to cope with them.

This can be as simple as making sure there is a flashlight and some batteries by your bed in case of an emergency or practicing deep breathing exercises when faced with a particularly stressful situation.


Stay Calm, Get Help: If you’re suffering from anxiety, don’t be afraid to seek help. With most mental illnesses, like depression and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), sufferers are afraid of being labeled crazy or weak.

The good news is that's not an anxiety issue. As with other disorders, people understand and many have even experienced it themselves.

While managing your anxiety may seem daunting, there are plenty of resources available to help you overcome these overwhelming feelings. 

Talk to a friend or family member about what you're going through, they can offer support and suggestions on how to get started or talk to a professional who specializes in helping people with their issues.


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