Lots of people can get anxious every now and then. If there is a big exam coming up, a medical test or even a job interview, many people tend to get nervous and anxious during or before the event. However, there are some people that have a more severe kind of anxiety.
Some people struggle to control the apprehension they feel so much so, that it starts to affect their daily lives. For some, anxiety can make a person really struggle to do basic things that people without anxiety would consider being a normal part of life.
What causes anxiety?
The exact root cause for anxiety isn’t fully understood yet. Medical professionals believe that there are several factors that could contribute to a person having anxiety. One of these being high activity in certain areas of the brain that are involved with behaviour and emotion. When your brain is running overtime, it can cause you to change the way you behave or feel. Thus, spurring feelings of anxiety.
If a person has gone through a traumatic experience such as abuse, then they would be more likely to get anxiety. Abuse sticks in the brain as a painful memory, it can cause overthinking, chronic stress, poor self-esteem, poor confidence and nervousness. These symptoms all relate back to anxiety. However, anxiety can also be inherited through genes from your parents. It’s estimated that you are 5 times more likely to develop anxiety if a relative has anxiety.
Symptoms of anxiety
Symptoms can range from:
- Feeling nervous/tense a lot of the time
- Difficult to control breathing/hyperventilating
- Feeling tired
- Trouble thinking about anything else but the worries
- Trouble sleeping
- Body shaking
- Racing or pounding heart
- Cannot control the worrying
Here are some tips on managing anxiety:
Meditation helps to slow racing thoughts, making it easier to manage anxiety.
Finding a way to express anxiety can make it feel more manageable. Writing down your thoughts and feelings helps you cope better.
Regular exercise burns off anxious energy.
Talk to someone
Talking to someone you trust about what’s making you anxious could be a relief. It may be that just having someone listen to you and show they care can help.
Get enough sleep
Sleep can give you the energy to cope with difficult feelings and experiences.
Have a healthy diet
Eating regularly and keeping your blood sugar stable can make a difference to your mood and energy levels.
Anxiety is a vicious mental illness that can affect anyone. If you think that you might have anxiety, then seek support from family and friends or go to your GP. Your GP will be able to give you more advice and options on how to treat it either through professional help and medication or on how to relieve the symptoms yourself.
No one should face anxiety alone.