02 Feb How to Handle Anxiety | Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment |
Anxiety, much like any other mental illness, is extremely difficult to handle on a daily basis. The feeling of being in a constant panic, from what may seem like the smallest thing, has many physical and emotional effects on a person. Many people who struggle with anxiety also struggle with substance abuse or behavioral issues as a way to cope with their stress. In this article, you will find out the signs and symptoms, as well as ways to cope with your anxiety disorder.
Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety
There are many signs and symptoms that go along with one’s panic disorder. This disorder is the most common of all mental illnesses and affects 25 percent of all teens in the US; along with 18.1 percent (calculating to approx. 40 million) people between the ages of 18 to 54 in the United States according to this study. Anxiety takes a major toll on a person and their physical and mental health. Here are some signs and symptoms of someone who is struggling anxiety or panic disorder.
- excessive worrying- worrying about everyday things, big or small
- feeling restless or “on edge”
- trouble sleeping- issues falling asleep and/or staying asleep
- having irrational fears- overwhelming, disruptive, and/or out of proportion fears or “phobias”
- tension in the muscles- clenching your jaw, grinding your teeth, balling your fists, flexing muscles
- chronic indigestion issues- stomach ache, constipation, gas, bloating, IBS, diarrhea
- suffering from “stage fright”- social anxiety or fear of being around others
- being self-conscious
- experiencing panic attacks- feeling of fear and helplessness, pounding or racing heart, sweating, breathing problems, numb or tingling hands, chest pain, dizziness or weakness, feeling hot or cold, stomach pain
- flashbacks- reliving a traumatic or disturbing event from your past
- “perfectionism”- obsessive mindset
- compulsive behaviors or “OCD”- intrusive and obsessive thoughts (goes along with perfectionism)
- Self-doubt- constantly second guessing yourself
- suicidal thoughts
- a headache or migraine
- mood swings
- chest pain
How to Cope With Your Anxiety
How do you know if your panic disorder is normal or harmful? Although anxiety is a natural response to the natural stresses that are faced on a daily basis, there is a point where it can go too far. It can begin to interfere with everyday tasks and activities. Is your anxiety affecting your everyday life or your personal relationships with friends or loved ones? Often, this panic disorder can even overlap with depression and make the two feel the exact same.
According to studies, many therapists use two strategies to try and conquer anxiety and panic disorders: challenging one’s negative thoughts and learning how to relax. This can all seem like an “easier said than done” approach, so listed below are some ways to learn how to cope with anxiety in a healthy way, instead of turning to substance abuse or behavioral issues, such as acting out or harming others.
- | Do something you love- write, play music, do art, watch your favorite show or movie
- | Exercise- exercising releases natural endorphins in your brain to make you feel immediately happier
- | Connect with someone- talk to a family member or friend about it
- | Spend time in nature
- | Gratitude- think about all the things you’re grateful for
- | Decide to eat healthier- changing your diet and the way you eat can change how you feel, mentally and emotionally
- | Deep breathing exercises- meditation, yoga
- | Try not to overwhelm yourself- don’t stress yourself out or have too much on your plate at once
- | Get lots of sleep
- | Ask for help
Asking for help, especially when it comes to anxiety or any other mental illness, can be crucial to one’s health and well-being. If you or someone you know is struggling with a panic disorder, mental illness, substance abuse or even behavioral issues, THERE IS HELP available to you, and it’s only one phone call away.
Key Transitions can be your pathway to a healthier and happier lifestyle, giving you tools and skills to be able to handle everyday life, while placing you in a healthy and safe living environment. If this is something you would like to learn more about, call 800.421.4364 for a free consultation. No one should have to struggle alone.