“I was not taking joy in the things I once took joy in”, “My anxiety flares up when I have to come out of my comfort zone”, “I used to cry every single day”.
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (AADA) provides a platform for sufferers of anxiety and depression to share their stories with the world. The above-mentioned accounts are first-hand experiences of anxiety sufferers posted on the website.
Medical experts define anxiety to be a result of how your body responds to stress. The feeling of stress is co-related with what might happen in the future. A missed deadline, a wrong response, a lack of awareness about simple things are factors that can induce anxiety. There are certain harmful coping mechanisms that people develop as a result of prolonged anxiety. You must have seen people
- Biting their lips
- Biting their nails
- Shaking their leg
All of these are harmful coping mechanisms that people take up when they’re anxious. Anxiety is also a broad term for certain behavioral patterns that people show when they are stressed. Some forms of anxiety include:
- OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder): This type of anxiety comes in when people can’t control events they are obsessed about. Many people are obsessed with cleanliness. A single speck of dirt can trigger their OCD.
- Panic Disorder: Sudden terror at an uncalled-for event or situation
- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder): Stress that kicks in after a stressful event, e.g., a death in the family, a deadly accident, or a criminal activity
- Social Anxiety: A fear of being judged and criticized by others.
It’s better to get your anxiety diagnosed with certified therapists. Once your anxiety therapy begins, you can make lifestyle changes to curb anxiety symptoms and flare-ups.
Blog It Out!
Since anxiety is our body’s response to stress, all activities that reduce stress will gradually lower your anxiety. Art is a great aid to reduce stress, and nothing works better than being honest about your problem. Anxiety blogs and e-journals have helped millions find a cause. People update their readers about their everyday struggle with anxiety through their blogs. Some top anxiety blogs are:
- The Anxiety Guy
- Nicky Cullen
To know more about your anxiety disorder and how to make it easier to manage, go for proper anxiety therapy. Our anxiety therapy center in Palo Alto focuses on developing problem-solving skills in individuals.
Eat a Healthy Diet
A diet rich in nutrients and minerals is the best for an anxious mind. Carbohydrates impact serotonin, the happiness hormone in your body, causing you to release stress. Good water intake regulates blood flow and has natural calming properties. It’s great for your health and body.
At Silicon Valley Marriage Counseling, we ask difficult questions in a safe environment to make our clients face their situation better. Our anxiety counseling expert, Dr. Azizeh E. Rezaiyan, addresses aspects that work as potential anxiety triggers. To know more about tips to tackle anxiety, contact us at 650 206 9973.