We’ve all been irritated. Had a short fuse. Wanted to scream if someone looked at us or came too close to us just one more time that day.
But what about when you feel like you can’t concentrate? What about those feelings of worry that won’t go away? Well my friend, sounds like you could be experiencing anxiety. So here is what you should know about anxiety to help get yourself through your next spell.
What Does Anxiety Look Like
Now, anxiety attacks can look different from person to person. Anxiety can have different levels and different intensities depending on what your normal is.
- Uncontrollable shaking or trembling
- Hard to control thoughts
- Can’t concentrate, even on simple tasks
- Constant state of restlessness
- Feeling like the worst is always going to happen
Not every person will experience the same symptoms, or the same combination of symptoms. But knowing what to look for can help you get through your anxiety.
How to Treat Anxiety Yourself
Though going to seek professional help is definitely an option, if you aren’t ready for that step yet, or you want to try to see if you can manage your anxiety yourself, there are things to try at home.
- Meditation or yoga
- Reducing alcohol intake
- Cutting back on caffeine
- Increase your daily exercise
- If you smoke, try to quit or at least greatly reduce use
- Change your diet, add more fresh foods and try to cut out processed
- Get a more regular sleep schedule
- Find a hobby or group that excites you and makes you happy
While it may take time to get to everything that can help reduce your anxiety, try just one first. Once you get one aspect of your life under control, then go get another one sorted. If the self-care therapies don’t work, or you don’t feel like you can do it yourself, you take a different route. An online anxiety treatment is a good balance to getting professional help but being able to stay at home.
- Therapies such as psychotherapy and behavioral therapy
- Professional help and therapists
There are so many ways to deal with your anxiety. If one option doesn’t seem to suit you or if one way isn’t working, then try another. The important thing is that you are getting help. If you don’t want to see someone in person, an online anxiety treament is just as good.
What Causes Anxiety
Anxiety is triggered by different things for different people. It all depends on your baseline and how well you usually deal with everyday stress. Some people thrive in high-stress situations and love the thrill of it. Others prefer never to be put in stressful situations.
Big, life altering, unplanned things can increase your stress and cause you anxiety. If you’ve had to move unexpectedly, had a sudden death in the family, been let go from work, or found yourself facing unforeseen financial stress, you could feel your anxiety building.
Even if you are a person that loves high-risk situations, there are things that would break anyone. It’s good and healthy to know your boundaries and know what you can handle, so when something happens that makes things a bit too much you’ll know when and how to deal with it.
Is My Anxiety an Illness
Everyone has anxiety. Everyone has stress. If someone tells you they never do, they do. If someone seems like they never do, they do. A little bit of anxiety is fine. It’s healthy. It’s normal. If you never worry about anything and never stress about anything, that’s a whole other problem.
You should have some anxiety in your life from time to time. But if you feel like every day is a struggle, that every day is filling up with dread and worry, then your anxiety might be spilling over into an illness that you may want to see professional help about. Just know that whatever your level of anxiety is, if you need to talk to someone, or need help, please don’t be afraid to find it.