Dealing with anxiety
Written by Bethany Carter Posted in Health
A lot of us can suffer from anxiety but don’t recognise it for what it really is. It can make you feel that you are weak or there is even something wrong with you. It is easy to dismiss it as something no one else will understand but it is far from that with a huge percentage of us dealing with it everyday. But there are ways that we can identify the triggers and the type of anxiety you may be battling with.
There are many different types of anxiety from generalised anxiety, social anxiety to specific anxiety.
•Generalised anxiety is where you can be worrying about lots of different things and happens most days for a long period of time.
•Social anxiety is where you can have an intense fear in everyday social situations
•Specific anxiety is where you can fear one particular thing or situation
The most important point to make it is very normal and most of us can identify a time in our lives when we have felt anxious, for example, going for a job interview or taking an exam.
You can identify the symptoms through three key elements which make up our anxiety; your thoughts, your body’s responses and your behaviour.
Your body could respond with your heart beat and breathing increasing, your body can cool and cause sweating, stomach upset, dizziness or feeling lightheaded are all signs that you may be feeling anxiety.
Your thoughts focus on the action or situation and it may cause you to replay the possible outcomes of the scenario in your head again and again.
Your behaviour, that turns your thoughts and body’s reactions into your consequent actions which may lead you to finding an excuse to get out of the situation.
There are positive steps you can make to manage your anxiety. Firstly, be aware of how others affect your mood and start spending less time with people who make you feel anxious; if you’re not sure who they are start writing a daily diary that shows the patterns in your anxiety and identify what is triggering it.
Be aware of your worries and acknowledge them instead of ignoring and hoping they will pass. Try and confide in someone you trust, that will allow you to talk openly about these worries without feeding your worries with negative scenarios.