Anxiety Disorders: 7 Things You NEED to Know

15
Jul

anxiety disorder

Everyone thinks they know what anxiety is.

The occasional butterflies in the stomach, worries, tension.

Then there are anxiety disorders. These are regular battles with anxiety that oscillate from mild and moderate, to hard core and impossible. 

 

What An Anxiety Disorder Feels Like

Even in its mild state, an anxiety disorder is exhausting. The mind and body seem forever racing, on overdrive, the what ifs, self-imposed deadlines, concerns about tomorrow, next week, next year always encroaching.

In its worst state, anxiety covers you like a cold blanket and descends upon the body and mind like a living, breathing demon. Thoughts are suddenly electrified with urgency and negativity.

Everything stops.

The direction from the brain: Run. Hide. Find relief! Fix this!

 

Other Ways Anxiety Is Described

Courtesy of writer Kirsten Corley (and paraphrased, for brevity)

Where Do Anxiety Disorders Come From?

In general, anxiety disorders are borne of many things – specific personality traits, stressful life circumstances, health issues, genetic predisposition and trauma, to name a few.

Your body gets in on the act, too. When you experience stress, the body offers up an anxiety response and secretes stress hormones – physiological, psychological, and emotional signals which allow it to manage a “threat.”

 

7 Ways To Cope

Get Help.

It requires bravery to seek medical and/or professional help. But when you do, you open a pathway for answers about your condition. Trying to manage anxiety on your own may not work. I attempted to manage my own anxiety disorder for a handful of decades. My condition did not improve.

 

Do Not Normalize ‘High’ Anxiety.

Trying to cope with high anxiety, not unlike trying to hang off a cliff day after day, can be too much to ask of one person. Holistic therapies such as meditation, inversion, deep breathing and other relief tools will ease symptoms. But these tools are not always sufficient to battle this daily demon. Therefore…

 

Do Not Discount Medication.

No one wants to take medication. But as a relentless beast, high anxiety will often demand relief, as it can be utterly debilitating to cope with otherwise. Many different ‘medication’ routes – from holistic choices to ‘big pharma’ – can be tweaked and personalized for individual needs and can be a godsend (potential side effects aside.) In addition, new and improved options are always on the horizon, and hold promise, such as CBD oil.

 

Don’t Hide.

Isolating yourself to cope with anxiety is common. But finding other people to be honest with, especially those who love and care about you, is a huge comfort (provided you don’t expect them to be your therapist.) “I told everyone I loved and cared about that I was diagnosed with GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) and depression,” says Kyla Roma, and, “I unintentionally recruited a big group of caring friends…”

 

Read/Research/Learn.

Knowledge is power. Don’t be afraid of your condition. Learn as much as you can about it and its vast range of coping tools. Here are but two examples in the relief and comfort category: IntelliCare (a new app receiving good buzz for anxiety relief) and, Insight Timer, which offers a huge variety of (particularly lovely) meditations – and other offerings – that calm and soothe.

 

Question Yourself. 

Question your anxiety. Keep tabs on it to better understand and manage it. Why am I anxious today? How have I triggered my anxiety today? What can I do to manage my anxiety better now, and tomorrow? How can I manage it better overall?

 

Love Yourself. 

The toughest job of all. And the most important.

We who struggle with anxiety are very hard on ourselves in the first place. (Why? Understanding the roots of your anxiety is likely to yield an answer.)

We have to love ourselves if we want relief from anxiety.

To love yourself with an anxiety disorder means taking action.

It means you:

  • WILL get professional help to report and address your anxiety (and find out why you suffer from it in the first place.)
  • WILL learn about medication(s) that can ease unnecessary suffering.
  • WILL take time – regularly – to research and experiment with comfort practices and proven stress relief tools to manage your condition.
  • WILL find out about the link between anxiety and diet (sugar being a primary culprit.)
  • WILL rest and slow down when necessary.
  • WILL say NO (as well as to set and maintain boundaries) with people, places and things that do not serve your good health.

Managing an anxiety disorder is genuinely hard work. No sugarcoating here.

Loving yourself – and showing it through meaningful action – is where acceptance, understanding and improved management of your anxiety condition begins.

 

 

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