What is anxiety?
“Where there is a will there is a way.” Fact. And most importantly it is the silver lining to most challenges we encounter. Now I think we can all relate to those anxious moments and let’s not forget it’s a perfectly natural response to situations beyond our comfort zone. That unease that sits at the pit of your stomach or nagging worry at the back of your mind switching from dormant to active every now and then. Sound familiar? We know that as anxiety and it may be reassuring to know that its a universal experience! However, the concern tends to kick in when those anxious moments go from infrequent to frequent. The worries progressing into bigger fears with the potential to affect our daily lives. The more frequent its occurrence the more anxious we become to manage the anxiety.
The frustration arises more at its physical presence in the body as well as emotional response.
Physical symptoms may include:
- problems with sleeping
- disruption to concentration
- heart palpitations
On the emotional front it tends to be a cascade of thoughts that can spiral out of control leading to the above. So when emotional and physical responses join forces, it can be challenging to combat to say the least.
What can cause it?
The triggers are vast. Ranging from genetics to external factors such as lifestyle , health conditions or even life experiences. The crucial element to remember here is that we are all unique and respond differently to different situations. However, to reiterate “Where there is a will there is a way?” Well, with that optimism in mind we progress to the more uplifting part of the post and explore the management ways. So harnessing that positive will lets explore those ways…
How to combat anxiety?
Often the most challenging part of dealing with anxiety is identifying its presence in the first place. The encouraging pointer here: the initial step of diagnosis is the hardest, achieve that and achieving situation control is already in sight!
My belief with all mental health conditions is the importance for reaching out for a solution that will aid resolving the core of the problem rather then simply just finding ways to mask the symptoms. As disruptive as anxiety can grow to be, management is key and yes it help can pave the way for some long term solutions. Medication can provide help in bringing the physical symptoms under control and that is something you should most certainly consult your doctor about. However there are other and may I add more effective ways on how to combat anxiety:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Now don’t be put of by the fancy medical term, this is simply also known as counselling. This can be great in helping to understand the triggers better, altering the mind set and how we react to it. The most interesting part with counselling is that there are different techniques through which counsellors are able to provide that help, so don’t be afraid to explore them. Part of the solution is to find your comfort zone with the right counsellor through means that you connect to.
This can work miracles! We undermine how beneficial this is for our mental wellbeing as well has physical. This can promote some pretty incredible changes within the brain and help promote that much needed feeling of calmness. Exercise promotes the release of endorphins within the body which you will be happy to know are responsible in making you feel happy! So simple yet so effective!
Understanding the external triggers can be revolutionary in helping you manage anxiety. So take the time to review your daily routine and what it encompasses. Did you know that reducing your caffeine intake and smoking can help alleviate your anxiety? Be open to exploring your ways to make the changes.
This is more empowering the more you learn about it. Knowledge is certainly power. Mediation has the ability to counteract the negative effects anxiety can have on the brain as well as alter the structure of the brain for the better. For more insight why not check out our previous post on How Mindful Will You be this Year?
There is no challenge beyond your reach, create your will and your ways to a solution will appear.
Written by Gina Gambhir