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Taking Control of Anxiety

June 10, 2021

Experiencing anxiety once in a while is normal. It's also common during crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Certain life events, such as having a baby or starting a new career, can also cause anxiety. It's how our bodies respond to situations we find scary or dangerous.

Constant anxiety, however, can make certain health issues worse. There are also medical problems that develop over time as a result of prolonged or frequent anxiety. It's important to learn how to manage your anxiety, so you can take care of your overall physical health.

Symptoms of Anxiety
When you have anxiety, your body produces adrenalin, a stress hormone that allows your heart to work harder so you can have the energy to deal with the perceived danger or stressful situation. As your heart races, the adrenalin causes excess energy and makes you feel jumpy. In more intense situations, such as a traumatic accident, your body produces even more adrenaline. In fact, even the thought of these types of situations can trigger severe anxiety.

When anxiety is intense, many people experience symptoms such as:

  • Heart pounding
  • Nausea
  • Poor sleep
  • Stomachaches and headaches
  • Sweating
  • Tingling in the legs and arms

Uncontrolled anxiety can be a burden that affects your work and relationships. In addition, severe and constant anxiety can cause common medical issues, such as high blood pressure, allergies, and digestive problems. Your doctor will be able to recommend treatment for anxiety if it is the cause of your health issues.

Aside from medical treatment, here are ways to protect your health and manage your anxiety:

  • Spend time with trusted friends and family.
  • Talk with a therapist about your feelings.
  • Exercise regularly or stay active.
  • Eat nutritious foods.
  • Set aside enough time for sleep and rest.
  • Avoid drugs, alcohol, and caffeine.
  • Learn relaxation exercises or meditation.
  • Focus on the positive.
  • You can also visit Psych Hub to access a full online library of mental health resources such as articles and videos.

Different people have different ways of managing their anxiety. If you're dealing with anxiety, try the suggestions above to find what works best for you so you can improve your quality of life - and enjoy it.

Sources:
Beacon Health Options website: Anxiety (accessed March 2021): achievesolutions.net.


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