Anxiety is the feeling of unease, such as worry or fear. It is an intense and constant fear, which is so loud in a person’s life that it tends to interfere in their life activities.
According to scientists, anxiety is said to take place when the body overstresses. Therefore, when the body overstresses, it releases fear, worry, and unease feeling.
As human beings, we all do feel anxious at times, especially in uncertain circumstances; such as in times of sickness, when we have an important exam to write, job interviews, when we move to new places or new jobs. Life is full of stress.
Therefore, Feeling anxious, nervous, or afraid is completely normal, however when it becomes extreme to the extent that you can not function, then you may have what doctors call anxiety disorder.
But for the purpose of this article, I focus on the general form of anxiety.
Since we are all different and our bodies react differently to different things, we may also experience anxiety differently. However, there are some common symptoms that people feeling anxious to tend to experience the same way.
Symptoms of anxiety
- Fast breathing
- Sweating palms
- Increased heart rate
- Worry of something going wrong
- Panic attacks
- Difficulty sleeping
- Unease feeling
- Dry mouth
- Blackout/ difficult remembering things
- Fear of failure
- Lack of rest
- Medical condition
Ways to cope
- Seek medical help if your anxiety level is extreme.
Anxiety can be caused by other serious medical conditions, therefore, it is important to seek medical help if you notice your anxiety is interfering with your normal life. In extreme cases of anxiety, doctors will prescribe medication, which can help control it. So seek professional help when needed.
- Stay active and exercise.
Get yourself busy and occupy your body with activities that get your heart pumping. It has been proven that physical exercise is a great tool to manage stress and anxiety. So get moving. Note when I say exercise, I do not necessarily mean high intensive training, it can be little things like taking a walk or dancing or a yoga class. Find something you love doing.
Because anxiety causes one to run short of breath, one of the easiest ways to calm your nerves and regain self-control is through breathing. When you feel anxious, your heart starts to beat faster, which makes you lose control. So whenever you feel nervous, afraid, or uneasy, just take a very deep breath.
Research has shown that deep breathing helps calm the central nervous system down, which in turn helps reduces anxiety.
- Fill your mind with a positive thought.
Life is full of problems and each day comes with its own issues, which may cause us to be anxious. But instead of sitting down worrying about what could happen, think instead about the good things that are happening around you.
Engage in positive thinking and fill your thoughts with things that elevate you rather than things that make you anxious.
What negative thoughts only produce fear, which in turn cripples you and makes you weak. So think positive, face your fears, and take back control over your life.
- Journal your thoughts.
Whenever you start feeling anxious, take a pen and paper or your phone, and start making notes. Write your fears, worries, and whatever comes into your mind. By writing down your thoughts you will see how irrelevant those fears were. Writing will help you normalize your fears and worry and will help you recognize your thoughts patterns.
Also, research has shown that writing is a great form of therapy so when next you start to think negative thoughts, just take something and start writing those thoughts down.
- Join groups.
If your anxiety is getting in your way of life, then find some therapeutic groups you can join. There are many such groups on Facebook or Instagram where people from all walks of life talk about anxiety and how they are all dealing with it. While these groups can be helpful, use caution and wisdom. Study the group carefully and don’t post any personal information that may harm you there.
7. Listen to inspirational music or podcasts.
Anxiety starts from the mind so the best way to uproot it is by listening to good music or inspirational audios. Fill your mind with positive music.
8. Read your bible and pray.
The bible tells us to not be anxious about anything because our father in heaven is working on our behalf. So instead of focusing too much on what can be, spend your time rather with God. Tell Him what your fears and worries are and trust Him to find solutions for you.