Anxiety is a normal emotion for most of us to experience from time to time, and in small amounts can actually be a good motivator.
Anxiety disorders are the most common disorders in Australia, affecting about 2 million (2008).
Anxiety is related to fear, but it is different. So how can you tell the difference?
Fear is a feeling of tension that is associated with a known source of danger. Anxiety is also a feeling of tension, but in this case, the danger or the threat of danger is unknown. Anxiety is often anticipatory — worrying about the future. Without apparent reason, a person may worry about the success of their business, or fret over the health and well-being of a child, or feel apprehensive about their own health.
Anxiety is the culprit that wakes us in the night, and won’t let us go back to sleep. It distracts us, and makes us irritable and forgetful. Physical symptoms can include trembling or shakiness, clammy hands, dry mouth, sweating, headaches, neck pain, frequent urination, and heart palpitations.
As mild anxiety is normal in our daily lives it can be managed well with some basic tools, good nutrients, and if it gets worse, some herbal medicines are very effective.
Take this quiz to find out how well you already use some basic anxiety-relieving tools. Simply ask yourself these questions:
- When I feel anxious, I take deep breaths to ground myself, and calm myself down.
- To ease some of the tension, I relax my body and physically release the tightness in my shoulders, neck, arms, and chest.
- I vent my feelings of anxiety by writing or talking to someone. This helps get the strong emotions off my chest, and out of my body.
- I channel the tension into some kind of physical activity like walking, or sweeping the floor, or doing the dishes, or watering the yard.
- I get a reality check by talking to someone I trust about my reasoning or thinking, or the conclusions I’ve come to.
- If I know I’m going to be in an anxiety-producing situation, I plan through how I will handle it; I get myself ready.
- I watch how others get through stressful situations and model them; I ask questions about the best way to handle situations or events or people.
- When the same anxiety comes up over and over, I log and assess possible causes and solutions.
- When it doesn’t interfere with my normal life, I generally try to avoid people, places, and events that I know will produce anxiety.
- Sometimes, when I have to face a situation that I know will cause anxiety, I take someone with me.
- I face and take responsibility for problems and commit to a plan of action, rather than avoiding, denying, minimizing, or blaming.
- I nurture a positive attitude.
- I seek support from friends, counselors, self-help groups, etc.
More intense feelings of anxiety are emotionally painful, and can interfere with a person’s daily functioning. If you’re concerned about your feelings of fear and anxiety, don’t hesitate to contact me. Clinically proven natural treatments can work quickly, so you don’t have to suffer alone.
Provided by: Sheridan Genrich, CGP
Sheridan Genrich is a naturopath and nutritionist who received her health science degree from Charles Sturt University, and also received the Dean’s award for academic excellence. Sheridan mainly works with over-stretched professionals, entrepreneurs, and executives who struggle to be in their best health. For more information visit her page, Refresh now.