Self Help For Anxiety

Self Help For Anxiety

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is characterized as a type of fear, fear being one of our strongest emotions affecting both mind and body. Fear can save our lives in an emergency situation but can also cripple us mentally when it is present in everyday non-emergency situations. Anxiety is normally associated with the thought of  “what will happen if ?” or our thinking of a future event or circumstance as opposed to what is happening in the present.

When you are gripped with anxiety your mind and body speed up considerably and you may experience some or all of the following symptoms :

  • Breathing rate increases dramatically
  • Heartbeat increases, pounding in your chest, may feel irregular
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Stomach churning
  • Feeling weak all over
  • Dry mouth

These symptoms all occur because your body is preparing for an emergency response ” the fight or flight response”  blood flow is concentrated on the muscles to give you strength when needed, blood sugar increases too and your heart works harder to pump the blood. Your fast breathing or hyperventilation may cause cramp in the extremities, this a sure sign of anxiety/panic.

Anxiety also has longer term effects, such as :

  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Consistent sense of fear
  • Lack of self-confidence
  • Depression

In some cases anxiety can take over your life, affecting appetite, sleep, concentration and can develop into phobias, panic attacks and other anxiety disorders. It can confine you to the house or even to your bedroom in severe cases which means work, school, social life etc will suffer. Sufferers who have severe anxiety issues will do anything to avoid situations that will make their fear worse.

Once this anxiety cycle takes hold it can be hard to break but it is not impossible, you can learn to feel less afraid and to be able to manage or cope with your fear so you can lead a relatively normal life without avoiding situations which may make you fearful.

Learning to face your fear may take some time but it will be worth it when you get your life back.

Self Help For Anxiety

Here are some ways in which you can help yourself overcome your fears :

  • Learn relaxation – relaxation techniques will help you when dealing with both mental and physical feelings of fear
  • Healthy eating – avoiding too much sugar in your diet will avoid a “sugar rush” which can bring on anxious feelings. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and try to avoid too much caffeine
  • Exercise regularly – physical exercise can trigger brain chemicals that improve mood
  • Be active, get busy – activity will take your mind off your fears and worries
  • Cut down on alcohol – the after-effects of alcohol is known to induce feelings of anxiety

We are very fortunate today to have many self help programs available on the internet, instantly downloadable, no need to wait for a package to arrive.

Search google or another search engine for ” Self Help For Anxiety” and you will be taken to pages of results containing many different self help programs, the secret here is to find a program which is well established and has many positive reviews and testimonials from real people.

Take a look at my main site reviews  at a program I purchased many years ago and which is one of the well established self help programs available today.

Self Help For Anxiety

Self Help For Anxiety

Andrew Tudor Jones

 

 

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