Difficulty breathing, heart palpitations, extreme nervousness, mental blockages, muscle tension… Who hasn’t experienced an anxiety attack at some time or another? Daily life sometimes puts us into situations that we may not know how to handle and make us feel overwhelmed.
The type of anxiety we feel when speaking in public or getting on a plane, for example, isn’t life altering and doesn’t upset our daily balance. But what happens when anxiety establishes itself in our lives and we start to feel like the victims of fear and obsessive thoughts almost daily?
It’s a health risk, both physically and emotionally. Hence the importance of knowing how to manage daily anxiety and to recognize all the aspects of this distressing feeling. Keep reading to learn more about anxiety and how to tell if you’re suffering from it.
1. Avoiding or not knowing how to recognize emotions results in anxiety
Here’s an example: you’re at a family reunion and because of a misunderstanding and the argument that followed, you end up having problems with a family member. You try not to give it any thought, but now you radically avoid going to family reunions and may even develop negative thoughts and discomfort towards some members of your family.
What you should have done was recognize the problem you had with that person. Talk and reason with them, without blaming other relatives, thus avoiding the overload of emotional tension and anxiety. Avoiding or escaping from situations only makes the problem worse.
2. Differences in brain chemicals
You probably know people who’ve become anxious for no reason. Calm personalities rarely worry and confront their problems with emotional balance. However, certain people develop intense anxiety, negative thoughts and even avoidance at the slightest problem.
Why does this happen? Why are some people so different from others? Dopamine and serotonin are neurotransmitters that generate these anxiety processes and some people suffer from over excitation in the cerebral circuits that makes them react more intensely in comparison with others.
3. Warning signs
Some people may not be aware of how anxiety is gradually establishing itself in their lives and that can be dangerous. What are the early warning signs?
- Problems sleeping
- Problems with digestion
- Muscle cramps, shaking hands
4. The relationship between anxiety and other problems
The majority of times anxiety doesn’t appear unaccompanied. In fact, it’s clearly related to other problems that we need to be aware of:
- Some emotional problem, betrayal, a loss…All of that can make it difficult for a person to face the day and make every little thing a source of anxiety.
- Depression. It’s not always easy to diagnose, and often people will develop other problems without realizing that the root of the problem is depression.
5. The power of physical exercise
You’ll be surprised, but according to many doctors and psychiatrists, there’s no better treatment for anxiety than a little physical exercise each day. Going for a walk will get your heart rate up to flush toxins which cause chemical changes in the body, allowing you to confront this problem appropriately.
It’s worth keeping in mind.
6. Everyone will experience an episode of anxiety at some point in their lives
Anxiety is a part of being human. We are all fallible, we all are afraid of something, and more importantly, life sometimes puts us in situations that we don’t know how to deal with, hence the appearance of anxiety.
However, we need to think of it as a defense or “warning” mechanism, like a warning signal that tells us there is something we need to be doing, changing or confronting. If you submit to escapism, the problem will only get bigger, so you should face the stressful situation and resolve it.
7. Anxiety affects more woman than men
According to a study by the National University of Mexico, stress and anxiety affect woman at a higher rate than men, especially between the ages of 15 and 50. The reason? Women often have many responsibilities and more things to worry about. Woman also have a tendency to think of others before themselves…All of that leads to sudden anxiety attacks and stress that can last for years.
However, there is something that is to their advantage and differentiates them from men: they manage stress and anxiety better because it’s easier for women to talk about their emotions. They know how to recognize and manage them more effectively.
Don’t forget this information and confront your daily anxiety.