Anxiety can be a crippling condition so these easy to follow instructions are vital when learning how to live with it
There is a storm raging in your head. You are sitting in a room full of people that could just as well be a herd of lions. There is no other explanation for why you feel so afraid of them. And it’s not only them. It’s the impending presentation you have to give in front of this mob. What if they laugh at you? What if you forget what you had been rehearsing for a few weeks now? There is no logical reason for this happening, yet you can’t stop thinking about it. Your breath is shallow and your heart is pounding uncontrollably. You are sweating profusely and you wish that this feeling would just go away. If this situation seems normal, you might be suffering from an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety, to a certain extent is normal for a person to experience from time to time. However, when the nervousness that one feels before speaking in public or meeting someone new becomes a disorder that makes it difficult to carry out everyday tasks, anxiety turns into a condition that needs to be rectified.
There are different kinds of anxiety. Sometimes a person can feel extremely awkward in social settings and have an irrational fear that people will judge or ridicule them. This is social anxiety and it causes the individual to face great difficulty when interacting with other people.
Sometimes a fear can be attached to a person or thing, e.g. an irrational fear of heights or snakes. When a person has an irrational fear it can cause anxiety in the moments leading up to the event that is causing anxiety, as well as during it. These fears are called phobias and they can cause the person to feel anxious to such a degree that their fear may be perceived to be completely inappropriate by others.
When a person has anxiety they feel a variety of physical changes to their body and mood. They may get heart palpitations, chest pains, and also sweat excessively. The person may also feel that they are going crazy and that their throat is closing up.
Other symptoms of anxiety include:
There is no known cause of anxiety and there are breakthroughs being made everyday explaining how this condition becomes prevalent in a person. It is believed that anxiety is caused due to changes in environmental factors as well as changes in the brain structure that can occur when a person is growing.
There are different medications that can be prescribed by a health professional to reduce the effects of anxiety. Advice from a medical professional is certainly the way to go but there are certain things that can be done to reduce the effects of anxiety that one can try at home. Try the following and see what works for you to make anxiety an unfortunate reality that just has to be dealt with rather than feared.
It may not look it, but chamomile is actually a strong adherent of anxiety symptoms. This is because chamomile contains the same receptors as Valium, the drug commonly prescribed by health professionals to reduce anxiety and nervousness. You can have chamomile as chamomile tea or even have it as a supplement. Just make sure that it contains at least 1.2% apigenin, as well as dried chamomile flowers. In a study done by the University of Pennsylvania, subjects with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) that drank chamomile tea for eight weeks showed significantly decreased anxiety symptoms when compared to patients with similar anxiety problems that had been given a placebo.
You can make yourself a drink incorporating almonds and nutmeg to help you relax before going to bed. Soak ten almonds in water and peel off the skin. Put the almonds in a blender with one cup warm milk, a tiny bit of ginger and a tiny bit of nutmeg. Drink this at night for a relaxing and stress-free slumber.
The fragrance from an orange has been known to reduce anxiety. Simply peel an orange and inhale deeply. Or you can even drop the orange peel in a pan of water and allow to simmer. Once heated the calming scent of the orange will be released giving instant relief from worries.
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