Stress arises from the modern lifestyle. In a fast-paced world where we’re constantly making big decisions, reasons to worry pop up almost daily. If you believe stress and anxiety impact you more than normal, take the time to understand the options for treatment.

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Symptoms of Anxiety:

Desire

Have you ever felt like you want to do something so badly, but you’ll never be able to achieve it? Maybe you suffer from dissatisfaction with your career or romantic life. Fixating on the things you want but don’t have may signal chronic anxiety.

Worry

Worrying is totally normal, but if you feel consumed with it all the time, you may have an anxiety problem. When you spend too much time dreaming up unrealistic disaster scenarios, it may be time for treatment.

Fear of the Unknown

Sometimes meeting a new person, a new boss, or moving to a new school can make you nervous. But have you ever felt nervous enough to cancel your plans entirely? Do you go for long periods of time without leaving the house? Severe anxiety is marked by attempts to escape the reality of the outside world.

Difficulty Breathing

Sometimes when your anxiety levels are very high, the anxiety makes your muscles very tense that you can't breathe normally. If a panic attack sets in, don’t hesitate to call emergency services when you need them.

If one or more of these feelings or symptoms are relatable to you, you may suffer from moderate to severe anxiety.

How to Treat Anxiety

Medication may help, but a pill alone will not likely make anxiety go away altogether. That said, for severe cases of stress and anxiety, your psychiatrist may recommend medication to keep you healthy and ward off feelings of depression and mental instability.

You can also treat your anxiety levels with many non-pharmaceutical sources by practicing a healthy lifestyle that alleviates your symptoms

Sleep

If your body is not well rested, your brain will not work correctly! When you don’t sleep enough, your stress and anxiety levels can dominate your conscious mind. Always take enough time to rest and recover your mind and body for the next day.

Exercise

When your brain overthinks and worries about everything throughout the day, a sedentary lifestyle only exacerbates symptoms. A good amount of regular physical activity physical activity helps you to strike a good balance between body and mind. Take time to maintain your body and distract your mind from your most persistent sources of anxiety.

Yoga

Practicing yoga can help to calm your mind and release unnecessary tension from your body. Try to find a friend who practices yoga and can guide you when you’re getting started, or join a yoga group in your community.

Be realistic

Sometimes, when anxiety really hits, you might feel as though the end of the world is upon you. We are powerless to stop many of the threats and sources of hardships in the world. Constantly thinking of worst-case scenarios only adds more fuel to anxiety.

The next time that voice in your head starts talking breathlessly about what your future holds, try to silence it. Ask yourself if it’s really going to happen. The answer is “probably not,” but severe anxiety prevents us from seeing that. Positive thinking alone can’t fix mental illness, but it can help.

Anxiety rears its ugly head for people of all ages and in all walks of life. Don’t let the stereotype that it’s only for teenagers or young adults impact your decision to seek treatment. This mental condition can affect anybody at any time; no one is immune, so suffering from anxiety is not a sign of weakness!

Excessive anxiety only feeds on itself when you leave it untreated. Whenever you feel anxious to a point where you can't control it, talk with somebody who can assist you in getting the help you need

For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit our Anxiety Counseling page or call 919-647-4600.

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