July 10, 2020
Feel like 2020 has been a rollercoaster ride so far?
When you ask most people, they will probably tell you that 2020 has been something of a rollercoaster — to say the least. Out of the blue, we’ve all been hit with a global pandemic, worldwide social unrest, rampant unemployment, the rise of hate speech on social media platforms, and countless other stressful factors that have most of us eagerly looking forward to 2021. And it’s only July.
With so many unexpected things going on at once, there is no wonder that issues with mental health are on the rise. Chronic mental health issues like anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder affect around 43 million people annually.
These statistics were discovered before the events of the recent past that have caused many of us to experience levels of stress we could have never imagined before.
“Millions of people are aected by mental illness each year. Across the country, many people just like you work, perform, create, compete, laugh, love and inspire every day.”
National Alliance on Mental Health
If you’re among the millions of people who suffer from chronic anxiety, you know how debilitating the effects of anxiety can become over time. Having anxiety can make you feel like you’re constantly having to look over your shoulder and become hypervigilant to avoid a potential catastrophe. In this article, we provide you with ten tips to help relieve the symptoms of chronic anxiety naturally in everyday situations.
Symptoms of Everyday Anxiety
According to the National Institue for Mental Health (NAMI), almost twenty-percent of adults in the United States suffered from an anxiety disorder within the last year. This means that nineteen percent of adults in the US struggle with chronic anxiety each year. The negative effects of anxiety can become debilitating or morph into physical conditions that can begin to affect your health over time.
Wondering what suffering from chronic anxiety actually feels like? People who suffer from issues with chronic anxiety report a range of uncomfortable symptoms that can last for days, weeks, or even years without assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. Following is a list of anxiety symptoms as reported by the Mayo Clinic. Take note of any recurring symptoms and seek the advice of a medical professional if you feel anxious, depressed, or not like yourself. Your primary care doctor can provide you with a series of tests and assessments that can detect and diagnose issuers with medical or mental illness. If your primary care physician diagnoses you with a mental illness like an anxiety disorder, they can also provide you with treatment options that include lifestyle changes, medication, and therapy.
12 Symptoms of Chronic Anxiety
1. Feeling nervous, restless or tense
2. Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom
3. Having an increased heart rate
4. Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)
7. Feeling weak or tired
8. Trouble concentrating or thinking
9. Having trouble sleeping
10. Gastrointestinal (GI) problems
11. Having difficulty controlling worry
12. Urge to avoid things that trigger anxiety
If any of these sounds like you, the good news is that — there is help available. The first step to feeling better is to contact your primary care physician to let him or her know you’ve been having ongoing issues. There are online doctors and mental health professionals who can help if you’re stuck at home because of the coronavirus.
10 Tips for Reducing Everyday Anxiety
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As a life-long anxiety sufferer, I can honestly say that I’ve practiced each one of these tips — together and individually — and consistently get results. The reality is, that no matter what is going on in our world, including global pandemics and charged political climates, we still have to make self-care a priority. Even more so now than ever. The best way to stay mentally fit and alert is to learn to recognize the symptoms of burnout, overwhelm, and anxiety in your life — as soon as they happen.
Waiting too long to take care of your mental health can lead to the development of more serious issues. Medical issues can be aggravated due to unmanaged mental health issues. Many people aren’t aware that prolonged instances of unresolved anxiety in the body can have devastating effects on your mind and body — if left unchecked. Remember, your mental health is just as important as your physical health.
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