How to deal with anxiety

How to deal with anxiety

How to deal with anxiety

Anxiety comes in many forms and effects millions of people every day, in very different ways. You might feel alone or isolated by your anxiety but trust me, there are plenty of people in the world who know exactly how you're feeling. 

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is essentially our body's reaction to stress. It usually manifests itself as feeling afraid or apprehensive of something in the near future, often out of your control or in unknown circumstances. The classic symptoms of anxiety are sweating, unable to sit still, difficulty sleeping, overthinking and ruminating on things, increased heart rate and rapid breathing. However anxiety can present itself in many different ways, from skin and stomach problems, to muscle twitches or obsessive behaviour. 

Anxiety is a normal reaction to things which concern us, as we all have things in our lives which can make us feel nervous or worried. However, if you feel in a constant state of anxiety, over an extended period of time, it's often a sign that something deeper needs to be addressed. 

What causes anxiety?

There's no single answer to this question. You could be genetically predisposed to feeling more anxious based on your family history or brain chemistry, or it could be a number of environmental factors. You can often develop anxiety after experiencing a traumatic event. 

Seven Ways You Can Ease Your Anxiety Right Now

There are a lot of options available when it comes to treating the symptoms of anxiety. This article covers a number of strategies which you can use in your day to day life to help manage anxious feelings. 

Relaxation techniques

Deep breathing and meditation is one of the most popular ways of managing the symptoms of anxiety. Mindfulness meditation is