You know you’ve been a worrywart all throughout your life, but your uncontrollable worry about everyday things is becoming excessive. This constant worry has started affecting your daily functioning and is slowly, but steadily, growing into an anxiety disorder. Before you succumb to unprovoked panic attacks, do something about it and fast.
Causes and symptoms
Anxiety disorders can result from worrying about job, finances, and health of both self and family. It can also include more mundane issues, like chores, car repairs and being late for appointments. The intensity, duration and frequency of worry are generally disproportionate to the issue and interfere with the sufferer’s performance of tasks and ability to concentrate.
You may display a variety of anxiety symptoms, like sweating, nausea, cold and clammy hands, muscle tension, difficulty swallowing, jumpiness, gastrointestinal discomfort and diarrhea. You may remain irritable and complain of feeling on edge. You may even get tired easily and have trouble sleeping. As your anxiety and stress advances, you may start avoiding situations, places or people to save yourself from feeling anxious. Ultimately, you may fall victim to short, unexplained periods of intense fear or discomfort, called the panic attacks.
There are a number of things you can do to prevent anxiety. Some of these are:
a. Exercise, yoga and meditation:
A daily exercise program of at least a half an hour will help in reliving anxiety. By meditating correctly, you can regain mental clarity and may succeed in putting your problems into perspective. Yoga, exercises for the body and mind, can be a good way to help you deal with low moods leading to anxiety.
b. Avoid caffeine:
Drinking caffeine-laden beverage is like pouring gasoline on fire. It’ll not let you sleep and add to your worries.
c. Avoid alcohol:
Don’t get taken in by the idea that alcohol calms. It may seem so at first, but later you’ll feel much more anxious, because of the irritating effect that withdrawal from alcohol has on the brain.
d. Avoid over breathing:
Hyperventilation or over breathing is known to cause anxiety and can leave you feeling light-headed, anxious and depressed, more so, if you breathe with the upper part of the chest rather than the diaphragm. So, the key is conscious breathing is through the abdomen, rather than the chest.
e. Set aside worry time:
Don’t let worries overwhelm you, set aside thirty minutes a day to do nothing but worry! If anxiety starts to creep in at other times, remind yourself to deal with it during your worry time.
There is plenty of medication available for anxiety treatment, which can be prescribed by a qualified doctor. But, there is nothing better than trying out the home remedies for anxiety.
Let’s look at these natural cures:
a. Valerian extract:
This herb relieves anxiety, when taken in doses of 50 to 500 mg. It usually works quickly in about thirty minutes and can help you feel more relaxed and less worried. The best part is it’s non-addictive.
b. Passion Flower:
Research has shown that Passion Flower can also help calm your nerves and reduce worry. A few hundred milligrams of Passion Flower extract is enough to provide relief.
c. Green tea extract:
Green tea contains L-theanine, an amino acid that, when extracted and used, has pronounced anti-anxiety effect. In fact, its effectiveness can be compared to some anti-anxiety drugs.
It’s best to prevent anxiety by conscious efforts. However if that fails, go for natural remedies for anxiety. They are effective and with no side effects. Try them and you may find your jumpy self, jumping with glee!