Have you ever feared panic? Have you noticed that you do not want to be a part of social gatherings anymore? Do you see a lot of changes in you- feeling nervous to talk, not being able to do your regular activities like you used to? Then you are at the right place!
Anxiety is the onset of fear, worry and panic are what we know about anxiety. But is anxiety only these emotions? Anxiety is that problem, which is not only noticed in children and teenagers; it is something that people of all age groups get exposed to at one point or the other in life. The night before our results; on our way to give an important presentation; going to a doctor; or taking any decision that possibly could have an impact on our life. We experience anxiety in all these situations. But, there are much more layers to anxiety than we know. If anxiety lasts longer than expected, it creates problems with daily life activities, making it difficult to the extent where small everyday activities seem difficult, it develops into an anxiety disorder. There is an umpteen number of reasons that cause anxiety; anything no matter how big or small can trigger anxiety.
Here are a few signs that can help you identify your friend or yourself if going through anxiety.
- There is a change in body language (often jittery and tense).
- They are often on the edge, it’s not easy for them to calm down.
- There is a disturbance in their sleep cycle.
- You notice them skipping important events or gatherings.
- You notice them sweating even when in cold places.
- They are not conscious or aware of their surroundings and seem lost.
- When you start noticing these few signs in yourself or your friends, it is time to consider it seriously and consult a psychologist. If your friend or you are reluctant to meet a counsellor, the following coping strategies that can be practised for calming down. But, if the condition seems to be getting worse, it is always better to consult a psychologist or a professional who could help.
Take a time-out
Whenever you notice a trigger point that might aggravate your anxiety, step back from the situation and do something that would help you calm down; like talking to a friend who understands you, count back from 10 to 1, meditate, drink some water or even go for a walk. Remember, whatever works for you might not work for someone else and vice versa.
Learn the triggers
It is essential to understand your triggers if you want to avoid them. Learn what is it that triggers your anxiety and try to note it down. There might be many trigger points like school, college, office, boss, social gatherings, parents. Note down what is troubling you so you would not be so anxious the next time you experience it.
Develop a positive attitude
It may seem like the most difficult thing to do, but when you control your negative thoughts a whole new perspective opens up for you. Try practising mindfulness or you to start a positive thought.
Exercise daily and sleep enough
Your body often gives up when you do not have sufficient sleep and exercise. Maintain a healthy balance in life and physical activities as they can help you in setting new targets and making you feel energised.
Understand that it’s not your fault
One doesn’t fall sick because it’s their fault. The same applies while dealing with anxiety or any kind of mental illness. It is not your fault if you suffer from anxiety. Forgive yourself and be kind to your body.
Anxiety is sometimes more than just nervousness or stress. It has a larger impact on your physical and mental health than what meets the eye. So it’s always advisable to talk to someone you trust or to meet a counsellor.
Stay safe and happy!