General anxiety disorders include psychological and physical symptoms, this includes, fear, tension, worry, irritability, concentration issues, problems with social and work relationships, heart palpitations, heart rate, muscle tension and tightness in the chest.
Wanting to be loved, accepted and recognised unconditionally is one of our basic needs as children. It gives us an anchored sense of belonging and safety. The lack thereof also sets in motion very deep patterns of attempting to compensate which can affect our relationships in profound ways.
How Anxiety Toys With Your Emotions
Anxiety and panic disorders can stop you in your tracks. Panic attacks can impact on your day-to-day functioning. It can cause you to become isolated and withdrawn. Avoidance of stressful situations can also be a symptom of anxiety.
Natural Ways of Coping With Anxiety
- Limit your caffeine in take. Caffeine is a stimulant and in large amounts can cause mild dependancy. Caffeine addiction is also a sign of cross addiction.
- Limit your sugar in take. As with caffeine, too much sugar is really bad for you. Other than the obvious weight gain, a sugar rich diet can trigger diabetes.
- Exercise regularly. Exercise boosts your heart rate, stretches your muscles and causes your brain to release endorphins.
- Talk to someone. Join a support group. Talking through your feelings with a therapist or engaging in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help you understand what causes your anxiety.
Substance Abuse And Anxiety
Chronic stress fuels anxiety. Signs of chronic stress are often ignored until it has a knock on effect on people’s behaviour. Stress and anxiety can lead to self-medicating and that can eventually lead to substance abuse and addiction. If you think you are at risk and are worried about self-destructive behaviour, now is the time to seek professional help.
The core of the treatment programme is supplemented by tailor-made therapeutic exercises. The overall goal is to create a healthy mind and a healthy body.
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