What advice would you give?
To someone who’s suspecting might be suffering from anxiety?
What anxiety feels like?
Anxiety is a normal emotion that everyone experiences at one point or another. It can be caused by a variety of things, such as stress, worry, or even excitement.
While anxiety is a normal emotion, it can become problematic when it starts to interfere with your daily life.
If you suspect that you might be suffering from anxiety, you will find the below tips from our experts helpful
What should I do if I suspect I have anxiety?
What should I do if I suspect I have anxiety?
What causes anxiety? What does anxiety do to a person?
List Of Best 11 Tips If You Are Experiencing Anxiety
Tip 1. Meredith Arthur- Bevoya
I’d recommend asking one’s relative questions about their sleep and / or physical symptoms.
If you find that your relative needs a cocktail or three to get to sleep, or has terrible back and neck pain, it could be clear and concrete objective evidence of anxiety.
Not everyone lives in pain. It is important to help your relative realize that.
Tip 2. Chris V34 – Anxiety UK
Who typically suffers from anxiety?
Tip 3. Roland Bal – Blog
Anxiety is often a byproduct of suppressed anger.
When anger has healthy boundaries it is expressed as “yes” or “no,” as “I want” or “don’t want,” that can re-establish boundaries and a sense of self.
When anxiety, lack of confidence and self-esteem, is persistently present, one has to ask where or with whom are you giving your energy away?
Where are you not able to hold and contain your own space and you feel you are energetically outside of yourself?
Once you become aware of these situations, you can then start to either set boundaries.
Remove yourself from these situations or environments. Work on rewiring your default responses, and start the process of validating yourself.
Anxiety, as a symptom of a lack of healthy boundaries, can then start to come down.
Recognize when your body is giving you a false signal.
You do not have to give in to the urge to escape.
Instead you can slow and gentle your breathing, pause to allow yourself to reset and become the one who refuses to let anxiety control your choices.
Tip 5. Kate Cogs – Anxiety Cycle
Don’t fight it and don’t try and fix it / get rid of it – you can’t (not yet), and the harder you fight the more it will cling.
Anxiety is not a lifelong condition and you will recover – it just takes time.
Your body has become temporarily sensitized from stress or trauma. You’ll over-think and over-feel everything to a heightened degree which can feel frightening.
Read the books about Anxiety the Acceptance Method by Dr Claire Weekes, Paul David and Shaan Kassam. It will help you look at anxiety from a different view.
There are also some medicine you can get prescribed to you by your doctor such as Clonidine for anxiety as well as over the counter anxiety medication.
Some people even try anxiety rings with a moderate to high success.
Tip 6. Jay Boll – Rtor, Resources to Recover
My best advice to someone with this concern is to find your anxiety baseline and identity your triggers so you can address the problem at its roots.
To find your baseline, you must strive to eliminate or reduce habits and behaviors that contribute to anxiety.
For example, reduce your intake of alcohol, caffeine, or other substances. Eat balanced, nutritious meals, and stay physically active.
If your anxiety improves after making these changes, you have identified a potential cause and will better understand how to manage it.
If you still experience anxiety after modifying these behaviors, it helps to look at external factors which may trigger it. Such as large crowds, social situations, work or school-related stress.
Sometimes it can even be driving in traffic, or whatever it is that brings on your anxiety.
Understanding your triggers can help you begin to manage your anxiety or seek specific help from a mental health professional.
Tip 6. Georgina Ryan – Podcast
First, realize that anxiety is not going to kill you.
The cycle of fear-adrenaline, response-fear, is put into place when we feel anxious.
While fear may be a source of danger, you need not run away from it but connect to your feelings.
Accepting these senses without adding more fuel to the hormonal cascade created by fearful thoughts will go a long way to keep you out of the chronic anxiety cycle.
Tip 8. Jessi Elder – Jessie’s Blog
If someone came to me looking for tips that will help them about better cope with anxiety, I would first validate their feelings.
Anxiety is a normal human emotion, and we should try to embrace it when it visits. Treat anxiety like a friend who is trying to teach you something.
This trains our brain to not respond to anxiety with even more uncomfortable emotions.
Once you’ve validated and accepted your feelings, locate the source causing your anxiety.
If it’s something you have control over, consider eliminating something in your life that is weighing you down.
Sometimes less is more!
If your anxiety primarily consists of negative “what if?” questions: ground yourself in the present moment by paying attention to your five senses.
What do you see, hear, taste, smell, and feel? I find the best way to be mindful is in nature.
Tip 9. Bill White MS. – Chipur
You may be right. But don’t jump to any conclusions right now – just work on discovery.
And wherever your journey takes you, never turn your back on the power of misinterpretation, overreaction, acceptance, and hope.
You’ll be alright.
Avoiding places, people, and situations in which this person would normally enjoy or participate.
A decrease in normal activities and experiences that may be explained in ways that, after a time, don’t really make sense.
Anxiety is a tyrant and takes more and more of a person’s life.
The second thing would be an increase in requests for information or reassurance about the safety of a situation.
We need to change our perspectives and our mind on anxiety.
Rather than labeling this emotion as ‘the enemy’ or a mental flaw, disorder, or a life-long burden. We need to start seeing anxiety in new and more empowering ways.
For me, anxiety was a catalyst to revisit and replace old memories. Limiting patterns and beliefs, and thus becoming a more empowered and purposeful self.
Without the anxiety “waking me up” to who I truly am. And what I am here to share, my life would be much less meaningful and fulfilling.
I have spent 20 years helping my clients overcome their anxiety. I find that instead of being afraid of anxiety, we want to embrace it as an opportunity for healing, growth and empowerment.
Here are some of the ways I introduced anxiety to my clients:
- Your anxiety is not done to you but created by you: Believe it or not, that’s good news because accepting that you create your anxiety reminds you of your ability to un-create this emotion.
You have the most powerful tool at your disposal—your mind. After all, it was your mind that created your anxiety in the first place.
And with the right guidance and tools, your mind can resolve the root causes of your old anxiety patterns and replace them with new, self-empowering perspectives and beliefs.
2. Your anxiety cares about you: Consider how overwhelmed and debilitated anxiety can make feel. It is difficult to imagine that this emotion serves a positive purpose.
The fact is that anxiety is created by the protective aspect of your subconscious mind. It usually originates in your childhood when you were the most vulnerable and powerless.
Like an overzealous bodyguard – or super-nanny – this inner protector uses anxiety to warn you. From anything that can potentially cause you to get hurt, rejected, or abandoned.
The problem is that while you have grown into a self-reliant adult, your inner protector still uses the same anxiety warning system that used to keep you safe.
Why? That’s the next key.
3. Your inner protector needs an update: During your early years, the protective aspect of your mind worked tirelessly to find answers to three crucial questions: 1. Who do I need to be, and what do I need to do to be safe?
a. How can I avoid getting rejected?
b. How do I get to love and attention?
Depending on your circumstances, this inner protector may have figured out that you need to be quiet. Invisible to not get in harm’s way.
Or that you need to please others or be an over-achiever to not get rejected. Or that it is better to accept that you won’t get love and approval rather than being continuously disappointed.
Based on its observations and interpretations, this part of your mind established core beliefs. Such as railings on a walkway, are supposed to secure your journey through life.
Beliefs such as ‘I am not safe,’ ‘I don’t belong,’ ‘I am not good enough‘ or ‘I don’t deserve to be loved or to be happy,’ may have served you, when you were small. As an adult they became obstacles – and major roots of your anxiety.
Outgrowing your anxiety means identifying and replacing the self-limiting core beliefs that made you see yourself and the world still through the prism of your childhood.
4. Anxiety is not your identity: Like most, your anxiety may have been initially triggered by various topics. Such as not feeling good enough, change, potential loss of control or not feeling safe in the world.
The problem is that once you have been anxious for some time or even had a panic attack, the chances are that the second form of anxiety emerges. Which is the anxiety of feeling anxious again.
This is when you wake up in the morning, already worrying. Whether you have to deal once again with your heart pounding, your chest tightening up, or your mind spinning.
Eventually, you become so consumed with constantly analyzing the anxiety levels that you identify with this emotion. Anxiety becomes your emotional default setting, and you forget that you have many other feelings at your disposal.
Like your physical body needs stretching when it has become rigid and tight, make your mind expand into more positive emotions. Such as gratitude, hope, optimism, and compassion.
For this, think about times in your life when you felt positive, peaceful, grateful or even happy.
Go back in memory lane and remember what you saw, heard, smelled, tasted, and sensed during these times.
Tap into these pleasant feelings stored in your mind, and thus gently shift your mind’s focus away from what you want to avoid, being anxious. Instead, shift it towards what you want to experience instead.
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