Feeling occasionally anxious is a normal response to modern life and something we all experience from time to time. However, for some people their anxiety can be like a little monster living inside, who stirs up uncomfortable feelings when faced with simple everyday situations. If you or someone you know avoids social gatherings, work meetings or confrontations, due to anxiety, then don’t ignore these feelings. It’s time to get some help and support as anxiety CAN be treated!
Symptoms of anxiety can be very unsettling. Your heart rate increases, your mind races and you are no longer able to think straight. Though everyone experiences anxiety differently, there are some more common symptoms to look out for.
• Physical sensations include:
– racing heart
– hot flushes
– sweating and skin clamminess
– rapid breathing
– frequent gastrointestinal upsets.
Emotional sensations can include:
– feelings of excess worry, panic, fear or guilt
– obsessive thinking and behaviours
– feeling tense and wound up
If you can relate to any of the above, speak with your healthcare Practitioner today as this doesn’t have to be your everyday ‘normal’.
Herbal medicine can be used to help reduce anxiety and nervousness; improving your emotional resilience. Acupuncture works amazingly well at settling anxiety by relaxing and restoring the nervous system allowing you to feel calm, stable and grounded. Our practitioners at Life Synergy also have wonderful breathing techniques and strategies to help you recognise your anxiety pathways so they don’t spiral and worsen.
Below are some other helpful tips to encourage better overall wellbeing as well as help you to manage stress and anxiety:
Connect with friends. Keeping in touch with people maintains your support network
– Exercise (ideally outdoors) regularly to improve mood and reduce feelings of stress
– Choose healthy foods – consume protein at each meal and avoid refined and sugary foods. This can help balance your blood sugar levels, reducing mood imbalances and lessening anxiety
– Avoid caffeine – stimulants such as caffeine can exacerbate anxiety
– Breathe! – if you start to feel panicky or anxious, focus on taking slow, purposeful, deep breaths, helping you return to a state of calm.
– Meditation will help to quieten your mind and if practiced at the beginning of the day will ground you for whatever will arise.
As previously mentioned, everyone experiences fears and worries from time to time, however if anxiety becomes excessive and stops you from enjoying everyday life, then it’s time to conquer the monster. Speak to our team at Life Synergy about treatments to help you feel calmer, more positive and joyful and in control of your situation.