Anxiety & It’s Crippling Effect
Anxiety can be a crippling disease of mind, it’s a feeling of fear or apprehension of something yet to come and in extreme cases is devastating to your life.
Anxiety disorders can cause your heart rate to rise, heart palpitations, and chest pain. You may also be at increased risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.
The 5 ways of Categorising Anxiety
According to the National Health Service from the United Kingdom Of Great Britain we generally put the effects of Anxiety into 5 categories, these are
Generalised Anxiety Disorder: Described as an excessive amount of worry, stress or anxiety which may include symptoms such as depression. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association Of America (ADAA) Generalised Anxiety Disorder is diagnosed when extreme worry about a variety of things which leads to continuous anxiety and lasts for a period of 6 months and longer.
Social Anxiety Disorder: This is the paralysing fear of social involvement and situations usually leaving the person suffering feeling alone, isolated and ashamed.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: OCD is an overwhelming sense to perform certain tasks a certain way over and over again. This experience of intrusive nature of thoughts can give rise to chronic stress.
Panic Disorder: Is characterised by unexpected and sometimes repeated episodes of intense fear, physical symptoms include but not limited too, chest pains, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, tightness of chest, dizziness and or abdominal pain.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Stress caused after a dangerous and scary event. Example would be experiencing war, a deadly storm or almost drowning. This is known as Traumatic Stress and can lead to PTSD or post traumatic stress disorder
How to cope with Anxiety
There are many methods we can use to cope and indeed combat anxiety and it’s associated symptoms, here is a quick list that may help, it is by no means comprehensive and if you feel you know something which may help others please feel free to share. I will credit you and add your pearl of wisdom.
Take time out
Slowly count to 10
Try a little basic Yoga
Eat a well balanced diet
Talk to someone
Keep a journal
Feel the fear and do it anyway
Accept you can not control everything
Make sure you get enough sleep
Maintain a positive attitude
Try to get outside in fresh air and the sunlight
Limit your intake of caffeine and Alcohol
Go for a walk, run or bike ride
Try the gift of giving
Squeeze a Squash Ball
Accept you are feeling anxious
Kick a Ball about
It is stressed that this is not a comprehensive list, but these are proven ways to help relieve anxiety however if you are suffering seriously from anxiety and find none of the above are helping then please don’t feel like your alone and speak to someone from the many trained medical staff available.
If you feel there is something left off this list, maybe you have an idea that may help others, then please feel free to add a comment below, I will credit you and add your pearl of wisdom to the list.
*Dhamma Tāpasā is a trained ex Buddhist Monk and the spiritual name given to Andrew Hallas. An inspirational teacher of mindfulness and meditation techniques through the art of storytelling. Dhamma Tāpasā is able to capture our imaginations whilst teaching us valuable moral principles and deepening our understanding of the human consciousness and the everyday problems we face.