If you aren’t sleeping well, it’s worse.
If you aren’t exercising daily, it’s worse.
If you try to deal with it all by yourself, it’s worse.
If you aren’t telling anyone about how you feel (physically and mentally), it’s worse.
If you assume that it’s all situational and you should buck up, it’s worse.
If you avoid caffeine and nicotine, it can get better.
If you tire out your body with work and exercise, it can get better.
If you talk with your doctor, it can get better.
If you take medications, it can get better.
If you get proper sleep, it can get better.
If you talk with a counselor, therapist, social worker or psychologist, it can get better.
If you practice yoga, meditation or other healing therapies focused on relaxing your body and mind, it can get better.
If you explain to someone else about your heart racing or your stomach gurgling or your fears, no matter how ridiculous they sound, it can get better.
If you avoid situations that trigger your anxiety for a little while, it can help. But this is not a sustainable solution. The world is a random, beautiful place and when you practice avoidance, you make your world shrink until it’s smaller than a coffin. And you’ll still probably feel anxious.
Anxiety sucks. It’s a life-limiter. There will always be something to remind you that the world is a scary place. But anxiety isn’t a response to a cruel world or a capitalist society or the fast-paced modern era. Anxiety is a physical condition manifested in behavioral ways which can be treated so you can know peace.
To learn more, visit: http://www.adaa.org. And know you are not alone.