ARTICLE BY - PRATHA NAYAK BLOG - THOUGHTS WITH INK
“our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it”
- Kahlil Gibran
I am Pratha Nayak and I am writing this post here as a guest. You can read my other articles at Thoughts With Ink – Think Better to Live Better .
Feeling anxious at times can be normal. When we are stressed out about some particular situation and are concerned about the future consequences that we have to go through, we start feeling nervous, scared and shaky on our feet.
Though it is normal to feel so in some important situations of our life but many of us deal with this feeling on a regular basis. If you are too one of us, you should not take it lightly because it can get severe with time and maybe it is better to check with a therapist.
Anxiety can be of many types:
- Phobia– Few people are scared of some particular object or thing and when they come to a situation where they have to deal with it, they start to panic.
- Panic disorder– At times people start to panic at unexpected situations and it happens without any pattern and may occur regularly.
- Separation anxiety– Going away from family, home or a loved one can also cause anxiety issues.
- Illness anxiety– Fear of getting sick and facing the pain can cause this feeling.
- Social anxiety– A lot of people don’t like to be in crowded places or interacting with a group of people and they may have this kind of anxiety.
- OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder )– Though OCD is kind of a trait which is part of personality but they tend to follow some particular habit and making them come out of their comfort zone may cause anxiety in them.
- PTST (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)– At times when someone goes through a difficult and painful experience, it leaves a deeper impact on them which keeps them on a constant loop of stress. They might have severe kinds of anxiety and should consult a doctor as soon as possible.
- Feeling restless and sweaty.
- Having sudden difficulty in breathing.
- May feel nauseated and black out for some time.
- Facing trouble in sleeping.
- Stammering and having speech problems at unexpected situations.
- Higher fluctuation in heart rate.
- Trouble in concentrating on a particular task.
- Having tremors and feeling weak.
Ways to deal with anxiety:
- Try taking a slow and deep breath.
- Use essential oils like lavender oil, sandalwood oil or peppermint oil. It is said that those oils have a calming effect on the brain.
- Journaling- writing down your deepest thoughts helps you in recognizing them and to remove those painful memories or thoughts from your subconscious mind.
- Try talking to a close and trusted person who can be supportive about your feelings.
- Try to recognize what is triggering anxiety in you.
- Practicing meditation and yoga helps you to avoid anxiety on a long run.
- If it is happening on a regular basis then consult a doctor immediately.
- When you start to feel anxious, try watching some comedy videos, it helps you relax sooner.
- Find a hobby which you find very soothing and include it in your daily routine.
- Know that you cannot control everything that is happening around you and learn to let it go from time to time.
- Limit caffeine and alcohol consumption as much as you can.
- Maintain your sleeping routine and try resting as much as you can.
- Join a support group and meet other people with the same issue.
- Try getting out of your comfort-zone from time to time by taking small baby steps, it will boost-up your confidence.
- Try practicing gratitude and positive affirmations.
When you start focusing on the good things in your life, slowly all the worries start to vanish and you reach a state of calmness. Always know that you are not alone in this and there is no reason to be embarrassed about having this feeling. Even most successful people in the world have panic attacks and anxiety in some situations.
I hope you found this post helpful.
Have a good day ahead.