Everyone gets nervous or anxious from time to time—when speaking in public, for instance, or when going through financial difficulty. For some people, however, anxiety becomes so frequent, or so forceful, that it begins to take over their lives.
How can you tell if your everyday anxiety has crossed the line into a disorder? It’s not easy. Anxiety comes in many different forms—such as panic attacks, phobia, and social anxiety—and the distinction between an official diagnosis and “normal” anxiety isn’t always clear.
Here’s a start: If you experience any of the following symptoms on a regular basis, you may want to talk with your doctor or mental health professional.
The hallmark of generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)—the broadest type of anxiety—is worrying too much about everyday things, large and small. But what constitutes “too much”?
In the case of GAD, it means having persistent anxious thoughts on most days of the week, for six months. Also, the anxiety must be so bad that it interferes with daily life and is accompanied by noticeable symptoms, such as fatigue.
The distinction between an anxiety disorder and just having normal anxiety is whether your emotions are causing a lot of suffering and dysfunction.
Here are some symptoms that may decipher whether you have GAD or Anxiety Disorder:
- Excessive worry
- Sleep Problems
- Irrational thoughts and fears
- Muscle Tension
- Chronic Indigestion
- Stage fright – at work, going out for an evening with friends…..
- Self Conciousness
- Flash-backs (PTSD)
- Compulsive behaviours (OCD)
Woah….a lot going on there – all these symptoms are effecting the mind, body & soul, so that’s why it’s so important that you seek help and look after YOU, as a package…
OK, let’s do a bit of visualisation… I want you to close your eyes and imagine you are a product on the shelf of a supermarket…………………………… visualise:
- What colour are you?
- What shape?
- What size?
- Are you visually appealing (dressed right)?
- What makes you different?
- What will make people buy you?
- What do you smell like?
- What do you feel like to touch?
- Are you the best product you can be?
Now I want you to imagine the shoppers around the store….are they drawn to you as a product or are they drawn to something else….if so what are they drawn to? Ask yourself the same questions as above about the product they are drawn to…..are you and the other product very different? How so?
I bet your answers will be very negative about yourself as a product, if you suffer from anxiety, and I bet you couldn’t imagine anyone picking you off the shelf, but going to the “more appealing” product that you have created in your minds eye.
By addressing all areas of your life and tackling them head on, how can people ignore you? I always say to my clients that are on that journey with me; “Once you start accepting who you are as a person, you will begin to ooze self assurance making people attracted to being near you, men and women, because you are comfortable in your own skin.”
How can you address all the above symptoms listed?
- Visit your GP who may give you a referral
- If anti anxiety medication is prescribed, accept that the Dr believes this is what will help you
- Accept the medication is not the long term answer and addressing the trigger of your anxiety with a therapist is the only positive solution
- Find a Therapist specialising in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller parts. You’re shown how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel.)
- Remember mind, body & soul – combination of treatments will help (yoga, pilates, aromatherapy massage, reiki, reflexology, acupuncture, acupressure…….)
- Look at your diet – eating healthily and regularly, too much caffeine adds to symptoms as does alcohol
- Start investing in you
- Talk and listen
- See, hear, feel, touch & taste the world around you
- Surround yourself with positive, friendly people
- Just be…find times where you can sit and “just be” without distractions from technology or social media
- Learn to meditate or embrace mindfulness
Start to love yourself and embrace that your journey has made you who you are, and that’s bloody good!
Just a few things to be thinking about, if you want further advice, please do not hesitate to contact me on 07920 840 230. I am fortunate enough to know lots of wonderful therapists and if I can’t help you, I will undoubtedly know some who can.
I shall be giving a talk at The Ocean Ladies Night (no strippers!) on Thursday 21st October starts at 18:30pm, and at the Health and Happiness event at the Royal Beacon, October 1st 10-4 (family event all welcome and FREE!). So pop along and see me and I love would to meet anyone that maybe suffering and hopefully I can give you a bit guidance to start your journey…
Remember….the greatest love affair you will ever have, is with yourself.
Love and Warmth as always
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