Updated: Oct 9, 2020
Is anxiety something you experience on the regular basis? Do you know what it is and how it's triggered?
Anxiety by definition is: a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.
I think sometimes, a person who has a lot of ambition can also experience a lot of anxiety because nothing is guaranteed or promised - the fear of the unknown can be overwhelming. The fear of failure or even the fear of success can produce anxiety.
Anxiety comes in a variety of shapes and forms. It can be a result of genetics or even triggered by our environment. Anxiety is also often times viewed as a negative attribute when sometimes it can be very positive. Depending on the severity of it, anxiety can shut you down, but it can also force you to find solutions you wouldn't otherwise look for if you were "comfortable" in the situation. This is of course after you have learned how to navigate the "flight" or "fight" response of that situation and recognize it for what it is. This takes practice and is an essential component of emotional intelligence.
Some of the symptoms of anxiety can be: restlessness, a feeling of being "on-edge"; uncontrollable feelings of worry; increased irritability; concentration difficulties; problems in falling or staying asleep. I don't know about you, but for me, those are also traits of me being "hangry" LOL. Do I get anxiety sometimes about something simple like eating? You bet I do. I absolutely love food and all kinds of it! I often times like to try new cuisines and if it's a favorite, don't count on me sharing it with you.
Do you think everyone experiences some level of anxiety?
Yes, of course they do. In some way, shape, form or level - they do.
Depending on the severity of your anxiety, you may not be able to learn how to manage it on your own, but no matter what, whatever you do learn to manage it, it takes repetition. You need to constantly apply it to your life for it to take effect. Whatever you need to manage it, and this could apply to medication as well, you need to utilize it everyday in order for it to be effective.
In addition to thinking more positively and/or changing some of your habits, anxiety, since it is a physical response from your body yielding some of the following physical symptoms - pounding heart, sweating; headaches, upset stomach, dizziness, frequent urination or diarrhea, shortness of breath, muscle tension or twitches - can also be treated and managed with physical activity like exercise.
So next time you're stressed out, instead of reaching for that beer, cigarette or cheeseburger, go for a walk around the parking lot at work or take a class at your local fitness facility to help take the edge off. In addition, a piece of advise to consider is that your diet may also be contributing to your challenges for managing stress and hence manifesting your anxiety! If you can't get out for that walk, try drinking a full glass of water immediately after being triggered and you'll find that the response will be far less sever.
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