Dealing With the Different Types of Anxiety
Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time, but for some people this feeling can become chronic. These conditions, known as anxiety disorders, can seriously disrupt an individual’s capacity for leading a normal and contented life.
Anxiety is a natural reaction to an uncertain situation that activates our body’s “fight or flight” response. This protective mechanism serves to shield us from harm or illness while keeping us alert in case of danger or illness.
Anxiety disorders occur when the ‘fight or flight’ response is inappropriately activated by something that does not pose a danger. Treatment for such conditions may involve medications like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs; escitalopram, fluoxetine), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (duloxetine, Cymbalta), psychotherapy such as CBT and lifestyle modifications like deep breathing, exercise and meditation.
Recognizing triggers that cause anxiety is a crucial step in managing this disorder. Working together with your therapist to identify what causes your symptoms can help you develop effective strategies to manage them effectively.
Encourage yourself to reach out for support from friends and family, especially if your feelings of anxiety are interfering with social relationships. Studies have demonstrated that people who maintain close friendships and have solid support networks tend to experience fewer anxiety-related issues.
Avoid stressors that could exacerbate your anxiety, such as smoking, alcohol and caffeine. These can disrupt the natural flow of chemicals in the brain responsible for controlling anxiety.
Maintain a balanced blood sugar by eating nutritious, whole-food meals and snacks. Doing so can help regulate your energy levels and stabilize blood sugar.
When feeling anxious, disconnect from your phone and social media. Doing this can help focus on physical and emotional needs instead of things that might trigger or worsen symptoms.