Do you get butterflies in your stomach before a big event? Are you scared of speaking at public meetings? Do you always feel that your preparation is not enough no matter how prepared you are? All these are signs of anxiety. Anxiety is a form of fear. It is very common and considered normal to feel this way occasionally. Anxiety can manifest itself differently for each person. It can signal the body via cold hands, butterflies in your stomach, diarrhea, excessive sweating, elevated heart rate, nauseousness, lack of concentration, forgetfulness, fast breathing, hyperventilation, and many other ways. While it is annoying to say the least, anxiety is not life-threatening, it is simply a form of fear. A certain amount of anxiety can actually help to enhance your performance and prepare you for a big event that might be an exam, meeting, speech, interview, or important life event. But when it becomes frequent and it becomes too intense, it can create a variety of complications and inhibit your performance and thinking process. Anxiety can be caused by stress and can have a definite impact on your life if it is not managed properly!
Chances are that if you are having this feeling just on an occasional basis, you can pretty much ignore it and chalk it up to certain stressful situation. However, if anxious thoughts and feelings are continually running through your mind and you are dwelling on them, more than likely you are experiencing chronic anxiety. If this describes you at this moment, take heart- there’s help available!
There are many ways to cope with anxiety including making changes in your diet, adding exercise to your daily schedule, prayer, meditation, massage, yoga, and by practicing positive thinking habits such as gratefulness and positive affirmations. Many times speaking with a counselor, clergy, or psychologist can be a tremendous help in helping you to resolve those underlying issues that are causing you to feel anxious!
Warning Signs of Anxiety
Almost all people experience anxiety in certain stressful situations. But if you feel that your anxiety is continuous and doesn’t get better, then it is time to take action. Don’t be afraid to visit a psychologist, especially if you find a sudden and extreme change in your mood, poor daily self-care, violent behavior, negative thinking, stress, confusion, prolonged lack of concentration, and suicidal tendency.
As mentioned before, be assured that there is help for you! Anxiety can be significantly reduced with proper treatment. There are many different therapies available to treat specific types of anxiety. A good psychologist will help you identify the areas of your life that are causing your anxiety and will design a plan of action to help you get back to optimal level.
Coping with Anxiety
Medical treatment can help you to come out of this situation. They might offer you counseling, medication, or therapies to improve your condition. You can also feel better by making some changes in your lifestyle and thought process.
Exercise or any physical activity can truly reduce anxiety levels. Exercises will boost your immunity, will tire your muscles, will release calming neurotransmitters, and while reducing your stress hormone.
Meditation can improve your ability to cope with anxiety. It utilizes the benefits of healthy breathing, relaxation and visualization to help reduce stress and manage anxiety. In addition, meditation helps you center your thoughts, create positive thought patterns and helps develop a strong, peaceful resolve to deal with all types of stress and anxiety.
This mode of therapy is used by many psychologists to treat anxiety and depression. It provides some techniques to help people manage their negative thought, fear, and depression associated with chronic anxiety. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help you change and replace your negative thought patterns that may’ve unconsciously become your default pattern.
Relaxation techniques are very helpful in coping with anxiety and stress. Make a list of what activities you find the most relaxing and then give yourself permission to do these. Some examples include listening to music, taking a relaxing walk, talking with friends, taking a drive to the beach, playing with your dog, cat or pet, etc.
If you have tried these suggestions and are still experiencing anxiety, talk with your psychologist or psychiatrist about appropriate medication. Your doctor will be able to assess your specific symptoms and recommend the treatment plan that will best fit your specific needs. These drugs are used to treat anxiety disorders but before taking any medication, you need to discuss it you’re your psychologist/psychiatrist to know which medication will be helpful to you.
Anxiety is a form of fear. If you learn to recognize the early signs of fear, it will become easier for you to manage it from the early stage. Help is available and only a phone call away!
Top psychologist Dr. Michael Cristiano, located in Boca Raton, Florida, is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety! Dr. Cristiano is a leader in his field, maintaining the highest level of professionalism as indicated by his Psychology Today verification, board certification, and longstanding practice. Take that first step today and schedule your appointment with Dr. Cristiano by calling 561-962-0450. Get back on track to being the best you!