What is anxiety? How do you know if you have it? And if you suspect that you do have it or if you have been told you have it, how do you effectively and successfully deal with it?
There is no exact diagnosis for anxiety;it is an observation of symptoms. Some of them can be emotions a person is feeling and displaying and some of them can be physical symptoms that can be observed.
And if you do have these symptoms and if they are plaguing your life, what can you do about it? Is it controllable? Can it be overcome? Can it be understood? All very good questions and all questions that I have struggled with for most of my adult life and for which I have found some life-changing answers for.
In this blog and blogs to follow, I hope to help you identify the symptoms of anxiety. And to reassure you that you are not alone. If you do suffer from these symptoms then I hope to provide you with tools and techniques and even a therapeutic approach to managing and even overcoming them.
Does Everyone Have Anxiety?
Some level of anxiety is normal and anxiety can even be useful. We should feel anxious before a job interview. We should feel the jitters before going on a first date. However, if you become overcome or even fixated with the anticipation of what’s to come and you find yourself not going to the job interview or opting to stay at home instead of going on that date, then the anxiety has taken a turn and has become detrimental.
As you know, anxiety exists to keep us all safe against real-life threats. It is part of being human. It was meant to get us up and running when that wholly mammoth was making a charge towards us.
For Some Anxiety is a Crippling Constant
But for some of us, anxiety has become overwhelming and constant and it rears up sometimes over incidental or even unreal threats. When this happens, life can become a true misery and suffering can be exhausting and relentless. Even low-level yet constant anxiety can lead to problems at work, at home and even with one’s health.
Understanding Anxiety is the First Step to Overcoming It
To expect a complete elimination of anxiety would be irrational and not appropriate for your emotional and physiological health. However, understanding, managing and overcoming unwarranted and damaging anxiety is within your grasp and a life of calm and peace is very much on the horizon.
In my next blog, I am going to describe what anxiety feels like for most people and how it can be easily and effortlessly eliminated. It can be different and it starts with awareness and understanding.
I invite you to share your experience with anxiety in the comments. You can also join in the conversation on Facebook and Instagram for inspiration.
To our health and wellbeing,