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Feeling Anxious?

"The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled.  For it is only in such, moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answer." (Peck, 2003)

 

 

Anxiety is a natural condition of life.  If we utilise our "nervous energy" it can be a very powerful motivating force to perform; to reach deadlines, and not to be complacent with the status quo.  Life without some anxiety is not life at all!  However, anxiety can, if not managed, become uncontrolled and even turn into pathological anxiety that can cause emotional difficulties (an overwhelmed feeling, frequently feeling on edge or frightened, burnout, irritability, or even panic attacks or depression), cognitive difficulties (overthinking, ambivalence and impaired concentration). social impairment (substance abuse and difficulties with interpersonal relationships), or physical difficulties (appetite dysregulation, sleeping problems, excessive tiredness and decreased immunity).

 

A panic attack is a sudden rush of uncomfortable and unpleasant physical symptoms (such as dizziness, shortness of breath, or chest pain), together with thoughts of impending doom (such as making a scene, having a heart attack, or losing one's mind).  After a few of these episodes, the individual can become physically and psychologically tense in preparation of the next attack.

 

When you suffer from an anxiety disorder, it is important to ensure a thorough evaluation to confirm the diagnosis and identify stressor's and triggers.  A multidisciplinary and holistic treatment approach is the most effective.  Medication is not always necessary and should be used judiciously.  Changing destructive thought patters and learning effective relaxation techniques coupled with coping strategies through psychotherapy is important.  Lifestyle changes such as regular exercise, avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and certain painkillers or fat burners; and a regular sleeping pattern can also enhance one's quality of life and reduce unnecessary levels of anxiety.

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