How to deal with Anxiety Attacks
Feeling on edge and nervous, are normal emotions we have as human being, but when the fear heightens and becomes overwhelming, they become the first stages of Anxiety Attacks. If this is a recurrent factor in your life, you might have an anxiety disorder. There are many different of these disorders and just as well there are many effective treatments and self-help strategies. Once you understand your condition, there are ways and means to deal with it. There are steps that you can take to reduce your symptoms and regain control of your life.
The first step is to understand the nature of anxiety. It spawns from the body’s natural response to danger. Whenever you feel threatened, under pressure or facing a stressful situation. Anxiety is not a negative emotion in nature; in fact it helps you stay alert and focused. In normal conditions the body should be able to dominate this emotion and not let it take over. But in certain cases, we might not be able to keep the emotion at bay and we let it take a hold of us. Those are Anxiety Attacks.
Symptoms and signals of a possible anxiety disorder are the following: Feeling constantly tense, worried, or on edge. So much so that it interferes with school, work or other responsibilities. If you experience fears that you yourself know are irrational, but are unable to control them or let them go. If you feel unexpected attacks of panic dreading catastrophe at every corner. Sensing those things we just listed, plus feeling apprehension or dread, having trouble concentrating, restlessness, pounding heart, sweating, upset stomach, insomnia, fatigue, muscle tension, tremor and twitches, you might have an anxiety disorder.
So, how exactly do you deal with Anxiety Attacks? First and foremost, if your anxiety attacks are crippling, and you are not able to fully function, go ahead and seek professional help. Please bear in mind that there are certain things that you might be able to try at home to help you stabilize yourself.
· Practice relaxation techniques, such as meditation and yoga.
· Be careful of your eating habits. Eat healthy, take care of your body as it will take care of you
· Get enough sleep, at least seven hours per night.
Furthermore, as a sufferer from Anxiety Attacks myself, I found the following piece of information very helpful when I feel like I’m going through an episode myself. I write down on a personal notebook my worries and fears, once I see the words on paper (or screen), I am able to get a better understanding of things and it helps me sooth and ease my mind quicker. The second advise I received that was hard to follow but ultimately is the best advice one can get is that you should accept uncertainty. Worrying about problems only affects your state of mind, and doesn’t get anything solved. Learning to deal with the fact that certain issues cannot be handled at the current present time. That will always provide peace of mind. Finally, and this might sound a bit crazy, but during the day, dedicate a small period of times of no longer than 5 minutes to letting your negative thoughts and fears and anxiety run free. But only for those 5 minutes and nothing more. Also avoid doing this when you are about to go to bed, That way it might interfere with you sleeping habit.
Remember YOU are to take charge of your Anxiety and not the other way around.