We all are aware of anxiety or hear about it in daily life. What actually anxiety is?
Anxiety, in simple words, is a feeling of discomfort and restlessness about different situations. It takes the form of persistent worry and fear which could interfere with daily routine.
The Person may fear embarrassment and often imagines situations where he could embarrass himself, this results in adopting avoidance behavior to the situations.
ANXIETY – Normal or Abnormal?
We all feel anxious at some point in time and it’s a part of the normal expression.
But If it starts to interfere with daily routine, it becomes a problem and requires attention instead of avoidance.
We often tend to judge a person if he shares his/her restlessness or nervousness in a particular situation or environment. This could make him feel not only low but gives him a sense of weakness. A judgment of this kind often repels the person to share and establish communication.
We all have some amount of anxiety but situations may differ. When we feel anxious and the day this anxiety starts to interfere with our daily routine or make us develop the habit of avoidance, the problem starts.
How does Anxiety effect?
It may effect in the following ways
– We unable to communicate effectively
– We lose the opportunity at work or college due to ineffective communication.
– We may face embarrassment in social situations.
– It affects the confidence level
– For some, it may lead to an inferiority complex
– Research has shown, anxiety may worsen the depression.
Although, it is almost impossible to express in words the complete inner state of a person facing anxiety attacks, above are commonly observed effects of anxiety.
Is Anxiety permanent?
Research has shown that it is possible to beat anxiety and improve the quality of life through behavior change and medicines(if required).
Yes there are ways to overcome it, It may include
1) Address the Issue: If you feel that anxiety is disturbing your life routine, accept it and take steps to resolve it.
2) Deal it in step by step fashion. : Try to address one issue at a time. Do not over exhaust yourself by solving all the issues at once. Give yourself time and move with confidence.
3) Habit change: Try to change negative habits and bring more positivity to life by adopting positive or constructive habits
4) Relaxing: Practice mindfulness techniques and stress relieving exercises.
5) Share the feeling and communicate: Share your feeling, fears, concerns with family and friends. Work with them to resolve your fears and try to adopt new ways.
6)Self-talk: Self-talk is a door to improvement. Talk to yourself or write down your concerns and analyze them. Always remind yourself that it is not permanent but a temporary phase.
Keep trying to see beyond your fears and never give up. Appreciate yourself for improvement.
7) Positive thinking: Writing or reading a positive thought a day is always promising to boost your thought process.
8) Maintain records: Record any improvement you made and the feeling attached to it.
These ways may seem to be simple but require guidance and patience.
Severe anxiety does require medication but mild to a moderate level of anxiety can be overcome by lifestyle changes and mindfulness technique.
Our role to support someone with Anxiety –
As individuals, we should try to make society a more positive and peaceful place to live.
A step towards positivity would be to understand the importance of mental balance and spread the ways to maintain this balance and there are many ways to do it. Few of these ways to support someone with anxiety are :
— Try to establish communication.
— Work with them to change habits.
— Try to motivate them and give them time to act.
— Try not to make them feel embarrassed.
— Try to gather more information about anxiety from sources.
— Do not lecture the person over their issues or fall into an argument which may worsen their situation.
— Be polite and avoid being rude while communicating with them.
— If you cannot help them on your own, it is totally fine. Take professional help and guidance, but don’t judge them