Are you caring sufficiently for yourself by eating healthily and getting regular exercise? Make a conscious decision to accept uncertainty, and try to live in the present.
Communicate with other people and seek new activities.
Practise relaxation techniques, such as meditation, controlled breathing, and progressive muscle relaxation to quieten racing thoughts.
However if fears are on-going and begin to interfere with daily life and relationships you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder.
There are several types, and as many strategies to help you reduce symptoms and regain control. Does your anxiety interfere with work or school or family life?
Are you plagued by irrational fears and negative thinking ?
Symptoms can often be frightening, which in turn can make things worse – and the cycle is hard to break.
Physical symptoms such as “brain fog” causing difficulty thinking and poor memory, dizziness, headaches, high blood pressure, insomnia, nausea, neck and back and stomach pains are all common and may result.
Many people with anxiety disorders also suffer from depression which can make anxiety worse. Write down your worries and fears – defining them helps.If your lifestyle is unhealthy and stressful you are more likely to feel anxious. Designate a ‘worry period’, time to devote to negative thoughts – then postpone fear for the rest of the day.Do you avoid everyday situations such as crowded places, or interacting with other people?Do you experience heart-pounding, stomach churning panic attacks? Anxiety sufferers often feel overwhelmed and exhausted.Anxiety disorders are a group of related conditions rather than a single type, and vary from person to person – yet all share symptoms of persistent fear in situations where most people don’t feel worried or threatened.There are six major types, with their own distinct symptom profile, each of which we are familiar with helping at The Perth Brain Centre; Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Phobia, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Social Anxiety Disorder.