Anxiety

Anxiety disorders affect between 13-18% of the overall population, but the fact is we all experience various kinds of anxiety during our lives. An anxious mental state can be defined by feelings of anxiety, worry, uneasiness, or fear. It’s frequently future-oriented, meaning that our anxieties are directed at potential threats or negative experiences which haven’t yet occurred.

In the actual world, the majority of us experience stress in varying amounts depending on the circumstance. It is not necessarily a bad thing, as some stress can inspire us to re-plan or re-think a situation before acting. But, excessive anxiety can be crippling to a point where we can not decide, we do not do it, or we mess up when the event finally comes.

All these three types of stress are often the most common types discussed in contemporary psychology study, but there are probably other types of stress that do not fit so neatly in those types (specific phobias, existential anxiety, death anxiety, etc.) Nevertheless, these are the types of stress I will be referring to in this article:

We may feel uneasy or prevent environments that involve large groups of people (such as school, work, public addresses, high school reunions, etc.) or we may even feel uncomfortable or prevent certain sorts of 1-to-1 interactions (such as job interviews, relationship, interacting with a stranger for the first time, or meeting a star).

Some individuals might feel more comfortable speaking to familiar faces, while others feel more comfortable meeting someone for the first time. It really depends upon the environment and the individual.

Unlike social stress, performance anxiety is a fear or worry about demonstrations, including a student taking a final exam at school, or a musician performing on stage, or an athlete playing in a huge sports game. We stress that we won’t do our best, or that we will mess up or shed, and that stress can actually inhibit us from doing to our maximum capacity (or even doing at all, such as because of too much “stage fright”).

Rather than focusing on what we will need to get done to succeed, we become more concentrated on all of the ways things that may fail.

Raccoon Removal Orlando FL This can sometimes turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy. Our thoughts make us uneasy and ill prepared, and then these thoughts lead to actions that reinforce our previous conceptions.

The fact remains that none of us can act or make a decision with complete knowledge of what the consequences will be; the world is simply too complicated, and our minds aren’t capable of fully understanding it. For this reason, we often feel anxiety when creating a significant choice in our life, because we do not know if we’ll make the best possible option.

We make decisions everyday and we must handle the “opportunity costs” from choosing one alternative over another. Some research indicates that the more choices we must pick from, the harder it’s to make a determination. They assert that having more options contributes to a greater “opportunity cost” (theoretically: the more we have to pick from, the more we miss out on), and if this opportunity cost becomes too large we can often suffer from paralysis by analysis. Paralysis by analysis inhibits us from making ANY choice since we’re so lost on what the perfect strategy is.

I’m positive you’ve experienced these types of anxieties by your own life to varying degrees. A whole lot of our stress can be natural and healthy. But when it starts interfering with how we would like to live our own lives, then it can turn into a problem that we will need to take care of. The first step toward addressing this challenge is identifying some of the possible causes of our nervousness, then we could determine what are the most effective ways to take care of it.

There are a whole lot of factors which could contribute to our stress (and our mental health more generally). In this part, I will go over some of the most frequent causes of anxiety, and also some possible treatment options for every one. However, it is important to not forget that since our stress can be due to such a wide variety of different factors, it is often better to incorporate several treatment choices concurrently.

Genes

Certain gene variants may be associated with higher levels of anxiety. All of us have a distinct biological make-up, and sometimes people may experience elevated levels of stress for no other reason but that it’s embedded in their genetic code. These genes essentially lead to chemical imbalances in the brain that boss to your nervousness.

Treatment options: If your anxiety is driven by your biology it can be possible to receive prescribed drugs from a professional psychologist. Beware, however, that a number of these drugs can have adverse side effects (you may go through a number of different drugs before finding one that works best – a great psychiatrist can help you through this procedure). Also beware that if your anxiety is due to other factors than medication is only going to serve as a fast fix, but it will not fix the deeper issues in your life. You might have to supplement your medicine with different treatments.

Health

Anxiety may also be caused as a result of physical inactivity and poor diet. When we do not treat our bodies right then can frequently have an impact on our mental states.

If we do not eat balanced meals and get all of the nutrition we need, which often means our brains are not getting enough nourishment either. This inhibits our brains from as efficiently as they are, which might well become a contributor to high levels of stress.

Physical activity is also vital to both our physical and psychological wellbeing. Running, playing sports, going to the gym, dance, and anything that offers exercise is a fantastic way to relieve tension and anxiety that may develop during the weeks or days. It is important that we have a means to channel hormones (such as cortisol and adrenaline) in positive and healthy ways, otherwise they manifest themselves as stress and anxiety.

Treatment alternatives: If you don’t take decent care of your body, you would probably be surprised of how much less stressed and anxious you would be if you started taking better care of your health. Consider doing small things such as replacing soda with water, eating less cake, going for a run many times weekly, or being more conscious of what you eat, and you will start to feel better both physically and mentally.

 

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