Do I Have Anxiety?

Everyone feels anxious at some point – and in today’s busy world feeling anxious is common, maybe even happening many times a day.

Many people can manage anxiety by taking a a break, a short walk or a change of scenery.  But if you there are times when anxiety gets too overwhelming and you don’t know how to handle it or make it stop it might be time talk to someone, especially if it starts to impact your daily life.

Is Anxiety Controlling Your Life?

Symptoms that could indicate anxiety is controlling your life include

  • Excessive worry about simple everyday things that lasts for at least six months
  • Worrying even when there is little or no reason to worry
  • Awareness that you worry much more than you should, which often leads to more worry and a vicious cycle
  • Difficulty relaxing because you can’t stop thinking about what needs to be done tomorrow, or what you didn’t do that day
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Restless and/or easily startled
  • Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep

What Are Common Effects Of Anxiety?

There are any effects and everyone is different, but common effects of anxiety include:

  • Pounding heart
  • Feeling tired for no reason
  • Headaches
  • Muscle tension and aches
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Trembling or twitching
  • Irritability
  • Sweating
  • Nausea/upset stomach
  • Feeling lightheaded
  • Feeling out of breath
  • Frequent urination or diarrhea
  • Hot flashes

Suggestions To Manage Anxiety

  • Be flexible, know what you can change and what you can’t – don’t be afraid to say no when the school PTA calls and asks you to volunteer at the last minute
  • Understand mistakes are going to happen, no one is perfect
  • Use relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises
  • Get active – go exercise, go for a walk, even when you don’t feel like it getting moving often eases anxiety
  • Listening to your favorite music or songs when you feel anxiety coming on
  • Have a healthy diet, avoiding things like caffeine or alcohol that might be triggers
  • Find someone to talk to – a friend or neighbor. Sometimes even talking to other moms at the bus stop or dads at the soccer game can help.
  • Find a trusted pastor our counselor can help you understand the root of the anxiety and provide guidance to walk you through it and strategies to help you manage anxiety
  • Try to handle situations as they arise; procrastination can lead to anxiety
  • Keep a journal and look for triggers.  Are you more anxious during certain times of day, after certain meetings or days of the week.  Sometimes spotting the trend can help you pinpoint a cause and find a solution.

If anxiety has gotten to be too much for your to handle, don’t be afraid to reach out and talk to someone. Anxiety is very common and can be effectively managed.

Contact us for more information or to request a convenient virtual telehealth appointment or in our Midlothian office.


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