Anxiety is a natural human response to stress. When we feel anxious we can experience a sense of uneasiness, nervousness, worry and fear. Our heart might quicken, our muscles might tense up, while our sweat glands go into overdrive. After a while a feeling of weakness and lethargy sets in and everything may begin to feel impossible.
Common symptoms of anxiety include:
Mood swings and strange thoughts
Tightness in chest
Increased blood pressure
Comfort or under eating
Anxiety can come and go, or it might cling on. It can be generalised and mild or it can be debilitating and lead onto depression. Anxiety experienced over the long term can attack the body, giving rise to heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and coronary events. Unfortunately, anxiety is something too many of us live with and don’t do much about.
The first thing to do is get to grips with it and see a doctor. Your doctor will help to diagnose what kind of anxiety you are experiencing – generalised anxiety (GAD) which is the most common form, social anxiety, phobias, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Once diagnosed, your doctor can recommend the best course of treatment and self help.
There are plenty of things you can do to take the fight to anxiety and beat it. Check out www.anxietyko.com for free advice on exercise workouts for the home, recipes, nutrition and healthy living. Another great source of information is the new NHS anxiety webpage.