We have all experienced anxiety at one time or another.
Some amount of anxiety is natural to feel from time to time. Just the thought of delivering a public speech can send many people into heart palpitations.
But sometimes it can be difficult to gauge if our level of anxiety is growing outside of what is considered normal. Many people wonder how to tell if they need support for their anxiety.
Locking yourself in a closet and vowing never to leave is an obvious sign something is wrong, but there can be other, more subtle, ways your anxiety can siphon the joy from your daily life.
If symptoms of your anxiety are impeding your every day life, you need support.
Anxiety can manifest in distressing physical symptoms. Migraines, chronic stomach issues, chest pains, or asthma can sometimes be related to excessive worry or stress caused by an anxiety disorder. Additionally, if you suffer from a pre-existing condition, anxiety can often exacerbate your symptoms, making it difficult to heal and recover.
Anxiety can take a toll on relationships in one of two ways: Isolation is a technique used to avoid distressing social situations. It can be very difficult for friends and family to understand why you would choose to opt out of important social gatherings, but the truth is your anxiety drives you cancel at the last minute. Pushing through the anxiety unsupported is not a good answer either, as this can aggravate your anxiety and cause you to be annoyed, reactive, and short tempered with your well meaning loved ones.
Sleep is an integral part of our daily functioning. If we do not get enough of it, our wiring can become faulty. Anxiety that has built up during the waking day will often look for an outlet at night. While your brain is ready to process and put away the day’s events, your anxiety keeps you spinning around something that happened, or that might happen, and prevents you from adequate rest. As you can imagine, this cycle can compound over time, making it more and more difficult for you to achieve the sleep you need to feel good and present each waking day.
If you’re using alcohol, drugs, or other substances to curb your symptoms of anxiety, it is time to seek help. These are short-term solutions and will actually exacerbate the condition long-term, putting you farther from successful living. Self-medication can also lead to a dependency, further complicating the problem at hand.
When just walking the dog or going to the post office becomes a dreadful, stress filled task, anxiety has taken over. If you find yourself feeling constantly unmotivated or avoiding even the little tasks of daily life, it’s time to seek help for anxiety.
Anxiety does not have to be extremely severe to rob you of experiencing your own life fully. These are all little ways that anxiety impacts your daily life, but there is great news! These are treatable.
Working through whatever is causing you anxiety with support from an objective professional can help you regain control over your life.
Receiving validation and addressing the issue, even if it seems small and nagging to you, will help you move forward more fully and you do not have to keep asking the question of, “do I need help for this?”
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