Anxiety is actually beneficial. It makes us focused on the things that we do when under pressure or facing life struggles and problems, and be alert on our surroundings in the presence of any threat or danger. Mild anxiety helps us get things done.
However, when anxiety seems to be out of our control and occurs without any apparent reasons can be alarming. Mild anxiety which is helpful can turn to be a very overwhelming, debilitating and distressing anxiety disorder when not given attention and proper management. Severe anxiety can damage you emotionally, mentally and physically. It can affect your lives dramatically. Major types of anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic attacks, phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and social anxiety disorder.
These disorders have different triggering factors however have quite similar psychological and physiological symptoms. Typical symptoms include chest pains, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeats, hyperventilation, heart palpitations, lump in the throat, hot and cold flashes, numbness in arms, hands, fingers and legs, headaches, dizziness, nausea, dry mouth and throat, inability to concentrate, trembling, sweating, irritability, insomnia, restlessness and frequent anticipation of something bad is going to happen.
These symptoms can interfere with the patient’s ability to have a normal life. Some people experience anxiety due to stress from daily mental, emotional and physical activities at school, office or at home. Stress and anxiety are considered as mental disorder twins for they occur hand in hand.
Anxiety symptoms and attacks may seem impossible to prevent and treat. Good thing there are several ways that you can try to treat your disorder without any medications. Medications should always be your last option when trying to treat any illnesses especially anxiety disorders.
Medications such as benzodiazepines, antidepressants and beta-blockers have side effects such as headaches, nausea, insomnia and dizziness. Such drugs can give you just temporary relief and can make you depend and addicted to it. Always go to the natural ways of treatment, always. Begin with preparing yourself to change your lifestyle. The modern lifestyle these days are very unhealthy, you may be living with such lifestyle. If this is the case, you need determination, discipline and patience to be successful in living healthy.
Healthy lifestyle includes having a healthy diet, exercising regularly and getting enough rest and sleep. You should avoid being dehydrated for it triggers anxiety attacks. Do not skip any meals and eat plenty of vegetables and fruits especially green ones. You can also take multivitamins and mineral supplements that are rich in magnesium, B vitamins, calcium, zinc, selenium, chromium and folic acid which can help tour nervous system to function properly and improve your mood.
Drink lots of water, 8 glasses or more a day, and reduce or avoid drinking sodas, anything with caffeine such as coffee and tea, and alcoholic beverages. Avoid any intake of cocaine and nicotine for these can make your disorder worse. You can do some running, walking, swimming or yoga 30 minutes every day to help you on easing and relieving anxiety attacks and symptoms.
Changing lifestyle may be easier said than done however when you have that determination to eliminate your anxiety disorder and free yourself from this nightmare, you can do it. If having a healthy lifestyle would not work on you, you can consult your physician and describe everything that you tried to do. Medical experts always know what is best for you.