Anxiety is a natural part of life and it is not always a bad experience. In fact, it is one of those responses of the body which help you to take notice and focus on different issues in your life. For instance, your exams are drawing near and you know that you haven't prepared well for them. So, your anxiousness regarding the consequences of poor studies, may actually push and help you to get serious with your work and who knows, you may do better than expected! This is about the normal degree of anxiousness which usually has a temporary effect on your daily life. However, at times, such feelings become overwhelming, and you begin to have repeated attacks of intense fear and panic, with the belief that something bad will happen. The following PsycholoGenie write-up provides some tips for helping you manage this problem, and get your life back on track.
Accompanying Signs and Symptoms
Physical Symptoms of Anxiety
The physical symptoms might include muscle tension, high blood pressure, headache, chest pain, rapid pulse or heart pounding, insomnia, shakiness, tremors, sweating, and shortness of breath. Some people may also suffer from diarrhea, frequent urination, fatigue, changes in body temperature, tearfulness, upset stomach, dizziness, and nausea.
Remedies for Anxiety Attacks
Relief can be achieved with the help of medications, behavioral therapies, and some complementary treatment methods. Medicines might be prescribed depending upon the severity and the type of the disorder. For instance, some medications might be administered for specific times like before boarding an airplane or the like, while some might be used for a longer period of time.
Medications work best to relieve panic attacks, especially when used in conjunction with behavioral therapies. These include cognitive and exposure behavioral therapy. In the former, patients are encouraged and led to identify challenges or elements, which are having a negative impact on their lives and fueling their anxiety. Exposure therapy is a treatment method, wherein the patient is made to face his/her fears or tension-causing elements head on, but in a safe and controlled environment.
Meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, biofeedback, visualization, muscle relaxation, and other relaxation techniques, when followed religiously, do not take long to cause positive changes in providing relief. You can also add the benefits of hypnosis to the above treatments for anxiety disorders. Keeping your mind in a state of deep relaxation, the hypnotist, will come up with different techniques to help you face your anxiety and other factors related to it.
Though all the aforementioned methods will surely help you deal with anxiety attacks, the real effort should come from within. Keep an optimistic approach towards life, and make affirmative statements to boost your self-confidence. When you start feeling anxious, try not to get swayed away by your negative feelings, and realize that you have some control over the situation. Once you start believing in yourself, all your problems will disappear.