Anxiety is a state of mental discomfort, helplessness, uneasiness, distress, and restlessness. All of us have experienced some form of anxiety in our lives; those sweating palms before the start of an examination; the pounding heart on going to the stage are all features of anxiety.
People who suffer from anxiety tend to experience physical symptoms such as palpitations, tremors, sweating, gastrointestinal discomfort, diarrhea, muscle tension, shortness of breath, blushing and confusion. You may feel anxious before you take a test or walk down a dark street.
This kind of anxiety is useful – it can make you more alert or careful. It usually ends soon after you are out of the situation that caused it. But for millions of people, the anxiety does not go away, and gets worse over time. They may have chest pains or nightmares. They may even be afraid to leave home.
Generalized anxiety disorder (or GAD) is characterized by excessive, exaggerated anxiety and worry about everyday life events with no obvious reasons for worry. People with symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder tend to always expect disaster and can’t stop worrying about health, money, family or work.
Symptoms of Anxiety
The signs and symptoms of an anxiety disorder include:
- A constant and unrealistic worry about everyday occurrences and activities.
- Endless checking or rechecking actions.
- The need to go to the bathroom frequently.
- Trouble falling or staying asleep.
- Muscle tension
- Physical symptoms such as palpitations, tremors, sweating, gastrointestinal discomfort, diarrhea, muscle tension, shortness of breath, blushing and confusion.
Causes of Anxiety
The main Causes of Anxiety are:
- Family history plays a part in increasing the likelihood that a person will develop Anxiety. This means that the tendency to develop Anxiety may be passed on in families.
- Trauma and stressful events, such as abuse, the death of a loved one, divorce, changing jobs or schools, may lead to Anxiety.
- The use of and withdrawal from addictive substances, including alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine, can also worsen Anxiety.
Home Remedies for Anxiety
There are some easy home remedies you can employ to help your body relax:
- Add 1/3 cup baking soda and 1/3 cup ginger to a nice warm bath. Soak in the tub for 15 minutes to relieve tension and anxiety.
- Eat 2 cups celery, onions, or a mixture of the two, raw or cooked, with your meals for a week or two. Both vegetables contain large amounts of potassium and folic acid, deficiencies of which can cause nervousness.
- Sesame oil is great, but sunflower, coconut, or corn oil will work, too. For a wonderful, anxiety-busting massage, heat 6 ounces oil until warm, not hot. Rub over entire body, including your scalp and the bottoms of your feet. A small rolling pin feels marvelous! Use the oil as a massage before the morning bath to calm you down for the day’s activities. If anxiety is keeping you awake, try using it before you go to bed, too.
- The aroma of an orange is known to reduce anxiety. All you have to do to get the benefits is peel an orange and inhale. You can also drop the peel into a small pan or potpourri burner. Cover with water and simmer. When heated, the orange peel will release its fragrant and calming oil.
- Stir 1 teaspoon honey and a pinch of nutmeg into 1 cup orange juice and drink.
- Rosemary has a calming effect on the nerves. Make a tea by adding 1 to 2 teaspoons of the dried herb to 1 cup boiling water; steep for 10 minutes, then drink. Inhaling rosemary can be relaxing, too.
Anxiety Treatment and Advice:
- Breathe in, breathe out. Slowly, deeply. This is relaxing.
- Indulge in noncompetitive exercising, such as walking, bicycling, or swimming. It’s good for you, both physically and emotionally.
- Chat with a friend, a psychotherapis.Talking about your anxiety can relieve it.
- Quit caffeine and alcohol.
- Sleep 6 to 8 hours per night.
- Talk to positive minded people, listen to music, play with cards.