Knowing Anxiety

Anxiety is the mind and body's reaction to stressful, dangerous, or unfamiliar situations. It's the sense of uneasiness, distress, or dread you feel before a significant event. 

All human beings experience anxiety. In many cases, anxiety can have some beneficial and adaptive qualities such as pushing one to study for an upcoming difficult exam or propelling a person to flee from danger. Although experiencing some anxiety with life stressors and worries is normal, sometimes it can be difficult to manage and can feel overwhelming. 

Although there are several different types of anxiety disorders, each with unique features, there are some common symptoms that might be a clue that someone is suffering from an anxiety disorder:

  • The person indicates excessive anxiety or worry about future events. 
  • The person has feelings of panic and accompanying physiological reactions (sweaty palms, heart racing, heavy breathing) in certain situations.
  • The person experiences sleep disturbances related to the anxiety or worry.
  • The person has difficulty concentrating as a result of the anxiety or worry.
  • You may also notice general signs of distress, like neglect of personal hygiene, weight gain or loss, a decline in performance at work or school, major changes in mood, or withdrawal from activities or relationships.

Learn Relaxation Strategies:

  • Breathe from your belly
  • Imagine your 'happy space' and transport yourself there
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Exercise daily, such as light jogging or brisk walking 
  • Eat healthy, have more Omega 3
  • Get enough sleep

You can also try some anxiety relief products such as: 

  • Aromatherapy, especially essential oils that can transport you to a serene place such as Hinoki essential oil from Japanese deep forest where people go for forest bathing
  • Adult coloring book
  • Stress ball
  • Weighted blanket