Individuals experiencing Generalized Anxiety (GAD) will suffer from excessive worry that is uncontrollable and often irrational. You may be apprehensive about upcoming events, activities or gatherings that you are expected or required to attend. Those with anxiety may be overly concerned about the following:
- Health issues
- Family Problems
The consistent worrying interferes with daily functioning. You may experience many physical symptoms, which include:
- Muscle tension/aches
- Stomach pain
- Difficulty breathing
Living with anxiety makes it difficult to relax, and to participate in many activities, especially when there is a large group, or people you do not know. Having anxiety makes it hard to turn your mind off and your worrying becomes uncontrollable. You worry about various things and typically expect the worst.
There are ways to help with your anxiety disorder; you can learn healthy coping skills. Grounding skills are helpful when you need to calm down. These include things you can see, touch, taste, hear and smell. Concentrating on these skills will allow your brain to calm down. Exercise, listening to music, journaling and talking with a friend are other ways to help when feeling overwhelmed.
Learning to challenge the thoughts, asking yourself if they are valid, and identifying what can be done to change the situation can help with the anxious thoughts.
Often times, if you have anxiety, it is helpful to write a list before you go to bed. It can be what you need to accomplish the next day, or the thoughts that are causing anxiety. This will help get it out of your head and allow you to relax. Deep breathing and meditation or yoga before bed can help, as well.
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