What is Social Anxiety like? – living with a social phobia

Social anxiety is difficult and if you have experienced it, you know it goes beyond just shyness. In a social world, where interactions are inevitable, dealing with social anxiety is extremely difficult.

We are going to look at what social anxiety is like by exploring.

  • Defining Social anxiety
  • Signs and symptoms
  • How to live with the disorder
  • Social anxiety in terms of dating, relationships, social media, work and self-esteem
  • Understanding the social anxiety scale
  • Treatment and methods of coping
  • What is the next step

Social Anxiety Definition

Social anxiety is anxiety with a bonus. It is the intense fear and worry in regard to social interactions. It is a phobia that goes beyond just nerves. Nerves are perfectly normal in situations where you need to do a speech, presentation, job interview, demonstration, and explanations as they pass. Social anxiety does not pass. It affects all social interactions with people.

It is a disorder that stems from a great fear of being judged by others’ on your performance, what you say, how you said it, and your thoughts. It is the fear that people will scrutinize your every move and every word, believing you are not good enough, and fearing you will just embarrass yourself in front of them.

It is walking quickly to where you have to go and submerging yourself in your work so that you do not have to speak with coworkers very long. It is avoiding eye contact and looking on the floor when passing anyone and, not seeking help in a store or class because you are afraid of embarrassing yourself.

This fear comes from any and all social interactions, especially with new experiences and people you are not familiar with. It can be caused by public speaking, talking to new people, interacting in a classroom or meeting, situations where you would be the center of attention, and going on dates with a new person.

Social Anxiety and Symptoms

The Signs and symptoms of social anxiety are the same as they are with basic anxiety. Click HERE for a comprehensive list. However, besides the fear, sweating, shaking, out-of-body experience, heart racing, knot in stomach, difficulty breathing and swallowing, there a few additional symptoms with social anxiety that are more dominant than in basic anxiety.

  1. Blushing, flush face
  2. Shaking of hands and finger tapping
  3. Bouncing of leg and or shaking
  4. Sweating and or hot flashes
  5. Staying quiet in social atmospheres
  6. Placing yourself in the back of the room, corner of the room, or a place with the least amount of interaction in the setting
  7. Avoiding eye contact and/or looking down
  8. Answering in simple phrases and words
  9. Going to events with a friend, unable to be alone
  10. Feel like floating or trembling legs when walking in public with groups of people around
  11. Having false ideas that people don’t like you, they are talking about you, and that you are bothering them,
  12. Using drugs or alcohol before social interactions to help you cope
  13. Playing a character you assume people want to see, rather than being your real self
  14. Constant paranoia
  15. Over analyzing peoples reactions
  16. Assuming others’ perception of you before you have even spoken

How to live with Social Anxiety

Living with social anxiety is hard. Today’s world is thriving with social interactions and with social media at the forefront, avoiding social interaction can be difficult. It is important to remember that humans are social by nature and NEED social interaction. Although you may think that you don’t, not talking to absolutely anyone can be bad for brain health.

There is always someone that you do feel comfortable talking to whether its immediate family, significant other, or closest friends. Engage in these conversations as much as possible as it will help you be able to speak to strangers as well.

Living with social anxiety is hurting yourself mostly. It is preventing you from experiencing life pleasures. It is preventing you from showing your truest self, which you may not know, a lot of people like. Most importantly, it prevents you from being happy because you are so refrained from showing who you are.

Social interactions are inevitable, whether through social media, going to work, class, or stepping anywhere outside of your home. Those things cannot be avoided completely, but you can learn to manage your symptoms and try to cope.

Social Anxiety and Dating

It can be hard to date when you suffer from social anxiety as the disorder stems from fear of how others’ perceive you, especially and specifically strangers. When you start to date someone, you don’t essentially know them quite well and you naturally showcase your best self in order to woo one another.

However, with social anxiety in the way, you could avoid trying to date all together because of the fear of embarrassing yourself. This leads to a lot of people being left single for very long periods in their lives and missing out on a life experience. If you continue to let social anxiety interfere with your dating life and refusing to give someone the time of day or open up, you could be left single well into later adulthood.

Social Anxiety and Relationships

Besides dating, other relationships can be affected due to social anxiety, relationships with close friends you don’t see too often anymore or perhaps family members you haven’t seen in a while. There is an added pressure to come off as a certain type of individual whenever you interact with anyone, and it can be tiring trying to pretend you are someone you are not.

When you don’t see someone often enough, no matter how close they were to you once upon a time, you put on a persona with social anxiety. There are exceptions with people who make you feel open and free to be yourself, but not always. This anxiety can ruin relationships and cause falling outs as you start to distant yourself more and more from people in your life.

Social Anxiety and Social Media

If you have social anxiety what are you afraid of? socializing. Social media requires socialization even in the comfort of your own home when your away from everybody. There’s an added pressure to have as many likes and followers as possible, as if it is one big popularity contest on who is the most sociable.

When you realize those things don’t matter in your life, that’s when you can continue to live a happier life. Social media does not have to control your life and force you to put on another persona once again, to get validation from complete strangers. Nobody has 200K friends in their life and that’s okay! It should be that way. You can be interesting to many people, and they can follow you, but that does not mean you have to interact with them all.

Social Anxiety and Finding a Job

Another important aspect social anxiety can interfere with is work. It may be difficult to do interviews as you feel you are observed and studied while you speak. This anxiety can be so bad, that it can fog up your mind where you cannot focus on the questions and formulate proper answers. You can be completely qualified, but the anxiety has now prevented you from achieving this job.

Even when you land that position, it can still take its tole on you. Avoiding coworkers and getting to know the team while isolating yourself and getting lost in your work is a prime example. Work is hard enough but this makes it harder because it makes work that much more of a drag. Coworkers are inevitable and cannot be avoided yet you still try when you have social phobia.

You may avoid customers or clients as well because of this anxiety, therefore a poor job performance can occur. Losing a job because of poor customer services and avoiding conversation can also occur.

Social Anxiety and Self Esteem 

Social anxiety ruins self-esteem. It makes you doubt yourself so much that you don’t feel worthy anymore. A real confidence killer. It gets you hiding in the background in crowds and events, it gets you discouraged to ask anyone for help anywhere you go.

Social Anxiety involves the fear of being judged by others’, therefore fearing what other people think will take its toll on your self-esteem. You are left thinking you are never good enough. Hiding from situations, opportunities, and people is what prevents break through, amazing job opportunities, dating someone totally awesome, or making friends that can be life long.

Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale

This is a scale formulated by various questions in regard to social interactions and how you feel within them. It Carefully examines your interactions to determine your level of social anxiety.

It was developed by a psychiatrist by the name of Michael Liebowitz and was formulated to assist in diagnosing social anxiety. It looks at your level of fear in given situations so that appropriate client specific coping strategies can be given. Some may have a huge fear talking to people over the phone, while another person with social anxiety may not. Their fear could be presentations instead.

If you feel like you are suffering from social anxiety and that what you are feelings is beyond shyness and simple discomfort, click HERE and take the test for yourself.

Social Anxiety Treatment and Coping

1.Take appropriate anxiety reducing measures and strategies like listed HERE: Reducing your overall anxiety levels will help alleviate social anxiety symptoms as well. Taking care of your mind and mental health can help in any fears you are holding on to.

2. Focus on positive thoughts: Refrain from thinking negatively when you have to be in a social situation. Recognize when you are having a negative thought, like somebody not liking what you have to say or your opinion, and then challenge it. Ask yourself what is the worst that can happen? Think about even if you are nervous, would that really deflect the point your trying to make? If you know your competent in the subject matter dig deep and find that confidence to say what you need to say. Remember why you are there in that moment and what positive things can come from it.

3. Make sure to be present: Focus on who it is you are talking to and not on your anxiety symptoms and anxious thoughts. Engage in the conversation and remember that they are not focusing on what you are feeling internally, its not visible to the people around you, and let it go. You are not perfect, nobody is and that is why people don’t care if you make a mistake with a word or slip up. It’s your confidence that captures people. Practice that mindfulness.

4. Do what scares you: If social interactions scare you, partake in them. I know it sounds easier said then done, but you can always start small. Interact with the people you are closest with and have a meaningful interaction, then start 1 or 2 people at a time. Maybe there are some coworkers that you feel you get along with. Chat them up and see where the conversation is taking you. The more you put yourself out there, the more you see that it’s not as bad as you made it out to be. Find common interests that can spark conversation and be patient with yourself.

5. Engage in social activities: Perhaps joining a fitness group such as the ones offered in many gyms would help as you work with others’ on a common goal. Join a dance group, sign up for a course, join a particular community with common interest. This will help you engage in more conversation which would become easier over time as it forces you to be with other people but at the same time makes it fun for you. It is an activity you like after all.

6. Always Remember: Many people are suffering from social anxiety and with the rise in social media, more and more social phobias are evident. You are not alone. While you are nervous to speak to someone, remember that they may be feeling just like you in that moment and that it’s okay. Your feelings are valid. You are not the only person that feels those things and everyone has their struggles and insecurities, no matter how confident they appear. Keep this in mind when engaging with others’ to relieve some of your stress.

7. Therapy: Cognitive Behavioural Thearpy is a great form of therapy to help you face your fears by getting to the root of the problem. The therapist would then work with you to switch your thinking to more positive experiences and deminimize the fears that you are holding on to. A therapist can guide you in the most appropriate form of therapy to you for your social anxiety.

8. Gather Resources: Involve yourself in information that will give you insight into social anxiety disorder and anxiety and mental health overall. Read books on the matter, search websites that give you insight, try products and services that will help you heal, and follow accounts on social media that understand the depth of the disorder. This helps to support in a way where it feels as though you are not alone in your feelings and there are others’ just like you. It’s like a virtual support group your making for yourself and on your time.

Social Anxiety Support

Support is possible and great things can occur once you learn to let go. As debilitating as this disorder is, there are ways to overcome it with time. From tricks, services, therapies, products, lessons, education and support groups, the resources for healing are endless. It is up to you to take a step in the direction of change, change for the better.

Nobody can do it for you but you. It is up to you to take the next step so that you don’t live a life of worry and stress. Loved ones can encourage you to change and get help but, it is entirely up to you to decide what you want your future to look and feel like.

Do you have any further tricks to help cope with anxiety? Let me know in the comments below.

Revive Naturals CBD Hemp oil review – your anxiety solution

Product: Revive Naturals CBD oil

Price: $59.99

Cheapest place to buy: Amazon.com

Size: 1 OZ/ 30 ML

Form: Oil

The Revive Naturals CBD + Hemp oil Overview

A pruduct created naturally with the intent to keep stress and anxiety symtoms at the forefront. Vegan, Kosher, Halal, and completely natural, it is safe to use for anyone with any type of food or religious restrictions. It comes in a 750 mg dose which averages to 25 mg per drop taken. Best used under the tongue (sublingual) for best absorption of the product and fastest results. It is flavoured cinnamon pepermint. 1-2 drops really should be sufficient enough for effectiveness. The product uses the full cannabis plant which is not something many companies making this product do. No THC is in the product however so there is no, I reapeat NO, way of getting high off this product. You will stay alert, awake and focused. By using the full plant you do get CBD from this product as well, it is just not listed as a CBD oil but rather a hemp oil in order for legal purposes in selling and promotion. However, full plant use must contain CBD.

Benefits

For anyone suffering from stress and anxiety this product works beautifully. It does not interact with any other medications and or products as it is organic, raw, and natural from the earth. It aids in reducing stress and anxiety on a day to day bases and helps to improve symtoms associated with anxiety such as sleep problems, insomnia, racing heart, pain, muscle stiffness, and irritability.

For anyone looking for a completly natural method and product to relieve anxiety instead of medications, this is an excellent alternative and one that I personally use myself. There are no interactions with other products and medications if you are taking them and is quite a concentrated dose that you dont need to use alot for best results. sublingual works best as it is the fast absorption in comparison to taking it orally. There is many benefits and no side effects so there is no harm is taking it or even trying it.

Negatives

Price!! Now 59.99 seems a bit pricey for only 30 ML of a product but in all honesty, it is quite compariable to what is out in the market for much less product and dose that you are getting. I have seen similiar products sold on sehelves in stores that are selling for around 90 dollars. I have not come across any other product so far that utilizees the full plant rather than just one part, meaning stem, leaf, seeds and all. This actually gives you more bang for your buck because it makes the product more concentrated and therefore you dont need to use as much. You can find a cheaper alternative but you will need to use more for the same effect, which in turn, you actually are spending more money in the end for the cheaper product.

The taste says cinnamon pepermint but does not really taste like it in my opinion. The taste of hemp or CBD is not bad but it is a little bland. You can taste the bland taste through the flavouring but like mentioned, it’s not a bad taste and is quite do-able. It is not like taking buckley’s cough syrup that is for sure. However, because is a 25 mg per serving which is only 1-2 drops given your overall size, it’s not alot that you are taking in for the taste to linger.

 

Overall Impression

There are many benefits for stress and anxiety relief as well as other health benefits. Works great for anxiety relief, promotes sleep, reduces headaches, inflammation, pain, seizures, asthma symtoms, muscle tension, PMS and cramps, arthritis and joint pain, improves recovery post exercise, heart health, energy levels, skin and hair. There are so many health benefits with this product and realistically no side effects, it is a herb like any other and therefore a natural solution.

Seems pricey but a better quality product than what I have bought in town and through amazon it can be purchased online and delievered to you if you are skeptical to buy in store. Some people still view cannabis products as drugs or “bad.” You really are getting your money’s worth if you are suffering from anxiety, stress, depression and pain as those feelings can really be debilitating to your daily life and function.

This prodcut needs time to start working (roughly 1 week) when taken regularly, once or twice a day. Personally, once a day is good enough in my opinion for me, but you can see for youself and test it out. Therefore it is not to be used for immediate anxiety relief such as in anxiety or panic attack. However, if used regularily it can prevent these things from occuring in the first place.

I love a good natural solution to mental health and just health issues overall. Mental health is so important to your overall happiness and life satisfaction and should always be taken seriously. Even if you feel you are not suffering from anxiety, we all have stress from our daily lives and this helps alleviate that stress and promotes better overall health.

If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to discuss below. Hope this review was of help to those seeking anxiety relief methods.

If  you are looking for the product or looking to try CBD for anxiety relief, click HERE.

Panic Attack – The nitty gritty

Panic attacks are scary and can make you feel like you are dying or having a heart attack. They feel like it is the end of the world for you and often present themselves as more life threatening than they actually are.

Although scary, they are not a life or death situation and there are methods for coping when experiencing a panic attack. Let’s look at understanding a panic attack is and then focus on how to cope with one.

Panic Attack Definition

A panic attack in essence is an extreme momentarily fear that brings about physical symptoms. This intense fear makes you feel like you are about to die and that something bad is happening to you, perhaps you have never felt anything like this before and if so, it can be quite scary.

Overall, it is extreme fear, worry, anxiety and panic combined together in its most intense form. The feeling can last from 5 minutes to even 25 minutes depending on how you manage to cope. It can be triggered from the same triggers causing your anxiety or, it can be situational if your the type of person that does not know how to manage their emotions. Such examples include a major argument with a spouse or loved one.

It can also be triggered when overall anxiety is not very well managed. These panic attacks tend to appear as though they are “out of the blue.” You can be sitting comfortably and not worrying about anything in particular but the anxiety that you have been suppressing stays in your subconscious mind. That same anxiety can come out when you least expect it in the form of a panic attack.

With fear the ‘flight or fight’ response is triggered in order to protect you from what your mind and anxiety is perceiving as a dangerous situation. These signs and symptoms will be discussed further in the article but they are the shortness of breath, shaking, tingling limbs feeling that you are experiencing.

Difference between anxiety and panic attacks

The context of both anxiety and panic attack are more or less the same. Such as extreme worry is the leading cause of anxiety, persistent and extreme anxiety is the leading cause of a panic attack. When anxiety is not managed, it can lead to physical changes in the body like increased heart rate and shortness of breath that essentially make up the components of a panic attack. Therefore, a panic attack is anxiety in its most extreme state.

One can also have an anxiety attack. An anxiety attack differs from a panic attack. It is increased anxiety in a given moment that is triggered by a stressful factor. A panic attack can happen out of nowhere without any triggers. The anxiety attack symptoms are far milder in nature than a panic attack as they exhibit as extreme stress and, may or may not, follow with physical symptoms such as increased heart rate. Panic attacks are more physical in symptoms and are associated with extreme panic. Causes of anxiety and panic attacks can be rooted to the same triggers manifesting the anxiety in the first place. Chronic uncontrolled stress response.

 

Signs of Panic Attack

  1. Extreme fear, end of the world, my life is over, impeding doom fear
  2. Racing thoughts that you are dying or having a heart attack or stroke
  3. Heavy tightness in the chest
  4. Shortness of breath and difficulty catching your breath
  5. Panting, increased respiratory rate
  6. Numbness and tingling in hands, legs, or face
  7. Dizziness and faintness
  8. Blurred vision
  9. Headache or migraine
  10. Sweating profusely
  11. Sudden extreme heat wave or chill
  12. Shaking and tremor
  13. Feeling of lump in throat or inability to swallow
  14. Inability to speak/stutter
  15. Intense outburst of fear, emotion, crying
  16. Increased heart rate
  17. Increased Confusion and disconnection from your body and surroundings
  18. Nausea

Help for Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Coping mechanisms when a panic attack is about to occur or has already started include…

  1. Remember that you are experiencing this panic attack due to your anxiety and that you are safe, it will pass, and you will survive
  2. Stay grounded, focus on things that bring you joy
  3. Be present, look around and focus on things that you can see, feel, and touch
  4. Repeat a calming mantra
  5. Hug your loved one for a while and embrace the love
  6. Focus on breathing, take slow, deep, pursed lip breaths to increase oxygen levels and decrease carbon dioxide levels from panting
  7. Take appropriate prescribed medication if ordered for you such as Ativan
  8. Take natural anxiety relievers like Valerian root, chamomile tea, licorice root and CBD oil
  9. Talk to your loved one in order to refocus from negative thought
  10. Picture your happy place, close your eyes and envision a happy calm environment for you
  11. Inhale relaxing smells such as lavender, eucalyptus, or pine
  12. Give it time, know that the attack will pass in about 10 min time and that you have to be patient

Herbal remedies for Panic Attacks

 

Herbal remedies for anxiety and panic attacks include…

  1. Chamomile: Calming herb used in tea and helps aid sleep and relaxation
  2. Licorice root: Can aid in stomach discomfort caused by anxiety symptoms
  3. St. john’s wort: Herb improving mood and decreasing depression
  4. CBD (cannabidiol): As an oil, very effective stress, anxiety, and pain reliever
  5. Ginseng: Antioxidant that increases brain function such as mood, memory, and increases energy levels
  6. Ashwagandha: Reduces cortisol levels (stress hormone) and decrease stress, anxiety, and depression
  7. Schisandra: Potent general tonic that decreases stress hormones and fatigue
  8. Holy basil: Helps lower stress, anxiety and inflammation to the body
  9. Rhodiola: flowering plant that helps reduce stress levels
  10. Skullcap: Herb used for anxiety and insomnia
  11. Valerian: Herb that can help reduce anxiety and promote sleep
  12. Motherwort: Excellent for the heart and racing heart as well as heart issues due to anxiety
  13. Lemon balm: Herb that helps ease anxiety, reduce stress and anxiety, and boost cognitive function
  14. B complex vitamins: Water-soluble vitamins and are linked to improved mood
  15. Magnesium glycinate: Regulation of stress response, people don’t generally consume enough through diet
  16. Melatonin: Natural hormone in the body that can be used to aid sleep and therefore promote relaxation
  17. Theanine: Amino acid found in certain plants used for anxiety and lowering blood pressure

Overall

Anxiety and panic attacks can be scary. It is never easy no matter how many you experience and never feel good. However, one thing to remember is that they do pass in a relatively short period. Many things can trigger it, or sometimes just the uncontrolled anxiety itself can be the trigger. Either way, there are strategies to help stop the attack and remedies to help relieve anxiety and panic attacks for the future.

 

There are proven methods from natural resources as long as you are open-minded to experiment for the sake of your own health. These remedies are natural and can be taken daily with no harsh side effects if this is a preferred method over prescribed medications for you.

Further information and guidance for panic attacks can be explored HERE.

10 Coping skills for Anxiety – effective methods for positive results


Coping with anxiety can be difficult, time-consuming, and draining. Such a complex disorder would require complex coping techniques. Although people can have a set of coping mechanism that work best for them, it is important to understand that there are infinite amounts of tools to assist coping.

Dealing with anxiety whether mild or severe, requires vast variety of approaches for effective results. Even though the list of coping skills may far exceed 10, a condensed list of 10 coping skills for anxiety is a good reference when needing to utilize the most effective techniques. Content from a big list can easily be forgotten as all the information may be overwhelming. So we are breaking down the best tools for dealing with anxiety, detailed yet simplified.

Coping Skills

  1. Exercise/Fitness
  2. Avoid Triggers
  3. Organize yourself
  4. Get grounded
  5. Partake in enjoyable hobbies/activities
  6. Talk to someone
  7. Focus on what you can control
  8. Eat healthy
  9. Get outside
  10. Seek help

Coping Skills breakdown

1. Exercise/Fitness

It is known that exercise yields many beneficial results. Physical activity can aid in numerous physical, emotional, and psychological triumphs. Regular daily exercise can demonstrate tremendous results from looking good, decreasing risk of disease, gaining strength and endurance, happier life and overall mood.

The reason behind exercise boosting mood comes down to science. Physical activity that increases the heart rate utilizes stored fats, sugars, and calories that may be bringing you anxiety and lowering mood. They are used as energy in order to get you through workouts and, they are what sustain a body function. Overindulgence of these components thus can have poor outcomes as well such as depress, irritability, anxiety and lack of focus. After all, there is a reason people say you are what you eat.

Physical activity also relieves anxiety symptoms by naturally releasing endorphins, hormones that help alleviate pain and stress. Regular exercise would increase these feel good hormones and naturally give you a boost. Regular and consistent exercise can be as effective as medication if anxiety is managed early on. This is what pushes most people that are really into fitness to continue working out, it just makes them feel good.

 

2. Avoid triggers

Explore the things that are making you anxious. Are these things temporary like an important test coming up? or has it been reoccurring and long term? could it be simple triggers like coffee or too much sugar? Lack of rest and sleep? take a moment to sit down and think about what is the root of the anxiety. There is always a root cause resulting in our mood.

When triggers are identified, seek ways to help reduce them. Jot down things that will help you avoid triggers. If it is something as simple as too much coffee, maybe it’s time to cut down? If the triggers are more complex and cannot be avoided, think about what you can do to reduce their effects. If the same methods for dealing with these triggers has not worked thus far, it may be time to formulate a new tactic.

 

3. Organize yourself

much of the anxiety you are feeling can be controlled and decreased with organization. When dealing with a tough situation, it is the idea of not knowing what steps to take next, or what the results may be, that brings about anxiety. That anxiety can make us feel lost and uncertain of ourselves. It can also make us handle the anxiety with poor coping mechanisms such as procrastination. The goal with procrastination is to avoid the unpleasant feeling, situation, and task that is now in front of us. However, life is not only about fun and games, unpleasant situations happen as life goes on.

When there is a situation causing anxiety, organizing yourself can put you on the right track. When faced with the problem, sit down and make a daily plan and schedule. Sometimes the problem cannot be handled overnight and would need time. See what you can do every day to reach the goal you set out for yourself. When there is a plan in place, your mind is then set out to follow this plan and resolve the issue. Rather than being scattered with negative thoughts and what-if case scenarios, organize your daily tasks.

 

4. Get grounded

Be mindful of your anxiety and your feelings. Accept your feelings and validate them but, don’t dwell in that anxious state of mind. Understand that the anxiety is there and what has triggered it and what is continuing it. Realize that you cannot ignore it, it is there and it is affecting you in some way or another. Do not try to just ignore it in hopes that it will go away on its own.

Once you accept it for what it is, only then can you focus on grounding. Refocus your mind on the good. Grounding is a tool to help positive thoughts back into your mind. When grounding, you look at the factors that are working for you and are going well. It is being in the absolute present and appreciating the small things in life that you are forgetting when you worry. The things you can see, touch, feel, taste, and smell that give you a good sensation and make you feel happy. Maybe seeing your dog and observing his happy little face, and petting his soft coat, can bring positive affirmations to get you through the day.

 

5. Partake in enjoyable hobbies/activities

Do what feeds your soul. Taking time to do activities that make us happy and relaxed will help the brain stay focused and healthy. It cannot be all work and no play right? Sometimes your brain needs an off switch and having some fun with activities you are comfortable with and don’t have to use too much brain power could be just the solution.

How much can you sit there and think about negative thoughts? Consistent worry will just put you in a downward spiral. Take a break and have some fun. It can even open up your mind and give you a break through when you least expect it. Sometimes trying to come up with solutions when you’re constantly thinking about it will leave you stuck and not progressing. Even when your in school and studying you need to take breaks in order to refocus. Activities don’t necessarily have to be ones that you know how to do. Sometimes it’s fun to try something new that you have been interested in and can challenge you.

 

6. Talk to someone

Whether about your feelings or just to talk, make plans with people who uplift you. Humans are social by nature and thrive in good relationships and human contact. It was inevitable for social media to eventually grow to the point that it did as people crave interactions and connection more and more.

Talking to someone helps you see different perspectives and makes you feel cared for. It helps to know someone is genuinely concerned for your well-being. Catching up with family and friends can get you thinking about other things besides the things that are stressing you out. Engaging conversations can get your mind thinking, and sharing a few laughs is always good. Laughter is the best medicine after all.

 

7. Focus on what you can control

Focus on those things that you can control and, appreciate the positive things you have going on in your life at the moment. Even when it feels like nothing is right and everything is terrible, remember you are alive and breathing, you have lived to see another day and you survived. If you can pass through some of the toughest situations in your life thus far, who is to say you cannot handle another one.

Formulate an effective plan to overcome barriers. You simply need to focus one thing at a time. It might be hard with anxiety as you could have so many questions and negative thoughts racing around in you head, but taking it one step at a time would give you better results. If lack of money and debt is causing so much anxiety, know that debt takes time to overcome. Therefore, you must see what you can do to help the situation instead. Could you get overtime hours? perhaps work on one debt, one with most interest before tackling another. Solutions appear when you buckle down and focus.

 

8. Eat Healthy

It may sound crazy to think of eating healthy as a coping skill for anxiety but it is very much helpful. Just like with exercise where it is scientifically proven that exercise reduces stress and anxiety, so is a good diet. Certain foods can trigger anxiety and or worsen it. Coffee and caffeine in general is a common daily beverage that is drank by many, but also increases heart rate. It can give you similar symptoms of anxiety such as tremors and palpitations, as its main purpose is to increase alertness and boost energy. Sugar increases energy as well temporarily and increases dopamine when consumed however, overdoing it can bring about uneasy feelings and bring your mood completely down once the sugar high has surpassed.

Like wise, there are many good healthy and nutritious foods and supplements that can be taken that help reduce anxiety. A popular one for example is chamomile tea, It is known that chamomile helps you to relax. Perhaps your anxiety is increased due to lack of important nutrients. Low b complex vitamin levels for instance can bring about irritability and anxiety. Going to your family doctor and getting regular check ups and blood work taken is important. Sometimes balancing out your vitamins and minerals can do just the trick.

 

9. Get outside

Being outside and one with nature is one of the greatest feelings in life. There is so much joy to human kind in the simple things like beautiful flowers and lush greenery. Warm breeze and sun rays along with crisp air. Connecting with mother nature simplifies things and puts thoughts into perspective. It gives us something productive to do rather than mope and stress and it doesn’t have to cost you a dime.

With so much technology constantly in your face as you sit at home watching TV, online videos, scroll through your social media, there is ongoing time-wasting and information overload. Your mind needs a break and some simplicity in it as well. Because your mind does not have an off switch, getting out in nature helps ease your mind from too many thoughts and is one of the closest things to an off switch if it existed. This also helps you practice mindfulness and grounding.

 

10. Seek help

If all else fails and natural ways to deal with anxiety are not working in your favor, professional help is always available. There is no judgment when seeking professional help from a therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist. These are professionals dedicated to helping people in a time of need and are not there to judge.

Professional help can guide you in more effective methods and practices as well as medication treatments if need be. It is not always about medication with a professional, they have a good background and understand about the human mind and can do many therapies with you such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for instance.

Coping is possible

Coping is possible and recovery is possible. you are never a lost cause, you just haven’t found your solutions yet to help you cope, and an appropriate skill set to help manage your anxiety. At times, it’s the doubt that a method would work or, that there really are solutions that work to help us over come anxiety, that prevents us from coping.


Sometimes its easier to continue to just live with our worries and fears because we don’t want other people to know we might be suffering. Accepting faults and taking the step to change is always hard. Sometimes, it is too painful and/or unpleasant to tackle the problem and the only solution you can think of is avoiding the problem all together.

However, the problem eventually grows with every worry and negative thought you feed it. At some point enough becomes enough. When that time comes, that is when you will evidently look for solutions and coping skills such as these listed.

Stress and Anxiety – What’s the difference?

Although it’s hard to describe the sensation when under stress, it is a feeling that naturally all people feel throughout life. Certain circumstances create stress triggers. Triggers are therefore specific to each individual scenario, but some common stress triggers such as death and sickness are present with everyone. Stress is a natural bodily response activated by release of chemicals in the body that quickly boost energy and awareness in times of perceived danger.

Where stress and anxiety intertwine is where problems tend to occur. When stress is not managed overtime, mental health conditions like anxiety can develop. It is important to understand stress and anxiety, as well as find relief for these experiences. It is important to understand these concepts as stress is the leading cause of anxiety disorder.

Stress – What is it?

Stress is a discomfort that is brought upon by individual situations. Each person experiences stress in different ways much like anxiety. Certain stressful situations to you may not be stressful to another person. Stress is your body’s natural response to danger and threat. It is a feeling and not an actual diagnoses such as an anxiety disorder. When prolonged it can ultimately lead to different mental and physical diagnoses. It is when a person feels pressure or strain from a particular situation, thing, event, person, and situation.

Stress normally is short term. It lasts to get you through that upcoming exam or, run away from that bully, and then is relieved once the stressor is removed from the immediate situation. Stress can be either positive or negative. When it is positive, it helps you get through difficult situations. If you had a presentation that was coming up and it was important to you, that stress would help you focus and work toward perfecting and completing your presentation.

If stress is negative, it often presents itself in ways that are negatively effecting you. Such examples include losing sleep, inability to concentrate, and uncontrolled crying. These negative effects of stress interfere with daily tasks and functioning. It is with this negative component of stress that mental health disorders such as anxiety develop.

Stress and Anxiety – Understanding the relationship

As mentioned, stress is a short term reaction to perceived danger. Anxiety on the other hand is longer term. It can be confusing to differentiate them as from the outside they appear very similar. Having anxiety is feeling stressed constantly. However, anxiety is a disorder, it is what occurs due to unresolved continuous stress. It does not stop when the event or situation that one is worried about passes, it continues. It happens at times when you may not be expecting and out of the blue. you may not understand why, but that is essentially why it is considered a mental health disorder.

Anxiety disorder is the worry that persists for 6 months and more. Stress, much like depression, goes hand in hand with anxiety. When you feel anxiety your mind and body are under stress. When you continue to persistently worry and overthink a particular situation, it is that component that is creating the anxiety and giving it a reason to exist. You can have anxiety, become stressed about something, and once that situation is dealt with, the stress and anticipation of the outcomes eventually fade into existence. If this specific stressful situation continues to the point of interfering with daily life, anxiety will develop.

Symptoms of Stress and Anxiety

Much of the symptoms of stress are the same for anxiety. The difference is that these symptoms resume when anxiety is developed. These symptoms interfere with your happiness and satisfaction in life as they become a daily occurrence.

We are in charge of our feelings. If we do not find a means to control these negative emotions from stress and find means to relieve it, anxiety will develop and take control of our lives.

 

Psychological signs and symptoms of stress and anxiety include…

  1. Restlessness
  2. Continuous worry
  3. Fatigue
  4. Irritable mood
  5. Insomnia and difficulty with sleep
  6. Memory issues
  7. Overthinking
  8. Confusion or lack of concentration

Physical symptoms of stress and anxiety include…

  1. Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing
  2. Headaches or migraines
  3. Stomach aches and pains
  4. Heaviness and tightness of the chest
  5. Impaired functioning
  6. Muscle tension
  7. Lack of interest in sex or desire
  8. Possible stammering speech

If the signs and symptoms of stress are ignored and you think they will just go away on their own, you are mistaken. Alot of self reflection into your own feelings and coping is required. Although stress is natural, you have to learn to manage it and learn to be strong through difficult situations in order to preserve a healthy mindstate. A mindstate free of illness and disease.

How to relieve Stress and Anxiety

Relief of stress and anxiety is very likely. If you understand that stress and anxiety are posing a problem in your life, then you can incorporate diverse methods to help you cope with these unpleasant emotions. Some relief methods are quick and some require more effort. Although many coping mechanisms exist, they too are individual and one that might work for you may not work for someone else. Regardless, it is important to be aware of them and attempt to utilize as many as possible in order to relieve stress and anxiety

Immediate stress and anxiety coping mechanisms:

Breathing Exercises; Relaxation breathing such as deep and slow breaths, in and out while closing your eyes, can increase oxygen to the brain and cells and relieve tension quickly. This can be continued for 10 breaths and then again 15 minutes later if stress is extreme or hourly if the stress is more mild.

Staying Mindful; Disconnect from the internet, social media, and television and take a moment to be present. Sit outside and let your body feel the breeze and the sunrays. Enjoy a cup of tea and embark on the flavours and let your senses guide you.

Music; Music is an effective stress and anxiety reliever used for many years. Turn on your favorite songs that bring you joy and happiness and put you in a good place, then emerce yourself in those songs and sounds.

Meditate; Take 10 minutes to connect with your inner consciousness where you turn off your mind from your waking thoughts and worries. It is a particular technique to keep the mind clear and be one with yourself, so that you are not thinking of anything in that time. In return, complete relaxation occurs.

Identify stressors: Identify what is causing you stress and formulate a plan to deal with it. See what you can change and what you can do to overcome the stressful situation with a feasible plan.

Take a bath; A nice hot bath can help pull the pressure from your mind and out the body. It helps relax the muscles from tension and gives a sense of relief.

Stress and anxiety coping mechanisms with effort and time:

Exercise; Get a good sweat session. Get the heart rate up with some weight training and/or cardiovascular exercises. Exercise is an effective way of increasing feel good hormones such as dopamine and serotonin that promote relaxation and happiness.

Take a walk; go for a walk for 20-30 minute minimum, preferably surrounded by nature. Lush greenery helps boosts mood and relax the mind while the walk helps increase heart rate and release those feel good hormones again. Walking helps the body concentrate on the movement while the visuals on your walk can distract your mind of stressful thoughts. Even a 10-minute walk around the block demonstrates positive outcomes.

Creativity; Get in touch with your creative side. Dive into enjoyable activities such as coloring books, poems, song writing, painting, drawing, making a collage, and creating art. Creativity helps to refocus the mind from stressful thoughts to more relaxing thoughts.

Vacation time; Take a quick trip or a vacation somewhere. Going to a foreign destination or a different surrounding can help you relax and break free from daily routine and things that can remind you of your stressful situation.

Organization; Getting yourself organized and implementing appropriate time management will help you feel more in control of the stressful situation.

Talk it out; Talking to loved ones and close friends whether in relation to the stressor or just to chit chat, helps you get out of your mind and negative thoughts. Socialization makes you feel heard, understood, and supported.

Therapy and/or professional help; Seek help from a professional if the stress is too overwhelming and unbearable. Talking it out with a professional can give you better insight and perspective to overcome any obstacles.

 

Final thought

As you can see, stress and anxiety are very similar. Stress lasts for a shorter period and subsides when the stressor is removed from the equation, while anxiety is an actual disorder built from prolonged stress. The feelings associated with anxiety are the same feelings experienced during stress, except they do not necessarily go away when the stressor is removed. The symptoms with anxiety can continue and reappear in odd times when least expected.

Signs and symptoms are the same for both anxiety and stress. Stress and anxiety can create negative outcomes. Although healthy doses of stress can result in positive outcomes in order to achieve goals and accomplish tasks, prolonged stress can have negative outcomes that are both psychological and physical.

There is relief for feelings of stress and anxiety in which symptoms can be elevated. There are immediate stress relaxation techniques and techniques that take a little more time and effort to do and practice. However, all the techniques used interchangeably as needed can help to achieve overall stress release.

Anxiety and Signs and Symptoms – Recognizing the manifestation

Signs of anxiety symptoms are numerous. Some may be experienced by an individual and not necessarily experienced by another. However, the list of symptoms can be extensive.

Getting a comprehensive look at all possible signs and high anxiety symptoms will give you a better understanding of what you are experiencing in your mind and body. This will demonstrate a clear idea of the effects of anxiety on your mind, body, relationships, and life in general.

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Anxiety Symptoms and Signs

  1. Irritability
  2. Racing heart (palpitations)
  3. Dizziness
  4. Blurry vision
  5. Stomach pains or discomfort
  6. Nausea that may of may not lead to vomiting
  7. Chest tightness or heavy feeling in chest
  8. Constant headaches or migraines that may be daily
  9. Feeling hot even when it is not that hot (hot flashes)
  10. Excessive perspiration
  11. Sudden periods of shortness of breath (SOB)
  12. Insomnia or continuously waking up through the night
  13. Daily exhaustion
  14. Shaking, tremors, leg shaking
  15. Startled or jumpy
  16. Eating either too much or too little
  17. Constant worry
  18. Too much Social Media and TV (spending most of your day engaged in these activities)
  19. Criticizing your every move or decision
  20. Afraid to speak up/ask questions
  21. Thinking everyone is looking at you funny and judging you
  22. Perfectionism and people-pleasing
  23. Worrying about every word, phrase, saying coming out of your mouth when interacting with people
  24. Annoyed by little things and people
  25. Skin break outs
  26. Eczema
  27. In need to be in full control of people, events, tasks etc.
  28. Avoiding people, places, events, activities
  29. Difficulty concentrating, staying focused, paying attention
  30. Over-planning everything
  31. Random bursts of crying and/or difficulty controlling emotions
  32. Defensiveness and challenging or argumentative behavior
  33. Memory problems
  34. Procrastination
  35. Lack of patience
  36. Panic/anxiety attacks
  37. Overthinking
  38. Needing constant reassurance
  39. Numbness and tingling in hands, feet or face
  40. Pacing
  41. Silence
  42. Zoning out
  43. Nit picking and obsessing
  44. Constant what-if scenario plays
  45. Increased need for urination
  46. Fast pace walking
  47. Wearing a jacket when its warm outside because you feel “exposed”
  48. Uneasy feeling in a new place or environment
  49. Avoiding interactions with people
  50. Being a home body and not wanting to leave the house
  51. Biting or picking at nails, skin, lips when anxious
  52. Lightheartedness in anxious situations
  53. Feeling a lump in throat/sudden swallowing difficulty
  54. Random jelly legs or restless legs
  55. Verbal stammering or stuttering
  56. Forgetting words or what you were talking about
  57. Constantly apologizing for everything
  58. Blushing or facial flushing
  59. Confusion and disconnection
  60. Out of body experience
  61. Muscle tension especially around neck and shoulders
  62. Feel like passing out or fainting
  63. Strong feeling of impeding doom
  64. Issues with coordination and clumsiness
  65. Cold chills
  66. Falling asleep during the day/passing out
  67. Frequent naps
  68. Sexual disinterest
  69. lack of interest in daily tasks
  70. Restless
  71. Impaired functioning

Understanding the signs

High anxiety symptoms are numerous. There are many small factors that we have adopted in our daily lives that we may not think are a sign of anxiety. Sometimes these generalized anxiety symptoms are so embedded into our everyday lives that we don’t even realize that were using them as coping mechanisms.

Even if one cannot explain what anxiety and understand their feelings, somehow they know they feel it, they feel it in their core. Symptoms of anxiety continue to be uncovered even today. Anxiety is experienced individually therefore the degree at which you feel symptoms may be higher than some and lower for others.

If you are a high functioning individual, your anxiety may manifest as overly organized and over planner, crossing all your t’s and dotting all your i’s. In that sense, family and friends may not think you are manifesting anxiety or even that you’re lying for that matter. This is not the case however, as a high functioning individual your symptoms may be more hidden and clouded by high performance characteristics like perfectionism. Only you can be the judge of your feelings.

 

Track how you feel

Track how you feel and what makes you more anxious in order for healing to occur. Observe the factors that bring about your anxiety and, when you demonstrate these signs and symptoms the most. These anxiety symptoms and signs don’t necessarily happen every day or on the same level or degree every day.

Experiencing these symptoms after a tragic incidence is perfectly normal. If you had an immediate death in the family for instance and its bringing about anxiety, allow yourself to grieve. Quick relief solutions for these cases are not possible. If anxiety continues daily and begins to interfere with your life, that’s when it has turned problematic.

When anxiety begins to ultimately make your decisions for you on steps you want to take, people to talk to, and life events, that is when you should say enough is enough. When it is interfering with your daily tasks, that is when it needs to be handled with appropriate care. It is important to recognize symptoms and avoid these feelings whenever possible and practice good mental health habits daily regardless. Even if you feel like you are not anxious or have anxiety, taking the time to practice calming effects and positive reinforcement is always beneficial to the mind and for coping.

 

Remember

You are not the only one experiencing this dreaded feeling. You are not the only one suffering in silence. With appropriate action in healing and recovery, anything is possible. Acceptance and recognition are just the first steps.

Seeing the signs of anxiety symptoms will encourage you to dig deep inside and reflect on your feelings. It can guide you into understanding what you are experiencing in order to create the right moves to overcome these hurdles. Overcoming these hurdles can only result in positive outcome, one where fear and worry are not holding you back from pursuing you goals in life.

Listen to what your body is telling you and the signals it is giving. These momentarily harmless signs and symptoms as they appear can lead to further health concerns and disease when left untreated. Take control.

 

What is the definition of anxiety? – Understanding anxiety and worry

What is anxiety and worry?


Anxiety essentially is worry kicked up a notch. Anxiety has 3 components which include physical, psychological and emotional. Worry falls under the psychological/cognitive aspect, therefore it is a fraction of what anxiety truly is overall.

Anxiety in its entirety is the anxious and nervous feeling one feels about events of the immediate future, and sometimes with past events/triggers. So when asking yourself “What is the definition of anxiety?” the definition of anxiety can be complex.

It is a form of mental disorder that is characterized by excessive worry, which overtime, turns to physical symptoms. It is the feeling of impending doom in the pit of your stomach and a feeling that sometimes you cannot describe or understand, but feel regardless.

Psychological/cognitive aspect of anxiety

Anxiety in most cases is the worry of future events and things that have not happened yet. It the worrying about “what am I going to do with my life?” “Is this really the person I want to spend the rest of my life with?” “What if I fail my exam next week?” “what are people going to think if I mess up that presentation?” just to name a few examples.

It is human nature to want to know what will affect their lives and their life course. We as people want to know our life direction in order to avoid problems and debilitating results from making a possibly wrong decision. That worry is what is keeping us in our minds and making us believe things and/or thoughts that may not be true.

Anxiety enables a person to fear every forthcoming day in their lives thinking about what is going to happen. It is the negative thought followed by physical responses by our bodies, and then the action we take to escape this negative feeling.

Physical component of anxiety

This worrisome feeling alters how a person may react, feel, and how their body reacts. Definition of anxiety on a physical aspect is essentially physical changes. Physical changes are prominent in long term anxiety. Physical aspects of anxiety tend to show after the psychological. It is that worry and those negative thoughts that initiates the anxiety, leading to physical symptoms.

Feeling nervous and anxious at times is a normal reaction from our brain, in order to initiate what is called a flight or fight response. It is what pushes us to react in a time of danger or emergency. It is what helps us to jump in when we see someone chocking, and help them dislodge the food that is stuck and preventing them from breathing.

That adrenaline rush however lasts a short period and eventually goes away. Anxiety is that feeling on a constant daily basis that it is interfering with one’s lives and daily tasks. This is the part of dealing with anxiety in which friends and family may notice as well such as sweating or irritability for instance.

Emotional side of anxiety

what is the definition of anxiety on an emotional aspect? It is the expressions along with the feelings one may have and show from living with anxiety. It can bring about emotions perceived as nice by everyone but yourself, such as being a perfectionist.

Perfectionst may be looked at as hardworking or a people-pleaser. These emotions however, internally do not feel so nice. From the more pleasant emotions as perceived from an outsider perspective, anxiety can also jump to the other side of the spectrum and bring out negative emotions such as sadness and anger.

Although anxiety is more so worry of future events, it is very much tied to depression as both tend to go hand in hand with one another. Because anxiety can lead to the emotion that is sadness, that’s where depression could creep in as well.

Depression is a feeling of sadness, emptiness, and lack of interest in daily life based on past life events. Perhaps a family member has died and that person grieved, but now cannot go on in their lives and have lost motivation for simple daily tasks such as bathing and cooking. Sadness resulting in a depressive state is a normal bodily response that tends to last less than 2 weeks. When depression is continuous and becomes chronic, then it becomes a problem.

Sometimes people can go from anxiety to depression and vice versa day to day, month to month, year to year. Although depression is developed from experiences, anxiety can be triggered from experiences as well. Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) is a past life event that triggers feelings of anxiety when discussed in present and future, as it brings upon those native feelings experienced at that given time.

If you are a war survivor, loud noises may trigger feelings of unease and worry years later in your life. If you are a rape survivor, coming close a male presence may trigger feelings of anxiety for years to come. Anxiety has many triggers that vary person to person.

What is anxiety caused from? – A list of triggers

Understanding what is anxiety and what causes may be complicated. Individual factors combined with your own response to triggers, are what lead to anxiety. People may experience the same events but have different psychological responses to them that result in varying degrees of worry. Some common causes include…

  1. Excessive worry
  2. Excessive stress
  3. Life events
  4. Uncertainty for the future
  5. Lack of confidence
  6. Death/injury/sickness
  7. Strong emotional ties to person or object
  8. Changes in life
  9. Judgments by other people
  10. Failure
  11. Danger or threat
  12. Past negative experiences
  13. Excessive fear of the future and unknown
  14. Opinions of family/friend/society
  15. Fear of running out of time in life
  16. Uneasy relationships with friends, spouse, coworkers etc.
  17. Aging and accepting death
  18. Planning your lives and it not go according to your plan
  19. Expectations
  20. Doing too much, overwhelmed
  21. Unhappiness based on life decisions

Anxiety overall

All in all, constant anxiety is a terrible feeling. It’s a feeling nobody wants to deal with regularly and not a way anyone wants to live their life. It is a feeling composed of physical, cognitive, and emotional aspects from intense, prolonged worrying.

The definition of anxiety is based on individual worries, fears, past events and future expectations. The negative ideas and thoughts you feed your mind, specifically worry and fear, eventually form anxiety. This anxiety will lead to physical symptoms and bring about various emotions that can negatively impact your life.

However, it is important to remember If you have anxiety you are not alone. Anxiety is one of the leading mental health disorders that exist to this date. According to Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) 40 million Americans are suffering from anxiety and growing as we speak. There is help and you can take action, you do not have to feel like this.

Some seek professional help while others who are shy, doubtful, or in disbelief may take matters in to their own hands and look for various products and services that may help them manage their anxiety from the comfort of their own home.

It is best to help find ways to cope before anxiety completely takes over your life. Resources are endless and here at theanxietyfreelife.com, one can find comfort in knowing that somebody understands their feelings and what they may be going through. There must be understanding for anxiety and it’s individual effects as well as its effects on those around them.

 

About me

Welcome to The Anxiety Free Life. This is a platform designed to help you battle anxiety and anxiety symptoms so that you can cope.

A platform that helps those that do not know how to help themselves in regards to anxiety, worry, and stress.

MY STORY

I am a registered nurse set out to help those suffering from stress and anxiety. My need to help those around me has been prominent from a young age. Always selfless and willing to listen, with keen observation skills and critical analysis, nursing seemed like the perfect avenue to take.

Anxiety has always been a part of my life, and throughout my life and career.  Throughout my career I have learned it has been a big part of many peoples lives, whether they recognize it as anxiety yet or not as some have not accepted the notion that they may have anxiety.

 

I was born and raised in the city of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As some people reading this may know, this is quite a war torn city and country. My Experience with anxiety started in my childhood before I knew what anxiety was and how it was affecting me.

I had developed Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) from living through 5 years of war with having no food, water, or electricity for most of those years. Having family  and/or friends killed during this period and, being centimeters away from being killed by snipers myself, escaping was the ultimate goal.

Dealing with so many traumatic events, I had little idea as to how this would affect me for the rest of my life and ultimately, that it really was taking its toll on me throughout my life span.

I came to Canada end of summer 1995, nearly 6 years old. New culture, new language, new lifestyle. I had to learn and develop in a country where my parents and I had no one to turn to in a time of need. This was survival mode for us.

My parents had to push me to be the best version of myself and fight through all obstacles and continue to better myself through an education and a career. A career that would allow me to be independent and be able to survive if anything was to happen to them and I was left with no one.

Once I got into nursing, a career I believed would be my ultimate way to help people in a time of need and crisis , my goal in life became more and more evident. I needed to help others, I wanted to see other people feel relaxed, confident, and smile.

Working as a nurse I have clients and also their families who may or may not be experiencing a lot of pain. This is a period where people are most vulnerable and feel the most weak…laying in a hospital bed.

What I loved the most and which I did not gain enough of in nursing was helping people handle life stresses that would ultimately lead to anxiety and depression on a long term basis. Nursing was a great to help people cope once the problem was already evident, but it was not enough in order to prevent these anxious feelings before they got to a problematic level.

NURSING WAS NOT ENOUGH

Nursing was not enough and I wanted to do more.  I wanted a platform that people can access that may be experiencing signs of anxiety and stress before anyone knew how they felt. Nursing has helped guide me in ways where I can guide others in their coping management but, I wanted to reach those people who’s anxiety may not have advanced to that level as well.

Theanxietyfreelife.com has paved a way for me to help anyone and everyone through a specific and engaging community. as nurse there is a lot of tasks and orders to be completed and sometimes there is not enough time to go over all the possible treatment options based on one’s needs. That’s why theanxietyfreelife.com was created. A feeling that virtually every has felt at some point in their lives that has had negative outcomes should be further explored.

Anxiety is something everyone has felt at some point or another. It is something that many people experience constantly on a daily or weekly basis. I have spoken to so many people throughout my life and career who are suffering from it and some who continue deny their signs and symptoms.

Perhaps if they could recieve information through an online site and not discuss it with loved ones, it would help them to break the stigma, open their minds and realize the possibilities of treatment options. It is so prominent in our everyday lives that we think it is a normal part of who we are and our personality.

You may have even been told “why are you stress?” “It could be worse” or “everybody is stressed and anxiou.” These statments make you feel like you are alone and you are not being heard.

One thing is for sure, I do not believe people have to feel like this every day.  There are ways to manage anxiety and stress and keep it under control so that it’s not ruining your life, jobs, friendships, relationships and your happiness. There is nothing more important in life than to be happy and healthy, all else can follow.

Money comes and goes, career can change, friendships and relationships can end. Your internal happiness will ultimately shine through in everything you do and in your health as well.

REGAIN CONTROL AND HAPPINESS

The goal at theanxietyfreelife.com is to assist people in dealing with their anxiety and taking control of their life again. It is a safe place where you do not have to feel alone. It is a community where you can be heard and you can get the help and relief you need that is not just hospital or clinic based with a psychiatrist.

Anxiety is not just about taking prescription medications but so much more than that. There are various forms of stress relief and it takes YOU to take the step in the right direction. A direction leading to healing, accepting, letting go, and prospering.

We are all responsible for validating our feelings. No psychiatrist or psychologist can change your mindset and know exactly what is in your mind. With the Guidance of a sufferer and a professional like myself, I can guide you through different means of coping. Coping that can be attained on your own terms, at home, and away from the dreaded doctors office if that is the option you choose.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Nurseboki

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