How to Fight Anxiety Naturally and Get Your Life Back on Track

Anxiety affects over 40 million adults in the U.S. Over the past decade, it has become the most common mental health issue in America. It is estimated that nearly 30 percent of suffers are misdiagnosed, or ignore their condition. Only one third receive treatment. In the long run, anxiety can get worse and trigger depression, low self-esteem, eating disorders, and chronic stress. Before popping pills, try to fight anxiety naturally. From regular exercise and herbal supplements to yoga, there are plenty of ways to relieve your symptoms. Here are some tips to help you beat this condition and get your life back on track: Get Active Physical activity is your best ally against stress and anxiety. Studies indicate that working out for as little as 30 minutes boosts serotonin levels in the brain. Also known as the happiness hormone, serotonin balances your emotions and lifts your mood. Even a short walk can positively impact how you feel. If you can't make it to the gym, consider other … [Read more...]

Anxiety and Weight Problems

With going to counseling twice a month, I have been learning¬† a lot about my condition. I have learned why I fidget with things when in public, I have learned that my weight is a part of my anxiety and the two go hand in hand. I have discovered I do certain things, I didn't realize I did. I think once I get my weight under control, the anxiety will also fall into place, I never really realized how bad things were until I started talking to someone about my problems. As we talk in our meeting, and my counselor is talking about different signs and symptoms of my condition, I am sitting their nodding my head, because that is so me. It all has to do with being judged and not wanting to look like a fool. I often stumble over my words, and would rather not be around large groups of people, because I feel like I will be out of place... Would I be out of place probably not, but in my mind I would be and this triggers my anxiety. I often don't leave the house unless my husband or daughter … [Read more...]

Battling Anxiety

I have been battling anxiety for many years. I can remember back into my childhood when my anxiety would become a problem. I recently started seeing a therapist to help me battle my inner demons, and to find out where my anxiety stemmed from. I am thankful the therapist I am seeing mainly specializes in Social Phobia. With going to see here, I have a better understanding on why I have it. It was explained to me in away, that had me shaking my head yes... We as humans are all afraid of disapproval. Whether that disapproval is from those close to us, or perfect strangers. My anxiety started when I was a young child, and my biological father is the one to plan, he has instilled fear and judgment into me... What do I mean from this? Well, when we are younger there's usually two people we look up to and two people that are supposed to show us unconditional love. Well, I had one person and that was my mom. The sperm donor was always negative, he would say things such as "You … [Read more...]

Anxiety Learned or Imbalance?

When I first went to get help for my anxiety I was told it was all in my head and I needed to learn to deal with it. Some believe anxiety is learned, while others believe it's an imbalance. Did I learn my anxiety or was I born with it. I can sit here and recall many times when I would have an attack, I can tell you what triggered it and all the symptoms that followed with it. I have tried many times the learn to deal with it approach. Many times failed. If you have anxiety you would know that there really is no learn to deal with it. While at times I can keep the symptoms down to a minimum I can not completely remove the feelings I have when an attack happens. Never had anxiety, not sure what an attack is? Let me explain, picture going down a big roller coaster at an amusement park the rush you get. Try walking around everyday feeling that same way but the rush is a rush of fear. A fear that something will happen that is beyond your control. Growing up we had a house fire … [Read more...]

Anxiety Controls My Life

As I sit here, I am having one of my wonderful attacks. I hate feeling the way I feel most the time. I try to keep my mind on other things, that's why I enter giveaways. Entering giveaways lets me focus on entering instead of everything else in my life. If you have ever had a panic attack you probably know what I am talking about. Through-out the day I have about 3 to 4 attacks. The symptoms include hot and cold flashes, nausea, and a deep emptiness in the pit of my stomach. When I get to feeling this way I just want to be left a lone. I want to drown in my own little world. I recently started having a lot of headaches, I normally don't have headaches. If you suffer from anxiety you know where I am coming from when I say anxiety controls my life. I cannot go out with my husband and have a good time because I freak, I cannot take my daughter to fun places because I freak. Simple trips to Memphis don't happen because I freak. Yesterday I went to Memphis for the first time by … [Read more...]

Battling Anxiety

It seems lately I have been having a harder and harder time battling my inner demons. I often wonder why I cannot be that fun out going person I was between the age of 18 and 20. It seems as I get older my anxiety gets worse. I am slowly starting to forget things, and when it comes time to make those phone calls I panic. The anxiety I have I wish on no body, it seems lately I have been having attack after attack and when I take a xanax for it, it only last a little while before I have another one. Small things are triggering them, and I am to my wits end. Have you ever felt so hopeless in your own body? Sure I am trying to live healthier, and I am working out daily, I would have thought this would have helped some. But it hasn't, as I sit here and type this, my stomach is turning. It is often hard for me to discuss the issues I have with my loved ones, I have only just recently really opened up to my husband. We have been together for 12 years now, and it wasn't until almost 7 … [Read more...]

The Emotional Impact of Anxiety Disorders

Picture yourself working in a retail store. You try to maintain focus on the task at hand but something is eating away at you. You feel as though you are being watched by everyone. And perhaps those people you think are watching you think you are ugly, different or maybe they think you smell bad. You cant quite keep your thoughts straight. You are worried if someone approaches you, that you may say something awkward or wrong. This may sound like some sort of nightmare but this is the reality of my social phobia. I know that I'm good looking, clean and fresh smelling. But yet I still carry these thoughts in my head when I'm put into a new social situation. My husband reinforces my self image on a daily basis. He tells me how beautiful I am. And I know I'm not ugly, nor do I stink. But beautiful? I don't see what he sees. My husband actually gets depressed about my poor self image and social anxiety disorder. The emotional impact of anxiety disorders can have a heavy toll on a … [Read more...]

Anxiety And How It Can Effect Your Life

I remember the first time I went to the doctor because I was having extremely bad anxiety. I was told it was all in my head and I needed to learn to deal with it. How do you deal with something you really have no control over, and you have no idea how to control the spells? Anxiety effected my life more than I knew it at the time. I was a prisoner in my own home. I wouldn't go out to check the mail if my mother in law was home, and if she was home, I would wait until night before I checked the mail. A lot of the reasons I hurried up and ran back to Michigan when I did, was because my mother in law was going to be home all the time. She was quitting her job, and I knew I was not going to be able to handle that. Not with the doctors refusing me anything for my issues. When we got to Michigan though the anxiety started to control more of my life than it did when we were in Tennessee... I knew it was time I get in to see a different doctor, because I wasn't able to deal or handle … [Read more...]

When My Anxiety Started

What exactly is anxiety? A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. Desire to do something, typically accompanied by unease. I have been dealing with anxiety since I was a young child. My earliest attack I was about 6 or so. When I was younger my parents divorced, and growing up for me was hell. It had its good times, but most were bad times. I am slowly learning how to cope and deal with the issues from my childhood. It has been very hard for me to open up to others about my childhood. However, I know I can not completely heal if I don't open up, and get these things off my chest. I know I will always have anxiety, and I will have to learn to live life with my problems. However, I also know that I can find ways to help relax myself when anxiety kicks in. On a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst, I would have to say my anxiety most times is a 10. If I can catch my anxiety before it … [Read more...]

Do You Suffer From Social Phobia?

You maybe wondering right about now, what exactly is social phobia. Don't worry I was wondering the same thing, when the doctor wrote on that paper that's what I suffer from. It all started about 10 years ago, right after I had my daughter. I guess now it makes since, I stopped working and became a stay at home mom. Although, I loved every minute of it, I now wish I had stayed in the work force. Social Phobia, also know as a social anxiety disorder. This disorder is when a person becomes overwhelmingly anxious and excessively self-conscious in everyday social situations.Those that suffer from social anxiety disorder have a fear of being watched and judged by others. This fear often becomes so powering that it interferes with their everyday activities. Even shopping can be a challenge. I always new there was something wrong with me, I thought it was just anxiety, I would have never labeled myself as one with "Social Phobia". After the doctor stated that is what she thought I had, … [Read more...]