What is Anxiety?
Anxiety, similar to fear, is part of our body’s natural defense system. Anxiety is our body’s way of warning us that something is not right. It occurs when we think something bad, dangerous, or scary is about to happen, and that there is nothing we can do about it. Anxiety becomes problematic when it prevents us from functioning appropriately in a particular situation. Those with anxiety often worry excessively about the future or imagined scenarios in their minds.
Extreme forms of anxiety include panic attacks, which may cause shortness of breath elevated heartbeat, sweaty palms, and dizziness. This condition can be debilitating and prevents us from functioning normally.
What causes anxiety?
High levels of stress can cause anxiety. High levels of stress can come form
- Pressures from school and exams
- Problems with peer relationships
- Conflict with parents or issues at home
- Problems with meeting a goal
How can I better manage Anxiety?
We all experience anxiety in different forms and at different intensities. Because it is a natural reaction to stress, it is not possible to completely remove anxiety from our lives. However, it is important that we learn effective strategies to manage the anxiety. Here are a few general strategies that you can use.
- Identify what causes your anxiety
Identify the thoughts or events that trigger your anxiety by reflecting on past moments of anxiety. Identifying what makes you anxious will allow you to modify your behaviour accordingly.
- Reduce other stressors
Reducing your stress levels can help reduce levels of anxiety. Maintaining a regular routine and getting sufficient sleep and exercise can help to manage stress, hence anxiety.
- Focus on your breath and practice mindfulness
Mindfulness techniques such as square breathing and deep breathing can help to regulate your breath during stressful times and help you to relax and manage your anxiety.