ANXIETY AND FEARS
The following signs may indicate a problem.
- Constant worrying
- Consuming thoughts about the cause of fear or anxiety
- Avoiding places or situations that cause fear or anxiety
- Sudden and intense feeling of fear, accompanied by some or all of the following:
- Racing heartbeat
- High blood pressure
- Shortness of breath
- Trouble sleeping
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Anxiety disorders can have a debilitating effect on a person's life. People who suffer from such disorders will rearrange their lives and even avoid things they used to enjoy to avoid things they
fear or worry about. Don't let anxiety control you. If you start to worry excessively, try these tips.
- Talk about what's bothering you - don't hold it inside.
- Breathe deeply and try to relax.
- Try to visualize what you fear to reduce the phobia.
- Try to think positive thoughts.
- Confront your fears and why they make you feel anxious or panicked.
- Build resilience - the ability to cope with unexpected changes and events.
- Get exercise - it helps reduce the extra stress and energy your body has stored.
- Be supportive of a friend with an anxiety disorder; do not force him or her into uncomfortable situations.
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