How To Deal With Anxiety

how to deal with anxietyEverybody feels anxiety from time to time and this is a normal reaction or just a normal part of our life. All of us know what it is like to feel worry, nervousness, fear, and concern. Like for example, when we give a speech or before an exam or an interview, one could not help but feel anxious of what may happen. Most of us manage these kinds of anxious feelings fairly well and are able to carry on with our lives without much difficulty. However, when the anxiety is prolonged, one has to see a doctor.

What causes Anxiety?

Anxiety is caused by the brain sending message to all parts of the body to prepare for the “fight or flight” syndrome when one is facing a crisis. The physical symptoms of the disease is abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, dry mouth, rapid heartbeat or palpitation, tightness or pain in the chest, shortness of breathing dizziness, frequent urination and difficulty in swallowing. Its psychological symptoms are insomnia, irritability or anger inability to concentrate, fear of madness, and inability to control of ones action.

However, anxiety is often a symptom of another mental health problem such as depression . Personality disorder, alcohol misuse, withdrawal from long-term use of tranquilizer such as valium. In general, anxiety disorder can be a long-term disorder in which people worried most of the time about things that might go wrong.

Anxiety is a close companion of many of our society now. It is uncertainty about the future; fears about jobs, or of our families.

To defeat the ill-effect of anxiety in our being or to deal anxiety effectively, the following tips are suggested:

  • Don’t waste time being anxious when you could be using your time to pray. Do it frequently as often as you feel anxiety setting in. Resort to prayer.
  • Have sources of positive ideas you can quickly go to. Make a list of encouraging scriptures, and keep it handy when worries crowd in.
  • Listen to inspiring music. Turn to a book, or a poem that fires your imagination and courage.
  • Talk with a close and encouraging friend.
  • Practice goodness. Do something for someone else. This will divert your attention from yourself and your fear to others and their needs.
  • Be thankful in everything with thanksgiving. Present your request to God (Philippians 4:6) Thanksgiving promotes contentment by reminding us on how God take care of our needs in the past. And it brings a sense of proportion to our lives when troubles tend to crowd blessings out of our memories.