If you are easily overwhelmed by anxiety, you are not alone.
Anxiety affects a multitude of people and can vary in severity.
I suffer from health anxiety, which is a fear or irrational worry about having a serious medical condition.
WHAT IS ANXIETY?
Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe.
Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life.
For example, you may feel worried and anxious about things from time to time.
This may include sitting an exam, your work load or speaking in public.
These are all natural feeling of anxiety.
If you are easily overwhelmed by anxiety, it can easily become a problem.
SIGNS OF ANXIETY
Moreover, people experience many different sensations when it comes to anxiety.
The most common feelings related to anxiety are:
- Feeling restless or on edge
- Easily fatigued or tired
- Difficulty concentrating or feeling like your mind is blank
- Muscle tension
- Difficulty in controlling worry or fear
- And Having a number of sleep problems, such as insomnia
HOW DO YOU CALM DOWN WHEN YOU ARE OVERWHELMED BY ANXIETY?
If you start to notice you are becoming overwhelmed by anxiety, make a mental note of it. “This is my anxiety talking”, I like to think to myself, and then I start to breathe.
Deep breath in for five seconds, hold for 2-3 seconds and breathe out as slowly as you can. You will start to feel yourself calming down.
Slow breathing is an excellent way to bring yourself down from intense feelings of anxiety.
This disrupts the fight or flight instinct that your brain has kicked into action.
WHEN EASILY OVERWHELMED BY ANXIETY, IT IS TIME TO SEE A DOCTOR
If anxiety is getting in the way of your day to day activities, it is time to see a Doctor.
Being constantly overwhelmed by anxiety is detrimental to your health. It is important you get on top of it right away.
Your Doctor will either refer you to see a psychologist or a psychiatrist, depending on what you present with.
Personally, I see a psychologist and a psychiatrist as I need medication to help me function.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing distress you can reach out to Beyond Blue: Beyond Blue’s support line is available 24/7.
Lifeline: For crisis support, Lifeline provides a 24/7 line. They have a range of online resources as well.