Did you know how many people suffer with Anxiety? According to the Anxiety Disorder Statistics. Anxiety Disorders affect 18.1 percent of adults in the United States (approximately 40 million adults between the ages of 18 to 54). – National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
This is a lot of people and it seems to be growing. We can look at society in general and see why everything is going at lightning speed and yes our brains work fast but do our emotions? Well, the answer to that is a BIG FAT “NO” ! We have to have time to process our emotions. It is difficult to go from identifying an emotion and recognizing where it came from and then go straight to solution. It is IMPORTANT that we give ourselves time to process the emotion, recognize why we feel that way and where it all begin otherwise we are constantly being worried by the same thing, in our present or past that can lead to Anxiety and no solution how to resolve it and let it go.
So Before we go to solution which is what we all want to do instead of going through the process. Let’s look at what anxiety is? Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe.
We all have some anxiety in our lives at point or another. For example- you could feel anxious before a test, performance or job interview which is perfectly normal. However if you are spending most of your day worrying and it is affecting your day, then you need to recognize it and seek help.
Here are several conditions where Anxiety can be the main symptom:
- panic disorder
- phobias such as agoraphobia or claustrophobia
- post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- social anxiety disorder (social phobia)
Today, I am only discussing generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) which is a chronic condition that causes you to feel anxious about a lot of situations and issues, rather than one specific event. I call it being a worry wart. This is where you are anxious most days and you have a hard time remembering when you felt relaxed. Usually as soon as one anxious thought or worry is resolved, another one appears.
This can cause mental and physical symptoms.
- Trouble sleeping
- Feeling restless/ worried
- Not being able to concentrate
- Constantly on “edge”
- Sense of dread
- Socially withdrawn from family and friends
- Find work difficult or stressful and start taking more days off
All these symptoms can lead to more worry, lower the self esteem and escalate the Anxiety
- Heart palpitations
- muscle aches and tension
- trembling or shaking
- dry mouth
- excessive sweating
- shortness of breath
- stomach ache
- feeling sick
- pin and needles
- difficulty falling or staying asleep (insomnia)
What can trigger Anxiety?
If you know what is causing your anxiety such as a specific phobia like claustrophobia you would know that being confined in a small space will trigger your anxiety. Not knowing what is triggering your GAD then it can intensify the anxiety and you may start to worry that there is no solution.
However, if you have GAD there are self -help treatments that could be help easy the symptoms of anxiety yourself.
Self Help Suggestions:
Try an online course with a trained therapist or go to a cognitive behavioural therapist
This usually involves working from a book or computer programme for around six weeks or longer. In some cases, you may be closely supported by a trained therapist who you’ll speak to every week or two. Some treatments only involve minimal or occasional contact with a therapist, who monitors your progress. Also cognitive behavioural therapy is very beneficial for anxiety. It can help you understand your condition and learn ways to manage your anxiety by modifying negative or unhelpful thoughts and behavior.
Exercise regularly, particularly aerobic exercise, may help you combat stress because it encourages the brain to release serotonin which improves your mood helping you to not worry so much.
Good aerobic exercises include:
- walking fast or jogging
- football or rugby
Learn to relax
As well as regular exercise, learning how to relax is important.
You may find relaxation and breathing exercises helpful, or you may prefer activities such as yoga or pilates to help you unwind.
You can also try this
Drinking too much caffeine can make you more anxious than normal. This is because caffeine can disrupt your sleep and also speed up your heartbeat. If you’re tired, you’re less likely to be able to control your anxious feelings.
Avoiding drinks containing caffeine – such as coffee, tea, fizzy drinks and energy drinks – may help to reduce your anxiety levels.
Avoid smoking and drinking
Smoking and alcohol have been shown to make anxiety worse. Only drinking alcohol in moderation or stopping smoking may help to reduce your anxiety.
Essential Oils for Anxiety:
Lavender, Grapefruit and Patchouli are the essential oils that I am going to use today for you to make an Anxiety Spray.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia Miller) Lavender Fine has a mellow, peaceful aroma which can be overwhelming. It is good for all kinds of nervous disorders like anxiety, hysteria, panic, mental exhaustion and headaches.
Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi Macfad) Grapefruit has a fresh and sparkling aroma. It helps with clarity and confidence mentally.
Patchouli ( Pogostemon cablin (Blanco) Benth) Patchouli has an aroma which is hot and earthy. It is helpful for depression, stress and exhaustion.
20 drops Lavender(Lavandula angustifolia Miller)
20 drops Grapefruit(Citrus paradisi Macfad)
6 drops Patchouli( Pogostemon cablin (Blanco) Benth)
2oz. amber glass bottle with sprayer.
Place essential oils in amber bottle. Add water. Roll between your hands to mix the essential oils thoroughly into the water. Shake before using. Spray in all four directions of the room.
Contraindications: Do not use in pregnancy.
Caution: Do not get it on your furniture. Essential oils can possibly damage varnished wood.
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