Got anxiety?


By: Emma Stromberg, Staff Reporter

Anxiety is something that everybody lives with. Everybody just has different levels of it. Anxiety is a mental health disorder characterized by feelings of worry, or terror. These feelings are strong enough to ruin one’s day. Juggling anxiety and school can be challenging as well.

Take a time out when feeling anxious. Stop whatever you are doing and just relax. Take deep breaths and count to ten slowly. Clear the mind of whatever is stressing you out and even find hobbies or activities like yoga or meditation to loosen up. Yoga is a stress reliever that can even benefit health. Coloring may sound like it is only for two year old, but coloring helps you focus on one thing and gets the negative thoughts away.

Diet has a lot to do with stress levels. Avoid or limit caffeine and alcohol, these aggravate anxiety and could even trigger panic attacks. Soda and coffee are very addicting, and tempting to drink all the time, but if anxiety levels are higher than usual, try changing the types of drinks consumed and it may help. Water is a healthier option anyway.

“The human brain is made of around 85% water. When you are not properly hydrated the effects can be felt in your brain as symptoms like headaches, poor concentration and reduced short-term memory,”  says a staff writer from Natural Health News.

Eating well-balanced meals is essential to managing this disorder too. Do not ever skip a meal. Also keep snacks with you. Fueling the mind with good food can take away the negative thoughts going on up there. When hungry, people get easily irritated at just about anything. Simple things become a lot more difficult, and it is hard to focus. Glucose levels need to be kept up, so sugar intake is important.

Exercise can really benefit as well. Hard core workouts are not necessary, just light and simple ones to clear the mind and focus on something else. “When stress affects the brain, with its many nerve connections, the rest of the body feels the impact as well. Or, if your body feels better, so does your mind. Exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins- chemicals in the brain that act as natural pain killers- and also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress,” says Michael W. Otto, PhD, and Jasper A.J. Smits, PhD, in their article all about Exercise for Mood and Anxiety.

Learn and accept that you can not control everything. So do not stress over things that are not able to be fixed or changed. Everything happens for a reason, so just let life run the way it wants to. Always keep a positive mindset, as hard as it may seem. It might be self-explanatory, but stress is not healthy. Stress makes it hard to control emotions and promotes diseases. Stress can also take a toll on appearance, it can make you look older and contribute to weight gain.

Humans have a hard time overcoming things without talking about it. Tell family and friends what the problem is, and they could change everything. Professionals are even ready to talk. This is a way to discover what triggers anxiety. Is it school, friends, family, work? If talking to someone is too uncomfortable or awkward, making a journal and writing about each day works too. If you get help from a psychiatrist, they can prescript you to medication to really overcome this disorder.

Anxiety is something that can not really be cured, but there are ways around it. People are always willing to help find ways to make life easier while dealing with this disorder. Seek help if anxiety is taking too much of a toll on life. Making simple lifestyle changes can change everything, and make life a whole lot more simple.