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July 30, 2017


Anxiety is a disorder on the rise but one that is not always voiced. Be it small or more substantial anxiety is s serious and there is no shame. There are different types of anxiety and different degrees but there are ways to treat anxiety disorder. We don’t always have to leap to medication there are things that can be introduced into everyday life that can reduce stress levels and anxiety.

To some anxiety seems like a small issue but unless you are the one dealing with the disorder it is hard to comprehend. Be patient with those who you know suffer and learn a little more about what they are faced with. It can be a daily battle for many and can affect everyday tasks. People with anxiety disorders may be unable to stop worrying about seemingly unimportant things, and they can perceive situations as much worse than they actually are. Anxiety interferes with the enjoyment of life and disrupts work, relationships and self-perceptions. 

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders, affecting one in four Australians at some stage in their life. Women are more likely to develop anxiety than men, but it is not clear why. There are many forms of anxiety disorder but the one thing they have in common is their impact on day-to-day activities.

Anxiety can affect your ability to concentrate, sleep and carry out ordinary tasks at work, home or school. People with anxiety disorders often feel compelled to avoid stressful situations and in extreme cases avoid going out altogether. It is not always clear what causes an Anxiety disorder. It can be caused by either one or a combination of factors. These include genetic factors, ongoing stress, family background, physical health issues or a traumatic event. Whatever the cause it can come quickly or build up over many years. It is important to get a balance in life. Find things that will de stress and calm you.

If you are unaware that you suffer from anxiety it can be alarming when the symptoms take over. Physical symptoms are common and include shortness of breath, a pounding heart and trembling hands.

There are many ways to try and level out anxiety levels before having to result in medication. Having a prescribed drug is a serious consideration and can be hard to stop taking so if you are an anxiety sufferer make sure you try other methods first. Try talking to others that understand what you are going through. This will help you relieve stress but also feel like you are not facing everything alone. Some other forms of anxiety relief are:

  • Aerobic activity for 20–30 minutes 5 days a week improves cardiovascular health. It will get blood and endorphins moving. 
  • Stress management had a whole other blog post well worth a read.
  • Pursuing an enjoyable activity or verbalising frustration to reduce stress and improve mental health.- talk to a friend or someone else going through a similar disorder
  • Quitting smoking tobacco.
  • Deep breathing, meditation, yoga, rhythmic exercise and other activities that reduce symptoms of stress
  • A diet that provides essential nutrients and adequate calories, while avoiding excess sugar, carbohydrates and fatty foods.
  • A talk therapy focused on modifying negative thoughts, behaviours and emotional responses associated with psychological distress.
  • Meditation can improve mental health and also helps with relaxation.

There are many people you can talk to about anxiety disorder including family and doctors and always people willing to help.

You are not alone - 1in 3 people are with you. Be vocal and get any help you need.



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