Everything you need to know about anxiety
-Dec 10, Jenny Paul , Health -
Stress is truly detrimental to overall health, and anxiety is the body’s response to stress.
Anxiety is on the rise but many people are so used to living with the symptoms that they don’t even realise that they’re grappling with a problem. Recognising the symptoms of anxiety including; excessive worrying, agitation and increased tiredness is crucial so you can get help.
Can anxiety make you tired?
The answer is yes, anxiety can make you feel tired. Feelings of exhaustion often follow an anxiety attack, but they might be down to lack of sleep from lying awake worrying.
What to do when you can’t sleep
Try to prioritise rest, and if you need regular naps then take them. Going to bed at a set time every night will help and if you can’t go to sleep immediately don’t worry about it, the key thing to remember is that your body is resting.
Meditation will be helpful, we like Headspace’s sleep meditations which you can play via an app on your phone and then shut off automatically.
How to focus when you’re anxious
Poor concentration and lack of focus is another symptom of anxiety. You may be tempted to drink lots of coffee, but this will make your anxiety worse. Instead, stay hydrated with plenty of water throughout the day. Take a look at what you eat and remove refined sugar and carbs from your diet, while adding brain foods like fatty fish, avocado, turmeric, broccoli, pumpkin seeds and antioxidant rich dark chocolate.
Take deep breaths and try a 10 minute happiness workout. If your anxiety is making it impossible to focus because of constant worrying, it’s possible to train your brain to recognise unhelpful thoughts.
Whenever a worry intrudes, take a deep breath and stop it in its tracks, our minds flit around like butterflies so in time you’ll learn to see your thoughts like passing traffic and not as something to linger on. Remember, our thoughts often aren’t real and are just that – thoughts. Meditation is also very helpful with this.
Can anxiety make you feel easily annoyed?
A recent study found that 90% of people with an anxiety disorder reported that they felt highly irritable at the times when their anxiety disorder was at its worst.
Irritability is another symptom of anxiety so try to take a deep breath before reacting, and go for a walk. Don’t allow yourself to give in to the feelings of annoyance.
Instead, try some mindfulness and focus on the present – an easy way to do this is is observe your breathing and listen to the sounds all around you. Look for a photo to take, whether it’s of the sky or a beautiful sunset, it’ll distract you for long enough to banish your negative feelings.
Yoga to feel calm
Nadia Narain filmed a 5 minute yoga routine to make you instantly feel calm which you can do in your office and a 10 minute yoga routine for sleep. Try this before taking your bedtime Lumity softgel capsules and ready your body to rest for eight hours.
How to combat anxiety?
Long-term anxiety that’s become bigger than the initial event that triggered it is seen as a health issue. See your doctor in person for help and advice.
Try talk therapy and look into ways to boost your health and wellness on a daily basis. Trips to the gym will help because exercise is great for stress relief and talking to your friends, co-workers and loved ones until you’re through this stage in your life will help.