Anxiety and Physical Symptoms

anxiety and physical symptomsI think most people who have never experienced stress or panic attack don’t really realize that there are anxiety physical symptoms that result from having this condition.  I think they may think that ‘it’s all in your head’ and that some people react emotionally.  It’s sometimes difficult to detect someone who is having a panic attack unless they verbalize what is happening to them or they show some other sign like fainting, throwing up or shaking etc as it is sometimes something that is experienced inwardly.

If you know the anxiety physical symptoms you get, then you can stop it coming on or minimize it’s effect.  As an example when I feel tingling in my fingers or scalp it alerts me that I am stressed and over breathing and so I know to start to slow my breathing down and hold my breath periodically for up to 30 seconds at a time.  This really helps me to stop the panic attack and works 90% of the timeMany people who suffer anxiety also suffer from upset stomachs, often feeling nauseous.  Others will think they are having a heart attack or they are going to die because of the anxiety physical symptoms they are experiencing. In these instances the symptoms are easy to see and not experienced just inwardly.

Anxiety and Panic attacks can also lead to other physical problems like ulcers and other problems with the stomach, headaches and migraine and high blood pressure. These anxiety physical symptoms are real and the people who suffer from anxiety are often misunderstood and labeled ‘sensitive’ or ‘antisocial’. In reality they are brave souls who are facing a fight for situations or occasions others would find ‘ordinary’.  It’s difficult to be social when you are holding your breath and being sensitive is really a good thing not a bad one don’t you think?

Don’t worry what others think and live your life to the fullest and know that there are others like you fighting the fight and winning and you are not alone.  We understand!

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A laugh at anxiety

I love this cartoon because we sometimes have to laugh at the weird and wonderful ‘so called’ anxiety therapies available out there.

Reprinted with permission by Chato B. Stewart from http://www.mentalhealthhumor.com

Child Anxiety – is my child anxious?

How do you recognize child anxiety? Are these reactions of my child normal or abnormal?  Its sometimes difficult as we are so close to the person who is suffering the anxiety.

Children are often worried about meeting new people, giving a speech in class, being frightened of the dark or changing schools but these are normal responses and feelings, but when the worry is unrealistic is when there is a real problem.  Often the result is that they will avoid the situation or event.

Child anxiety and fear need to be taken seriously because the child believes that their feel is very real, so listen to them when they approach you.  It carries the same symptoms as adults have but a child doesn’t have the brain capacity or experience to make sense of them.

A very anxious child’s phobia can be made worse by an over protective parent.  Encourage your child to face up to their fears in their own time and to try new things despite the result.  Tell them that mistakes are OK and are just a part of learning from their experiences.

Teaching your child to calm themselves down when they get upset is a very good tactic to help them in situations when you aren’t there to help.  I also found that having a routine for my own children gave them a sense of stability and security, oh and it made my life less stressful too.  This also helps your child from suffering from separation anxiety.

Child anxiety can also carry on into adulthood so dealing with the problems now will mean that this wont carry on through the rest of their life.  If you suspect that your child does suffer from anxiety then please see your family doctor for advice.

A great self help program is available at Panic Away. Check it out and have a look at some of the testemonials. They have a new video on the site as well that describes me to a tee even to the situation of eating out.  Unbelievable!  Even looks like me….I wish.

Breathing your way through Anxiety

Did you know you can breathe your way through anxiety?

As you get older you no longer get the same amount of oxygen to your lungs as you used to when you were younger.  If you shallow breathe like I do then you will build up more carbon dioxide in your lungs.  This does not help you when you get anxious and can actually lead you to a panic attack.

When you are anxious you also rapid breathe which not only can lead to overall tiredness but is not good for your heart.  It only takes about 5 minutes a day to freshen that stale air that is accumulating and this you can do anytime of the day but at night time these exercises will also relax your for a better sleep.

Here are 3 exercises you can try:

1.  Place your hands on your stomach just below your rib case and slowly breath in and feel your ribs expanding.  slowly breathe out all the way as much as you can.

2. Humming exercises (now don’t laugh) are also helpful and this is where you hum on exhaling.  Concentrate on your breathing and hum each time you exhale.  This help you relax in all part of your body.

3.  Chinese breathing is something new that I have been trying.  Sit down in a comfortable chair, preferably one that doesn’t have arms and take three short breaths through the nose without exhaling between them.

With this technique on the first breath you also have to lift your arms out in front of you , on the second you open up your arms to the side at shoulder level and on the third breathe you lift them over your head.  You then exhale and bring your arms down to your side.

Maybe do it one more time but don’t overdo it as it can make you lightheaded and don’t do this exercise when standing.

I would like you now to watch this video by Wilddivine.com as its a fairly new way to treat anxiety and stress and one I am looking at investigating more.  Click on the link below to watch it.

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