When worry becomes excess, chronic and unremitting, it is classified as an anxiety disorder, a psychological stress response brought on by a prolonged thought process. There are a number of different types of anxiety disorders including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. Each has its own distinctive features but are bonded by a common theme: excessive, irrational fear.
Anxiety describes any feeling of worry or dread, usually about events that could possibly happen.
Most people experience feelings of anxiety before a business presentation, exam or first date.
Some anxiety about stressful events is normal, but for some people, anxiety interferee with their ability to enjoy life.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder is fear about the future, characterized by excessive thinking and dwelling on the “what if’s” in life. Typically, these individuals cannot shut their minds off and stop the incessant thinking, which incapacitates them. Often they believe there is no way out of their feelings of worry, dread or disaster, which leave them feeling depressed and fatigued.
Individuals are diagnosed with general anxiety disorder when their symptoms last for more than 6 months. Often here are no concrete triggers that provoke episodes of uncontrollable anxiety. Their worries can be about everyday things, like their jobs, finances, health or family to more mundane issues such as chores or being late for an appointment.
Other symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder may include headaches, trembling, twitching, irritability, frustration and an inability to concentrate. Sufferers may also feel nauseated or as if they have a lump in their throats. Many also find it difficult to relax and tend to remain in a state of constant motion. S leep disturbances can also occur.
Happily, there are a number of natural and alternative health remedies that can be used to help reduce anxiety and create feelings of peace and serenity.
Recommendations For Wellness
•Create a scale from 1-10 to track how you feel. Rate yourself every day, with10 being the most anxious and 1 being the least. If you score high, take time to reflect on what may have caused your increased anxiety.
•Focus on what’s happening in your life,. Then, identify what seems to be causing the anxiety and adjust your life accordingly. Changing jobs, ending a relationship or moving to a different location can often alleviate the anxiety being experienced.
•Take time to relax daily. People who spend a few minutes every day relaxing, meditating or exercising experience far less anxiety.
•Talk to a counsellor or psychologist about what is going on. They may be able to teach you methods and techniques you can use to alleviate and reduce your anxiety.
•Soak in a hot Epsom salt bath for 15 – 20 minutes. Epsom salts are composed magnesium sulphate crystals, which can calm the body and mind.
•Avoid caffeine or other stimulating substances.
•Try a blend of valerian root and passionflower to help reduce anxiety symptoms.
•Kava kava was once predominant remedy for anxiety. Because of potential side effects, kava should only be taken under medical supervision.
•Take B-Complex vitamins. These include B1 (improves mood and is vital to nerve function); B3 (regulates sleep); B6 (for optimum production of serotonin); and, B12 (helps produce “feel good” brain chemicals).•Take Calcium and magnesium. These natural tranquilizers can help you to relax.•Try to take Gaba (gama-aminobutyric acid). This amino acid decreases neuron activity and inhibits nerve cells from over firing. In can be taken to calm the body and slow the thought processes without drowsiness or addiction.•Try a flower essence like Bach’s Rescue Remedy for rapid relief of physical and emotional distress.
Women, I invite you to enter your body and really feel what is there.
Examining the true state of you own heart is challenging but it’s a powerful healing quest and direct path to feminine wholeness.
As a woman, you have access to so many feelings and emotions; however, our society often demands that you shut them down in order to ‘succeed’ in our still male-dominated world. This shut down can become so strong that you lose all awareness that the vulnerability hidden within your closed heart is actually your greatest strength and feminine asset.
By honouring your authentic heartfelt wisdom, you can form a beautiful relationship with your own body and sexuality through a sensual, spiritual practice, thus imbuing all your relationships, with greater love, openness and honesty, especially with your self.