Worried/Anxiety

"I worry about everything."

 

Are my Feelings Normal?

Having feelings of anxiety or feeling worried is something that everyone experiences at different times in their lives. Think about the last time you had to write a test or the last time you knew someone was going to tell you bad news. There are many situations and things in life that can cause these feelings of anxiety or being worried. Anxiety is a common response to stress and helps people cope in difficult situations.

 

Should I Be Worried?

Everyone goes through feelings of anxiety at some point in their life. However, if it becomes overwhelming and interferes with your everyday life, you may want to ask for help.

Anxiety comes in different forms. For example, you may be terrified by something specific, like spiders or heights—this is called a phobia. Or, you might be afraid of or worry about many different things.

Signs of anxiety may include:

  • Your heart beating faster
  • Rapid breathing
  • Sweating
  • Stomach aches
  • Changes in your appetite
  • Nausea
  • Problems falling asleep or not being able to sleep at all

 

  • Body pains (e. g numbness, spasms, sore muscles)
  • Feeling irritable or having a short “fuse”
  • Feeling like you are “losing it”
  • Thinking in negative ways
  • Having trouble concentrating or making decisions
  • Spending less time with family and friends
  • Feeling afraid
  • Worrying about things a lot

Tips for Prevention and Wellness

There are different strategies you can try to minimize the intensity of your anxiety. These could include:

  • Eating a healthy and balanced diet
  • Reducing the amount of caffeine you consume in pop, energy drinks and coffee
  • Getting daily exercise
  • Taking up hobbies you’re interested in (e. g yoga, journaling, playing an instrument, etc)
  • Learn relaxation exercises like deep breathing, muscle relaxation and meditation

 

It’s very important to try to include these strategies in your life to keep a positive head space. However, it is very important if you feel like you can’t deal with your anxiety that you seek help from a health care professional, which could be your family doctor, counselor, etc.

 

 

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