Anxiety is a normal part of life. We all experience a form of anxiety at least once in our lifetime, and women are more likely than men to be affected by an anxiety disorder. So what do you do when it starts to take a negative toll on your health?
Anxiety disorders are some of the most common psychiatric disorders but due to the stigma around mental health conversations, a lot of women don’t get help and others don’t have the means to do so.
Everyone’s experience with anxiety is different as the cause of anxiety can differ from person to person. These causes can vary from stress, loss, being in a new environment, or being in social situations. Some of the most common forms of anxiety also have no specific cause and is therefore called generalized anxiety. In these cases, a person does not know exactly where their anxiety comes from and can also come from many different things.
Causes may also be specific, like social anxiety, where a person gets much more nervous or anxious than average in social situations. Some people may even have anxiety after a traumatic event in which a person may have an anxiety when a place or situation reminds them of their traumatic experience.
Some common symptoms of general anxiety can range from behavioral to physical and may include constant stress or worry, compulsive thoughts, restlessness, irritability, fear, and trouble sleeping.
No matter the case, it's important to not let anxiety take over your life or keep you from your everyday tasks. Getting help from a professional such as a psychologist or psychiatrist is a good first step. Reaching out to friends and family can also help as they can offer support or help you take those first steps if you haven’t yet. It’s important to remember that like with any physical illness you have to listen to your symptoms and act accordingly.
In our FindSisterhood app under Managing Anxiety Spotlight, April Mayorga, Clinical Psychologist offers natural ways to ease anxiety that include meditation, journaling, finding a new hobby, or doing an activity that makes you feel calm.
Going to therapy and talking to a professional is also a great option for those who have the option. A therapist can help you identify the causes of your anxiety and also offer some feedback on how you can deal with it. Some schools may even offer free counseling if you are a student.
Whatever your situation it’s important to seek help as anxiety can take a real effect on your personal relationships, work, or school life.