What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is an unpleasant feeling that is associated with apprehension, worry, uneasiness and apprehension. Experts say being anxious is a normal response to stress and depending on the type of stress you’re going through (physical or emotional); an anxious person normally sweats a lot and is trembling hard.
7 Causes of Anxiety
1. Stress and Experiences
Everyone experience different levels of stress every day. Depending on life experiences, stress can either be healthy or not. You are feeling a positive stress if you are in a process of dealing with potential gains. Experts call it “eustress” and it is experienced when you are winning in a competition like a marathon, getting a job promotion, saying “I Love You” to your partner and purchasing a new and expensive product.
The stress becomes unhealthy once you are constantly experiencing it over a long period of time. This condition is referred to as chronic stress and some of its symptoms include upset stomach, headache, insomnia, mood swings, suicidal thoughts and anger.
2. Too Much Rules at Home
A person also feels anxious if he or she is raised in a family where there are fear and terror on a daily basis. For instance, the father is labelled as the “law” inside the home and his children find it so hard to talk with him because they are regularly afraid to be disapproved of.
Certain events in our life such as being alone in a very dark place, drowning, falling from a tree, etc. are hard to forget. These events are stored inside your subconscious and when you recall it, you instantly become nervous.
4. Withdrawal from Addiction
Those drug addicts, alcoholics, chain smokers and internet addicts instantly go through a high-level anxiety once their object of obsession are removed from them.
5. Abnormal Brain Chemistry
Studies show anxiety triggers once there are abnormal levels of certain neurotransmitters (special chemical messengers that help transport information from nerve cell to nerve cell) in the brain. If these neurotransmitters are out of balance, messages can’t travel and anxiety is produced.
6. Hormonal Fluctuations
It’s already known-fact that every women who are in their puberty and in their early adulthood (menopause) undergo hormonal fluctuations every month. Restlessness is normally experienced during these days and you really find it difficult to handle everyday routine. Even with women in menopausal period suffer anxiety. During menopause, the hormone production is decreased and it’s expected to feel depressed.
7. Physically Unfit
If you have health problems such as disability, blindness, malnutrition, overweight, asthma, allergic rhinitis etc., these conditions also elevate the level of your stress.
How to Stop Anxiety
Anxiety cannot be stopped, it can only be controlled. Changing the way you think is the most effective way to control the level of your anxiety. When you’re learning how to control your negative thoughts, you also feel positive. Staying positive even things get rough absolutely helps you perform well in school and in work.
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