Sunday, May 6, 2012

Anxiety in Relation to Health

Hey guys! I'm sorry that I didn't post anything yesterday! But it's time to get on track again!

Anxiety is a psychological and physiological state where you feel a state of fear and/or concern over something. Sometimes we may not know what is it. Everyone experiences some type of anxiety one way or another and its perfectly healthy. But other people experience anxiety and don't know how to cope with it. I am one of these people. I end up stressing over everything and there is not a reason why most of the time. Some people use medication, therapy, self therapy, and working out/being active. I have done all of the above and they all work especially in combination.

Tips on dealing with Anxiety

  1. When you are feeling anxious, put on some relaxation music (I usually use Pandora for this) and just become one with the music. Take in slow deep breaths from your stomach. It makes you feel light headed but it really does calm you down. Also, light some candles it really sets the mood. Some people prefer to take a nice warm bath including all of the above. It does work. The more you do this, the more your body will relax.
  2.  Go to the gym. Don't over do it, but go to the gym for 45 mins. Run/walk on the Treadmill, do the elliptical for 15 mins at a fast pace, or lift heavy weights; Whatever suits you do it. While your doing this, think of what is stressing you out and take out your anger/worries/stress in the work out. You get a wonderful workout at the end, your body feels relaxed, and all the worries of your day are left behind in that workout. Remember, don't over do it!
  3. Check your diet. Make sure that you are getting PLENTY of water and PLENTY of FRUITS and/or VEGGIES. Eating unhealthy can be a big cause of anxiety also. And if you are really over weight, consider being tested for diabetes. Diabetes does cause anxiety.
  4. If you find yourself beyond anxious and you feel like after a few weeks of doing the relaxation techniques and working out isn't working, then definitely make and appointment with your doctor and talk about medication. DO NOT FEEL LIKE YOUR CRAZY OR THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH YOU IF YOU GO ON MEDICATION, IT IS PERFECTLY OKAY! Sometimes people do need the medication and there is nothing wrong with that. All that matters is feeling yourself. 
I am posting about anxiety because a lot of time my anxiety holds me back from accomplishing many things such as losing weight and being healthy. I'll think about this whole journey and get anxious about it and think that I cannot do it but I know that I can. Today is one of those days for me.