Have you experienced your heart racing in response to a stressful situation? Or have encountered difficulty breathing, or suffer from episodes where you felt dizzy and sick? Have you ever felt your palms get sweaty when confronted with an overwhelming task at hand? These feelings are a manifestation of the anxiety your body experiences in certain stressful situations and are its natural response to the stress. If you experience these symptoms, you are likely suffering from an anxiety or nervousness disorder. The other symptoms of this disorder can include experiencing tightness in the torso, feeling dizzy and sick, having stomach cramps, feeling light-headed, or experiencing sensations of tingling, hot flushes or chills and sometimes even feeling isolated from reality. It’s important to understand that while anxiety disorders are a broad category that may include different types of anxiety, there are four main kinds of anxiety.

  1. Generalized Anxiety Disorder or GAD, is a situation where one tends to worry about stuff like their personal health, work, social interactions and even everyday routine life incidents.
  2. Phobia, wherein a person may suffer from intense fear or aversion to certain specific situations or things and even places.
  3. Social Anxiety is another manifestation of an anxiety disorder and a person suffering from the same exhibits symptoms where he is excessively worried about his actions or behavior. People suffering from this disorder try to avoid social gatherings, parties or events, leading to a kind of self-imposed isolation.
  4. Panic Disorder, where a person may have episodes of intense fear that occurs quickly and reaches its peak within minutes. These kinds of attacks occur unexpectedly and are caused by a trigger, like a particularly feared object or a certain situation.

It’s important to know that people suffering from anxiety attacks usually have certain triggers that make them more prone to having episodes where they get anxious. Moreover, the trigger for the occurrence of this problem is different for everyone, depending upon their personality. Here are a few ways in which you can manage your anxiety in a natural manner.

Identify your triggers

The first way to cope with your anxiety is to identify the causes that trigger your symptoms. You can do this either by yourself or with the help of a therapist. For some people, episodes of drinking or smoking and even caffeine can trigger the anxiety while in others stress on the personal or professional front can be the reasons that trigger such episodes. The right thing to do, once you recognize the trigger is to limit your exposure and avoid the circumstances or try other coping mechanisms.

Journaling

It has been observed that putting down the reasons why you get anxious makes it less daunting. This is because writing gives you an outlet to vent your feelings out and is considered to be a good relaxation technique and does wonder for those who suffer from periodic episodes of anxiety.

Meditation

I believe that we cannot stress enough on the good effects of meditation on our body. However, if you find yourself being unable to meditate, try incorporating yoga in your everyday routine. The golden rule should be to exercise on a regular basis, eat healthy meals and get enough sleep. Another way to deal with anxiety is talking to people, friends and family who don’t judge. This is a good way to help alleviate your fears and feelings of doom that you may experience.

However, if you notice that these tips are not having the desired effects, you should see a professional. If you observe that your GAD is interfering with your everyday life, you must seek intervention immediately. A mental health professional can help you with identifying the triggers and maintaining long-term strategies through therapy, medication or more.