Moody, stressed, anxious or tired all the time? These symptoms can signal either plain old stress or a real depression rooted in deep-seated issues. It is incredibly important to heed the warning that our body and mind communicate in order to create wellness in our lives. Scientific studies support a ‘stress spectrum’, which range from simple fatigue, body aches and pains, to Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) and full-blown personality disorders. If we’re lucky, the down times won’t last long. The key to figuring out how to overcome these anxieties lies in our capacity to take the necessary steps in order to change our lives and/or discover the origin of our anxiety. Here are 7 blogs that aid in developing tools and uncovering truths about where and how our anxiety surfaces:
- This blog is a real account of a woman’s lifelong struggle with anxiety. Unable to recognize it as a teenager, she buried it down and decided it was just your run of the mill every day stress. However, when it resurfaced later in life accompanied by physical symptoms of shakiness, lack of concentration and fast heartbeat she knew she must acknowledge its presence and decided to seek treatment. This is an all too familiar story and she urges others to take heed early on in order to not suffer with anxieties through moments in your life. Many people can be happy if they sought treatment or therapy.
- This article breaks down what it means to feel stressed versus depressed. Stress will signal changes that need to be made that are specific, such as lack of sleep or unhappiness at your job, where as depression hangs around longer than little ‘spells’ like stress, and is usually triggered by something or feels like it just pops out of nowhere.
- Feeling powerless in our current world is a commonality we all share. However, some people develop real anxieties and fears based on the unpredictability of our future. This article helps us rebuild a sense of control over our own lives and the difference we can make in the lives of others. Define your values and live them, accept what you can’t change and control what you let it in. These are of utmost importance in regaining control and overcoming our anxieties.
- This is actually a podcast but felt it should still make it onto this ‘blog’ list. It is a rarity when one speaks positively from personal experience. This podcast doesn’t sugarcoat the fact that there is a healing process to overcoming anxiety for which we must acknowledge. Trying to detach oneself from an outcome is a good step to achieving this as well as developing patience toward discovering the root of your anxiety.
- This blog delivers an interview with the author of ‘Hot Feminist’, Polly Vernon. The discussion veers into her mental state of anxiety, after she was bullied and abused online following the release of her book. She helps one understand that normalizing the stages of your anxiety can help to get over it, as so often we would just alienate ourselves and perhaps even begin to feel as though we could lose our identity. The act itself of talking about your fear, anxiety and depression increases the social acceptance of it as a real disorder.
- Generalized anxiety is a term used to describe a malaise that won’t go away, a feeling of tiredness as well as constant worry. When this affects children the symptoms often appear as physical, such as irritability, difficulty breathing and/or sleeping and various aches from their heads to their stomachs. Since anxiety is a very tiring disorder, it is important to be vigilant in recognizing these signs in children, as they particularly vulnerable to its manifestation but lack an understanding of its origin.
- In this blog, we are given the how-to tools for overcoming your anxiety. They are everything from becoming more in tune with your body and checking in with everyday occurrences that trigger feelings of anxiety. It is also very important to face your feelings as soon as they come up, not allowing for the emotions to take over and snowball out of your control.
Anxiety is a normal physical and emotional response to feelings of fear, stress and toxicity within and around us. To be pro active in our own wellness, we must recognize and accept that we feel them before we can embark on uncovering how to control and understand them. Often we ask ourselves, how do we get to a point where we feel ‘normal’ again? Any life changing transformation requires work and change, which can be painful. Ultimately, the life that comes out of self-growth is a life with the potential to feel content and stress-free. That thought does not induce anxiety, which signals it must be the right choice!
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Larissa Gomes is a breast cancer survivor and single mom to her spirited baby boy! Originally from Toronto turned Angeleno, she has worked in roles from writer, actor and producer for well over a decade. In that time, she’s developed concepts, film and television screenplays, short stories, along with freelance articles, blogging and editing work.