Would you consider yourself an anxious person?

Anxiety is a steep road to navigate. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix or proven formula to remedy it. Mental health difficulties can feel isolating, debilitating and hopeless.

If you’re going through a tough time, here are five facts to give you peace of mind – to offer you some solace when things become challenging.

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Your anxiety might affect your physical health

If you have ever had an anxiety attack, then, of course, you know the physiological side effects: heightened breathing, a sense of panic, increased heart rate, etc.

However, if you have been suffering from a prolonged bout of anxiety, it’s essential you keep an eye on your overall general health.

Anxiety can cause stomach issues or irritate IBS symptoms for those that have digestive problems. Anxiety can also disrupt your sleep, create chronic headaches or weaken your immune system.

If you’re experiencing anxiety, keep track of your overall health and make sure to seek a doctor if you find you are suffering from physical ailments.

Exercise can help reduce your anxiety

Take a walk! Book into a yoga class! Join a gym!

It’s easy to allow yourself to become isolated when you’re experiencing any mental health disorder. However, get active. Activity increases “happy hormones” and can help decrease your anxiety symptoms.

Find something you’re comfortable with and get moving!

Your anxiety may be unlike other peoples’

Despite how common anxiety is, it can present differently in different people.

The symptoms of anxiety between you and your sister/friend/father/etc. may be entirely different. Try not to compare your symptoms with anybody else’s.

And remember: just because someone is suffering differently, doesn’t mean they aren’t suffering.

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Your anxiety could progress to Obsessive Compulsive Order, Generalized Anxiety Disorder or Social Anxiety

Don’t stress yourself out, but it is something to keep an eye on.

Sometimes, broad anxiety can evolve into a more specific disorder. If you find that your anxiety is progressing, then keep in mind that there is the potential for a different diagnosis.

Take advantage of mental health professionals and book an appointment with your general physician if you have concerns.

You are not alone

Feeling an overall sense of doom and isolation is typical in people suffering from anxiety or depression.

Despite how alienated you may feel, remind yourself that you are NOT alone. Anxiety is the most common mental health concern among Canadian’s.

There are many medical professionals that are trained to help you! Take advantage of your resources.

Anxiety ADDS to the person you are!

Having anxiety can feel hopeless, and you might find it easy to get down on yourself. However, despite the challenges that your anxiety might have, remember the positives!

Because of your anxiety, you might nourish your friendships more than you used too. Maybe you pay more attention to detail now, have become more active, or have become better at being alone!

Remember that your anxiety isn’t necessarily your enemy.

Even though the road seems difficult right now, keep breathing. Keep track of the severity and frequency of your anxiety and be mindful of your triggers.

Be patient with yourself and believe that a smoother day will come. As you become accustomed to your anxiety, you’ll learn to cope with it as well.

Written by Celina Dawdy