What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is normal as well as a common emotion experienced by all. It is experienced when you are about to enter an exam hall or you are about to see your result. It gives weird feelings like increasing of heartbeats, sweating, butterflies in your stomach, etc. Our stomach has weird knots in it, sometimes it also feels like your body is having another heartbeat of its own in your stomach.
It usually builds in us when we feel or face the threat. It also prepares our body for the upcoming threats, deciding our flight or fight through it. It is common to experience anxiety, but if it persists then this experience turns into disorder.
The persistence of anxiety can be disabling, it can affect our concentration. It can also affect our productivity and our relationships as well when gone to it’s extreme
There are different types of anxiety disorders:
GAD (Generalized anxiety disorder)
The most common one is GAD (Generalized anxiety disorder). It is characterized by general anxiety, free-floating anxiety, a sense of uneasiness which can be quite disabling in daily life. It is found in 6 people amongst the 100.
The other type of anxiety disorder is panic attacks. In this a person feels that the world is about to end, they are about to die. This is an extreme case of anxiety disorders. The feel psychological and physical pain in this disorder. This also happens when a person faces trauma. It is known as post-traumatic stress disorder. In this, the person faces flashbacks, the nightmare of the traumatic situation. They also develop a kind of avoidance towards the objects that trigger their memory. They become hyperaware of the happening around them. Social Phobia and Acrophobia are other anxiety disorders
The symptoms observed in this are of two types: psychological and physical. Dry mouth, palpitations, shortness of breath, nausea, sweating are examples of physical symptoms. Nervousness, a sense of apprehension and unease, being anxious are psychological symptoms. They can have an impact on our daily life and workspace.
We can maintain our anxiety by taking good sleep, having a good diet, better social contacts, balance between work life, balancing your stress level. There are some people who try to cure themselves by taking alcohol, which can be dangerous. A good clinical assessment is the best way to cure your anxiety because sometimes a thyroid gland can also show similar systems. The best cure is the correct medication and psychological assessment. There are different types of models based on different types of symptoms of different people.
This current pandemic has scared the whole world by its severity. People sitting in their homes watching news and social media continuously leads to anxiety. The major thing which everyone should know is that they are in this together.
“ We are in this Together.”
How to overcome anxiety this pandemic?
People are isolated, lonely and bored due to social distancing. People usually fear of financial loss and fear of getting sick. Staying in their homes with not enough to do, people switch to television and social media. Overloading yourselves with updates of coronavirus is not safe, it wraps our mind with social fear of getting sick, making us more anxious.
Here are some ways to cope up with anxiety during social distancing:
- Regular schedule: maintaining a regular to do lists is necessary. Waking up daily on the same time, eating on the same time helps you maintain a healthy body clock.
- Self-care: we should eat healthily, take proper sleep naps, do exercise as it helps reducing stress and anxiety.
- Keep in touch with your family and friends with the help of video calls and social media.
- Take a break from all news about coronavirus, it’s important to be informed not to be overloaded.
- Most important: you should remember that you are not alone in this, we are all together.