What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a natural response to danger, an automatic alarm that goes off in your body when you feel threatened, under pressure, or are facing a stressful situation.
This is built into our bodies to ensure survival – which means anxiety is actually a good thing. It can help you stay alert and focused, cause you to act, and motivate you to solve problems.
However, constant and overwhelming anxiety is not good – and can take a huge toll on your health. When it is no longer functional and instead interfering with your relationships and daily activities, we have no reached a point where anxiety is unhealthy and damaging.
What are some of the signs of unhealthy anxiety?
Anxiety can manifest in many physical and emotional ways, but here is a short list of the most common symptoms:
- excessive worry
- sleep problems
- irrational fears
- muscle tension
- digestive issues (i.e. indigestion, nausea)
Do any of these sound familiar? If so, don’t fret, you are certainly not alone. Anxiety disorders are actually on the rise in the US.
In fact, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 40 million adults over the age of 18.
And women are TWICE as likely to have an anxiety disorder as men.
Do you feel anxious? Were you recently diagnosed with a scary health condition? Did the doctor tell you that you need to take better care of yourself?
If so, this is the post for you. Remember that the long-term affects of anxity on the body can be quite severe, so it is important to take the steps towards managing your stress and anxiety right away. Take a look at this super helpful infographic:
Women today are super stressed – and super anxious. And now, we are getting sick.
But I promise, there is good news!!
All of this is totally reversible!!
Now that you understand what is happening in your body, you can change it.
You don’t HAVE to live like this. You CAN experience calm and happiness.
The first and most important step in managing stress and anxiety is to develop some basic stress management skills.
To get started, grab a copy of my Quick Bliss Pocket Guide to get some simple stress management tips you can start using right now.
Then, hop on over to our Facebook Group, Blissful Warriors, to connect with other women that are are also on their wellness journey.
Learn how to listen to your body.
Allow your body time to heal.
Acquire the skills to live a healthy, happy, balanced life.