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11 Psychological Tricks That Every Person With Anxiety Needs To Know

The most common things nowadays, unfortunately, are stress and anxiety. We experience these on a daily basis.

If you are stressed, then, the amygdala (the brain that contributes to emotional processing) sends a distress signal to the hypothalamus. Also, it uses the nervous system to communicate with the rest of the body this way stimulating the fight-or-flight response.

This leads to outward physical reaction connected to stress like increased heart rate, deeper intake of oxygen, heightened senses, and a rush of adrenaline. This releases cortisol. This hormone will restore all the energy that the body used and when the stress is gone, the levels will drop, thus making you tired.

According to the Mayo Clinic:

‘Stress symptoms may be affecting your health, even though you might not realize it. You may think illness is to blame for that nagging headache your frequent insomnia or your decreased productivity at work.

But stress may actually be the culprit. Stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.’

Common Effects of Stress and Anxiety

  • Headaches
  • Muscles tension or pain
  • Change in sex drive
  • Upset stomach
  • Irritability or anger
  • Sadness or depression
  • Overeating or undereating
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Sleep problems
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Lack of motivation or focus

Still, we would recommend you, if you have time to do the following exercise daily.

How to Relax Your Mind and Body with the Following Exercises

Meditation

Meditation can relax and heal the body and the mind. This is so because it focuses on the inside of the body instead of all the factors around you.

Adult Coloring Books

According to clinical psychologist Scott M. Bea, Psy. D:

‘Adult coloring requires modest attention focused outside of self-awareness. It is a simple activity that takes us outside ourselves. In the same way, cutting the lawn, knitting, or taking a Sunday drive can be relaxing.’

Essential Oils

These have been used for a long time to treat anxiety in a natural way. They can help you fall asleep, improve your health and lower stress.

Writing Down Your Feelings

Writing down feelings can help you control your feelings and thoughts, lower the stress and analyze all traumas in life.

Chewing Gum

Some studies have proven that chewing gums can lower stress and improve your mood. Moreover, it can fight anxiety and fatigue.

Laughter

Laughing can improve your mood and decrease the amount of stress. Therefore, if you are feeling anxious you can find or do something funny to laugh in order to solve the problem.

Listen to Music

Music can impact your mood immensely. Therefore, if you are feeling stressed, listen to some of your favorite songs.

Mindful Breathing

Mindful breathing means focusing your breath in order to soothe your nerves and relieve stress. This will also soothe the body.

Hold an Ice Cube in Your Hand

Holding an ice cube can fight acute anxiety. Just hold the ice cube and the system will want to focus on your hand rather than whatever might be causing your panic. Moreover, the discomfort from the cold will act as an intentional distraction.

Cuddle

One of the best ways to reduce stress is cuddling. This is because our hormone releases the oxytocin hormone which inhibits cortisol and improves the mood.

Get a Pet

Getting a pet will be the perfect antidepressant which will lower the stress levels and will boost the mood.

The Mayo Clinic also suggests taking steps to manage your stress. Do the following:

  • Regular physical activity
  • Relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation, yoga, tai chi or a massage.
  • Keeping a sense of humor.
  • Socializing with family and friends.
  • Setting time aside for hobbies, like reading a book or listening to music.

 

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9 Signs You’re Overstressed and Don’t Know It

Science and medicine have become so advanced nowadays that we can actually see how much chaos can be caused in our body from stress. Therefore, this can cause different problems and serious diseases to the mind and body.

What stress does is it weakens our immune system and it accelerates our aging process. Moreover, it increases the risk of Parkinson’s disease and it makes us exposed to different colds and viruses.

The symptoms of stress are basically still not very known, so, this means that you cannot see it immediately. Thus, it can lead to bigger damage to the health.

When our body senses stress, it can react in different ways, like:

  • The main organs- the stomach and the colon will start giving up slowly bit by bit.
  • The body will need more blood, so it will take it from the stomach and the colon.
  • Thus, the food will stay there and it will rot in the colon.
  • 90% of the diseases in the colon are fought by the immune system.
  • So, when we lack blood, the organs are getting older faster.

What this means is that you need to be able to recognize the earliest signs and symptoms of being over-stressed. This way you will be able to act on time and start a proper treatment.

9 Signs You Are Over-Stressed

1. Hair Loss

The founder of the Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology Carolyn Jacob claims that the first signs of being over-stressed are hair changes. According to some studies, we lose 100 hairs a day, this happens even if you are healthy. However, the stress changes the normal physiologic functions and the loss of hair is higher.

2. Constantly Feeling Anxious

If you are feeling anxious or restless often, it might mean that you are over-stressed. This will get even worse if you cannot find anything that relaxes you.

3. Insomnia

Stress can easily cause your sleeping pattern to change. So, if you cannot sleep and you suffer from insomnia, you need to calm yourself down before bed. This is how you can protect yourself from health problems and diseases.

4. Impatience

If you are stressed all the time, then it must be really easy to make you irritated, angry or even to make you lose your temper and be extremely impatient.

5. Physical Pain

Stress can cause also a lot of body malfunctions like palpitation, diarrhea, tense muscles, ulcers, chest pain, and even stomach problems. Moreover, it can be the main reason for pain in your body, for headaches and sometimes even severe arthritis.

6. Weight Gain

Stress can sometimes cause your weight to change. It can also make you lose appetite and lose weight, or the opposite- it can slow down the metabolism and make you gain a lot of weight.

7. Thinking About Work Even at Home

If you are thinking about your work and you are occupied with finances all the time, it can bring a lot of stress. Thus, we recommend you to relax when you are at home at least and try not to think about it.

8. Low Libido

Stress reduces the number of hormones that are meant for sexual activity. This can lead to exhaustion, impotence, and low libido.

9. You Get Moody

Due to the fact that stress affects your hormone levels, it also affects your mood and causes complications like mental health problems, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and addictions.

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