Most people experience anxiety at some time. If you have had a stressful day, a lot on your mind, a job interview or a doctor’s appointment, it’s natural to be anxious. Some say that a little anxiety is a good thing. It can heighten your senses, make you more aware and releases adrenaline and other chemicals into your body. This is our natural early warning system, known as the “fight or flight” mechanism, which perceives oncoming danger.
Anxiety, like alcohol, is fine in moderation. When it happens frequently and becomes more severe, it can be an issue, especially when it feels like it has taken over your life. Those worried and anxious all the time may be suffering from an anxiety disorder, where the root of the problem is often in the person’s mind. This is what releases the fight or flight chemicals, that may eventually display physically, in the form of panic attacks, which can be unpleasant.
Common Signs of Panic Attacks
- Rapid and/or irregular heartbeat
- Fast breathing
- Weakened / tense muscles
- Churning stomach / loose bowels
- Dry mouth
We are dedicated to treating various types of anxiety disorder ranging from general anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress syndrome to panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. What these disorders have in common is that the sufferer experiences a heightened sense of anxiety, which if left unchecked, could have a lasting effect on your psychological and physical state.
Getting help for anxiety disorders
Although it can be tough to open up about handling anxiety, it can be healthy to talk with friends, family or somebody who has had a related experience. Although you might feel nervous or afraid to talk about your thoughts with other people, involving others can be a way to cope with anxiety and being heard can help you feel comforted.
If you’re suffering from anxiety or think you may be showing symptoms of an anxiety disorder, you do not have to suffer alone. If you feel you may need additional support, for instance, cognitive behaviour therapy can help you unravel the root of your anxiety and discover where it stems from, while also providing you with tools for how to manage anxious episodes better.
Create a journal of when you feel anxious, what occurs and what set it off. By accepting these and providing yourself with tips to deal with these triggers, you will be fully equipped in anxiety-inducing circumstances.
Discovering relaxation routines can help you moderate feelings of anxiety. Exercises like yoga, meditation, will ease your breathing and help you control the way you feel about trying experiences.
Physical activity can trigger brain chemicals that elevate your spirit, wellness and stress levels. This will act as a prevention and treatment for anxiety as well as leading to improved self-esteem and self-worth.
Eat healthy foods like lots of fruit and vegetables. Try to avoid sugary foods as they cause an initial sugar ‘rush,’ followed by a sharp dip in blood sugar levels which can give you anxious reactions. Caffeine can also heighten anxiety levels, so try to avoid drinking too many teas or coffees.
Therapy and Rehab
The anxiety treatment we promote is highly structured, and you must be willing to attend therapy sessions throughout the day. Treatment options are available on an outpatient and residential nature. Generally, we recommend residential treatment given the advantages this form of therapy has over other types of available treatment.
At our clinics, you can also employ a mixture of holistic therapies to help you discover natural forms of relaxation as well as offering the latest in trauma therapy, which has been very successful in treating sufferers whose anxiety stems from a traumatic event from their past.
If you are struggling with feelings of stress or anxiety, and you do not feel a residential treatment is for you, you should contact your GP who will be able to listen to your symptoms and experiences, and then recommend the best course of action for you. For additional support, try one of the following resources:
We have vast experience in treating a range of anxiety disorders. So why not contact Rehab Guide for the most affordable universal treatment you can find?
Call us today on 02072052845 for free advice.