Constant anxiety, however, can make certain health issues worse. There are also medical problems that develop over time as a result of prolonged or frequent anxiety. It’s important to learn how to manage your anxiety, so you can take care of your overall physical health.
Effects of Anxiety
When you have anxiety, your body produces adrenalin, a stress hormone that allows your heart to work harder so you can have the energy to deal with the perceived danger or stressful situation. As your heart races, the adrenalin causes excess energy and makes you feel jumpy. In more intense situations, such as a traumatic accident, your body produces even more adrenaline. In fact, even the thought of these types of situations can trigger severe anxiety.
When anxiety is intense, many people experience symptoms such as:
- Heart pounding
- Poor sleep
- Stomachaches and headaches
- Tingling in the legs and arms
Uncontrolled anxiety can affect your work and relationships. In addition, severe and constant anxiety can cause common medical issues, such as high blood pressure, allergies, and digestive problems.
Ways To Manage Anxiety
It’s important to talk with your doctor if you are experiencing prolonged anxiety. They will work with you to develop a treatment plan that will help your anxiety and any related health condition. The treatment plan might include medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes such as those listed below.
Aside from medical treatment, here are ways to manage anxiety and protect your health:
- Spend time with trusted friends and family.
- Talk with a therapist about your feelings.
- Exercise regularly or stay active.
- Eat nutritious foods.
- Set aside enough time for sleep and rest.
- Avoid drugs, alcohol, and caffeine.
- Learn relaxation exercises or meditation.
- Focus on the positive.
Different people have different ways of managing their anxiety. If you’re dealing with anxiety, talk with your doctor and try the suggestions above to find what works best for you so you can improve your quality of life — and enjoy it.