by Yasmin Nolasco

Have you ever felt like your heart was racing with an uncomfortable rush of fear? This feeling is most likely considered anxiety. Anxiety can be a temporary reaction to a stressful situation or exam. If anxiety symptoms persist for weeks and even months this could be a sign of anxiety disorder and you may want to talk to your doctor about it. 

Anxiety disorders are conditions in which you have anxiety that does not go away and can get worse over time. The symptoms can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, schoolwork, and relationships. The symptoms can vary from feeling restless, tense, binge eating, shaking your leg, rapid heartbeat, aches or pains, dizziness, or changes in behavior such as avoiding everyday activities you used to do.

Notice if anxiety is a temporary reaction or ongoing for days? Some anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, phobia, social anxiety disorder, and separation anxiety disorder.

Keep in mind that coffee, alcohol, cigarettes, or medications can worsen the symptoms.

Try these methods to decrease anxiety:

  • Take a walk or other cardio workout
  • Dance
  • Yoga
  • Get a good night’s rest
  • Deep breaths/Meditation
  • Massage
  • Acupuncture (Chinese medicine)
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Write or Journal
  • Speak to someone
  • Calming Music (Calm App)
  • CBD or cannabis or ashwagandha
  • Calming tea like chamomile with lavender
  • Aromatherapy such as lavender
  • Visualize a calm place or envision solutions
  • Get Creative with an activity that you enjoy (Art)

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