Anxiety Therapy: Retrain Your Mind to Be Healthy and Happy

Instead of dwelling over and over on a negative thought or situation, train your mind to dwell on the positive. Even if you have to leave yourself post it notes on the bathroom mirror. It may seem silly but over time you can retrain your mind and take control of your own happiness and stave off anxiety. Remember to live in the present not the past. Nothing bugs me more then when I take my mom on a nice vacation and she is caught up in a negative situation that has happened to her in the past and she can’t enjoy the present. I think to myself “why did I even bother.” But then I realize that she can’t get past her negative thoughts because she is dwelling on them. She can’t be fully present in the moment of joy, but I can. Going over and over in your mind and replaying negative thoughts is akin to pouring “salt into an open wound”. Too much thinking about a problem often times makes it worse. You have often heard the old expression “paralysis by analysis.” Train your brain to focus on the positives in life. Use positive affirmations and write them down if you need to. A happy person enjoys their friends, their surroundings, beauty and the here and now.

Vitamins and supplements that may help:

If you have severe depression or bi-polar disorder then you need to see a mental health professional. But if you just have a mild case of seasonal affective disorder or a period of sadness in your life, why not try the natural way first. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression or winter time blues often affects us in the colder months of the year. Zap it quickly by taking vitamin D3 from (October until April). In summertime we get enough D3 just by going out in the sunshine for 10 minutes a day but your body doesn’t get this in the colder months. Taking a winter time cruise or south Florida vacation is also good during the winter months if you can afford it and take the time. The beach almost always works for me.

One vitamin that has been proven to fight bi-polar disorder and inflammation is Omega 3 or fish oil. If you don’t like fish or don’t think you can take the oil capsules you can also eat flax, flax seed or flax oil. Many cultures that have high fish diets have very low circumstances of depression, anxiety or bi-polar disorder.

St. Johns Wart and 5-HTP may also help with anxiety and depression. If you find that these vitamins are not working for you, you may have a hormonal imbalance or true depression that needs to be treated by a medical professional.

Another step toward positive thinking is through prayer and meditation and by using exercise. Exercise has been medically proven to release endorphins in the brain as well as serotonin. Serotonin is the compound present in anti-depressive medication. So you are giving your body what it needs through a very natural and constructive manner. So change your negative thoughts today through exercise, prayer, meditation, positive affirmations, and some vitamins. If all of this does not work seek a medical professional for help. Help is out there for you to rid yourself of anxiety.



Health Anxiety and Agoraphobia

When Panic and Health Anxiety Lead to Agoraphobia

Its always hard to know what came first, the chicken or the egg, right? Well, people with health anxiety are irrationally fearful of having a health emergency, and are extremely conscious of their bodily changes, and any symptoms they experiencing. People with panic attacks experience periods of intense fear or apprehension that can come along with some scary physical symptoms that can lead many sufferers to think they are experiencing a health emergency. Many people with panic attacks repeatedly go to the emergency room because they are not sure if their physical symptoms are anxiety or something more. So, in many cases onset of panic symptoms causes health anxiety, and for people who suffer from health anxiety, the constant stress of worrying can lead to panic attacks.

That being said, Panic attacks are very scary, especially when a person first starts to experience them. This is usually in young adulthood, but can vary from person to person. Panic attacks come with physical symptoms such as lightheadedness, trouble breathing, dizziness, sweating, rapid heart rate, nausea, and derealization, just to name some of them. The common belief about panic disorder is that attacks only last for a short time, and you are ok the rest of the time. That is very untrue, the rest of the time, a person is still feeling anxious, often, the anxiety never fully leaves, . This is because sufferers are worried about when another panic attack will come, and they start to feel as if they are not in control of their own body. Since there is constant anxiety, there is also constantly physical symptoms resulting from the anxiety.

When you add health anxiety to the mix, it can really exacerbate things. When a person has health anxiety along with panic attacks, there is really no telling where one ends and the other begins. The mindset from people who suffer from these intertwined disorders is very on edge. Many of go through every day debilitated by the health worry. They are afraid they are not in control of their body, that something is wrong, that they might have a heart attack, a stroke, multiple sclerosis, whatever. They look up symptoms on the internet, schedule doctor appointments, and are always aware of their body. Constantly being under stress can also affect the immune system, which is another thing to factor in.

The anxiety can be overwhelming, and when anxiety is at its peak, panic attacks are likely to occur. At this point, it does not really matter which came first, all of this is clearly affecting ones life and it slowly starts to make a person’s world smaller. Sufferers may not want to go out in public places, be in crowds, stand in lines, have a job, or socialize. Mostly, this is because they do not feel like they are in control of their own body, the anxiety attacks and the symptoms they are dealing with, and without treatment, it will only get worse.

Agoraphobia is defined as an irrational fear of wide open spaces or places that are crowded, or hard to escape. It is a disorder that usually goes hand in hand with panic disorder and most sufferers stay in “safe zones” to avoid losing control or having a panic attack in public. Obviously, people usually have panic attacks when they are anxious. If people avoid situation where presume they will feel nervous or not in control, they will be less likely to panic. If untreated, their world becomes smaller and smaller, until they may not even leave …

Do You Have Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

If you worry more than the average Joe about the simple things in life, you could have GAD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder. This anxiety disorder can interrupt your daily life and become debilitating if you worry excessively. GAD can consume a person and their life. Not only can it consume you and your life, GAD can cause other health problems. You can consult your doctor if you feel your worrying is causing you excessive anxieties for treatment options.

Of course we all worry about our jobs, money, relationships, and health daily or on occasion, but when the worries about any of these things or other things to the point it becomes an obsession or irrational. This is where the health problems can kick in. This obsession causes a person to become so distracted with their worries, they get into a state of mind where they are unable to function or be able to do anything else.

For those with GAD, they are unable to focus on anything else from the time they wake until they fall asleep. Even after falling asleep, they may not be able to get a good night’s sleep due to having worried excessively about things that are out of their control. In most instances of worrying, the things they worry about often haven’t any merit. For instance, worrying about how your friend is going to pay for their new car is an example of unneeded worrying.

For example, worrying about what another person is or is not doing is an unfounded worry, especially if the person is a grown adult who is leading their own lives. Another person’s happenings, such as their family or job, has no bearing generally on your life. This type of worrying is unhealthy for those who fall into this area of anxiety. Many times those who excessively worry about what others are doing can have their blood pressure increase, have sleepless nights, restlessness, and some of the other symptoms mentioned below.

Doctors haven’t figured out exactly what causes GAD. This can hinder a diagnosis and treatment. Some common symptoms of GAD are sweating or hot flashes, sleeping problems, appetite changes, fatigue, nausea, problems breathing, headaches, muscle tension, and restlessness. While many of these symptoms, could be a cause for another medical condition, let your doctor know if you are having stress or anxiety problems due to other problems in your life. This can help your doctor with diagnosing GAD or any of the other anxiety disorders.



When Panic Attacks My Health

Coping with Anxiety

Maintaining emotional health can be challenging for anyone who is having a bad day. For people who suffer from regular panic attacks, even a good day can be a challenge when coping with anxiety. Factors such as past trauma, relationship problems, work-related stress, financial worries, body health, arguments with friends, family and even strangers all have been known to trigger panic attacks. Many of the medications prescribed by health practitioners come with a list of crippling side effects. Aside from medication, what are some ways to manage panic attacks and anxiety?

The First of Many Panic Attacks
My idea of coping with normal teenage life was anticipating the next day I would spend with my boyfriend. When I wasn’t with him, I thought about normal teenage problems like my struggles with academics, friend trouble, and family that didn’t understand me. My first panic attack happened at the age of 17. It started with a pounding in my chest, and a feeling of blockage in my throat that made it difficult to breathe.

Another four years went by before I was diagnosed with panic attacks. The drugs prescribed by my health clinic treated both anxiety and panic attacks. The prescription label instructed me to take the medication several times a day. I experienced a great deal of insomnia, and other times I could not get enough sleep. It also caused many health problems including lightheadedness, increased depression, dry mouth, drowsiness, irritability, and body weakness. The anxiety medication made me feel worse than the panic attacks.

A Natural Approach to Coping with Anxiety
Now I take a more natural approach to coping with my anxiety. To calm my anxiety and prevent panic attacks, I make small changes in my life. Through my work with animals, to practicing breathing exercises, and listening to music, I have experienced a great improvement in my anxiety. Even some of the worst panic attacks can be fixed with the right music. The music assists with the mind’s ability to focus on the task of calming and coping with problems on an individual basis.

The first key to coping with anxiety naturally for me was being able to accept that I had control over my body. Once I had control over my body, I felt that I had control over my life. I did not let the anxiety ruin my life. Instead, I allowed it to help me understand how to live it.…

Drinking Less Water Affects Your Health, Causes Anxiety

Ever go about your day feeling like you are floating in a fog? Ever get that dizzy, merry-go-round feeling like you’re walking on wavy ground? Do you feel light-headed and faint, like you are going to pass out or your legs are going to give out underneath you?

Sounds like you need a glass of water.

Oddly enough, dizziness and light-headedness can lead to anxiety. When a person feels faint, it’s a feeling like they need to eat and are suddenly weak and unable to support their own weight. They need to sit down, the light is too bright, their eyes won’t focus on one particular object or face, and the mind won’t focus AT ALL.

When a body is under stress, it reacts physically, often by going into various mini-versions of “shut down” mode. This leaves the body weak and disoriented, and in urgent need of a break and a calm-down session.

Many people assume they are light-headed because they are tired, hungry, or have too much going on at once. While these are valid culprits, more often than not the greatest relief will come in the form of a huge glass of good ol H20. When a body is severely dehydrated (over 70 % of Americans are dehydrated on a daily basis) it cannot function to its fullest capacity. People treat their sluggish, dizzy conditions with caffeine and sugary foods to up their energy, which actually makes their symptoms worse.

If you are dizzy or light-headed, get a glass of water and SIT DOWN already. Your body is telling you it needs a break, so indulge it and consume a leisurely glass of water and clear your head. Often, anxiety is even caused by water deprivation, as the “fight or flight” response is is heightened when a body is in distress. Since the body spends a lot of energy when it’s in an anxious state, your already dizzy, sluggish self is further afflicted by anxious jitters and is in terrible need of relief.

Avoiding caffeine during the day helps balance the body’s need for water. Caffeine is a diuretic, so it causes the body to expel needed fluids from the body. Caffeine also masks the body’s natural cry for water, so when the energy from caffeine wears of, the worn-out body will react even more strongly than it already was, leaving you nauseous on top of the inability to focus.

Calm down. Your body has so many stressors both physically and mentally that it needs a break to regroup and create energy at various points of the day. Drinking water throughout the day helps calm the body down immensely, and if the body is physically calm, it is easier to become mentally calm on top of it.

Treat your body like a car. A car needs fuel to run, so does your body. Your body’s fuel is water. Consume water as your energy level tank gets low and you will find your energy peaking and ebbing much less.

If you pay attention to the warning signs of dehydration and shut down your body is giving you (dizziness, light-headedness, anxiety, unable to focus, jitters etc) and consume more water, you will feel more healthy, relaxed, focused and energized, naturally.