Everyone can feel anxious sometimes. It’s only human. But what happens when anxiety and worry take control over your life. What then? I have anxiety disorder and it’s hard sometimes to keep myself calm and collected, to work through the worry that builds up my anxious feeling. One thing that I find really (annoying) is that not many people understand that a person cannot always help the anxiety they are feeling. There is no (on / off) switch we can just miraculously tune into.
Anxiety affects over 47% of the Canadian population but it is also one of the least understood illnesses. Having anxiety disorder. is something that many people struggle to maintain control over while trying to understand the effects it has on their physical and mental well-being.
Symptoms of Anxiety
- Heart palpitations
- Pain in the back, neck or shoulders (body stiffness)
- Gas or digestive problems
- Trouble sleeping
- Constant worrying about life and things.
- A flood of emotions.
- The feeling of dread or death coming.
- Pins and needles all over the body.
These are just a few of the symptoms that can strike a person dealing with anxiety disorder. If you are suffering from anxiety, don’t worry you aren’t alone.
Suffering from anxiety can often make you feel alone as though you are walking across a dry desert without water. I have to focus not to spend my days worrying about things. You also don’t realize how much having anxiety can affect your health, mind, body and spirit. There is no shame in it though. Get help if you need it. Talk to someone. You can learn how to cope and deal with your anxiety. Don’t allow the stigma that is attached to anxiety stop you.
It’s okay to have bad days, and it’s also okay to suffer from anxiety. Accepting the way you feel is the first step toward gaining mental health. It doesn’t matter what others think. Who cares. The only thing that matters is what you think and feel, and you can learn to cope and deal with things in a manner that will provide you a long and happy life.