Coping with anxiety

Feelings of anxiety can be a result of life experiences, such as job loss, relationship breakdown, serious illness, major accident, or the death of someone close. Feeling anxious in these situations is appropriate and usually we feel anxious for only a limited time. However when those feeling become persistent and cause extreme discomfort and tension it is diagnosed as an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety is a mental disorder that can be very difficult to live with, it take some serious commitment and life style change to beat this mental illness. Although each disorder has its own specific characteristics, most respond well to psychological treatments and/or medication.

Psychological treatments

Talk to Someone

Taking to a friend about your worries and what makes you anxious can be huge be a relief. It may be that just having someone listen to you and show they care can help in itself. There are also some helpline such as the Samaritans and Anxiety UK both will help you talk to someone about your anxiety.

Breathing

Focusing on your breathing can help relax your body and calm you down, so sit with your legs uncrossed, good posture, and place your hands on your thighs. Close your eyes. Inhale deeply through your nose into your abdomen for a long count of five seconds (your chest should move only a little). You can try using the 4-7-8 method, which means breathing in for 4 seconds, holding your breath for 7, and breathing out for 8. Breathing will help you get rid of all the negative thoughts and the anxious feelings.

Distract yourself

Take some time out and find something you want to pay attention to like a favourite podcast that you enjoy listening to watch a movie or binge on a TV show. The key to successful use of distraction when you’re anxious is to be patient with yourself if you find you’re still getting some thought intrusions about the anxiety-provoking topic.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Loosen any tight clothing, sit or lie comfortably, and close your eyes. Tense different muscles of your body as much as you can for at least a count of 10 (never so tight or long that it hurts!). Then, slowly release the tension and allow the muscle to relax. Let that feeling of relaxation flow through your body. Start at your feet and move up.

Creative Visualization

This is a technique where you imagine a scene, place or situation you regard as safe, restful, and happy. Sit comfortably in a quiet place. Breathe gently through your nose, eyes closed. Picture in your mind the place you like – a forest, the beach, a field. Try and smell the aromas, taste the air, hear the sounds. Feel your body relax. Continue for at least 10 minutes.

Medication

Serax (oxazepam) is an antianxiety medication usually prescribed for short periods of time to help ease symptoms of anxiety. It also helps to relieve sleeplessness caused by being anxious. Oxazepam is the metabolite of several other benzodiazepines.

Fluoxetine (Prozac) It’s a type of antidepressant known as an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor). Its sued mostly to treat depression and anxiety disorders. This drug is one of the most widely prescribed antidepressants in the world.

Zoloft (sertraline) Sertraline  Is also an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor), this drug affect chemicals in the brain which makes it useful for treating depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

Cannabis

Cannabis induces a state of intoxicated relaxation, euphoria, and dreaminess for users. It is considered a “soft” drug and can pave the way for experimentation with other substances. Cannabis is a leaf of a plant grown (usually home grown) from various strains of cannabis seeds. These seeds can be found from various online cannabis seeds retailers like ICE Cannabis Seeds.

It is quick acting. When smoked, the pot’s first effects are usually felt within seconds. The peak follows within minutes and then declines sharply after about forty-five minutes, with a ninety-minute tail-off.

You feel a general sense of well being and relaxation, giddiness and euphoria. You may also experience introspective dreaminess, increased appreciation of music, sleepiness and time distortion. The effects can be subtle. First-time users often detect little or no effect.

The first sensation that user may produce is a sense of euphoria. The initial high evolves into a sense of calmness. The individual then feels very relaxed. In this state, a short time can seem like an hour. During this time, the pot smoker’s senses are heightened and everything he or she sees smells and tastes is different than normal. The change in color perception is aided by the dilation of the user’s pupils.

Cannabis is also famous for stimulating the appetite (especially, it would seem, for Wheat Crunchies and chocolate flavored milk). These short bursts of extreme hunger are known universally as the “munchies” and sweet things are especially craved during this phase of the experience.