HOW ANXIETY AFFECTS THE BODY
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress; it alerts us to dangers and reminds us to stay attentive. However, anxiety that differs from normal feelings of nervousness can affect our job performance, schoolwork and personal relationships. According to the Barlow, D. H. (2002), anxiety is an uncontrollable, unpleasant
and persistent state of negative affect characterized by apprehensive anticipation of unpredictable and unavoidable future danger. This negative affect is often accompanied with symptoms of tension.
How does anxiety affect our bodies?
Anxiety can manifest in our body in a number of ways. According to Patriquin and Mathew (2017) symptoms of anxiety include the following:
How to cope with anxiety?
The next time you are feeling anxious, try of these self-management strategies found to promote personal recovery and symptoms reduction (Villagi, et. al, 2015).
Anxiety can often feel like a roadblock that prevents us from leading normal lives. By understanding our symptoms and finding coping strategies to use when feeling overwhelmed, we can manage our anxiety and reduce our stress.
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Patriquin MA, Mathew SJ. (2017). The Neurobiological Mechanisms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Chronic Stress. Chronic Stress. doi:10.1177/2470547017703993
Villaggi B, Provencher H, Coulombe S, et al. (2015). Self-Management Strategies in Recovery From Mood and Anxiety Disorders. Global Qualitative Nursing
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Elizabeth Oldham is an LPC-S and co-founder of Transform & Renew, PLLC. She specializes in co-dependency, anxiety and OCD, depression and mood disorders.