Okay, to be totally honest with you, shit gets real in your 20s. I don't care what you're situation is. You can be a student, a mom, a mom and a student, a career woman, an employee and a student, a full time employee with bills... the list goes on my dear. It gets so real sometimes that a lot of us can experience a whirlwind of anxiety and we don't know how to handle. But, don't worry we got you. First let's talk about what anxiety really is.
Anxiety is a normal human emotion that everyone experiences at times. Many people feel anxious, or nervous, when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or making an important decision. Anxiety disorders, however, are different. They can cause such distress that it interferes with a person's ability to lead a normal life (webmd.com)
THE TYPES OF ANXIETY:
- Panic disorder: People with this condition have feelings of terror that strike suddenly and repeatedly with no warning. Other symptoms of a panic attack include sweating, chest pain, palpitations (unusually strong or irregular heartbeats), and a feeling of choking, which may make the person feel like he or she is having aheart attack or "going crazy."
- Social anxiety disorder: Also called social phobia, social anxiety disorder involves overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations. The worry often centers on a fear of being judged by others, or behaving in a way that might cause embarrassment or lead to ridicule.
- Specific phobias: A specific phobia is an intense fear of a specific object or situation, such as snakes, heights, or flying. The level of fear is usually inappropriate to the situation and may cause the person to avoid common, everyday situations.
- Generalized anxiety disorder: This disorder involves excessive, unrealistic worry and tension, even if there is little or nothing to provoke the anxiety.
- Feelings of panic, fear, and uneasiness
- Problems sleeping
- Cold or sweaty hands and/or feet
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations
- An inability to be still and calm
- Dry mouth
- Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
- Muscle tension
There's nothing wrong with you my dear, it's just something that happens when shit hits the fan, our brains change, or there's a bit of enviromental stress. Your 20s is pretty much the prime time for anxiety.
HOW TO PREVENT IT:
- Stop or reduce consumption of products that contain caffeine, such as coffee, tea, cola, energy drinks, and chocolate.
- Ask your doctor or pharmacist before taking any over-the-counter medicines or herbal remedies. Many contain chemicals that can increase anxiety symptoms.
- Seek counseling and support if you start to regularly feel anxious with no apparent cause.
What to do when you have an anxiety attack:
- Breathe in for 4 secs.
- Hold your breath for 7 secs.
- Exhale breath for 8 seconds
- Repeat once or twice
Try these free apps out for daily meditation!
- PTSD Coach
- Positive Activity Jackpot
- Recovery Record
- Relax Melodies