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The Best Exercises For Anxiety

Keeping yourself physically fit is really important for someone with anxiety. The last thing you would want to do while you have anxiety is go out and move however we need to understand the importance of physical exercise here.  Not only does moving your body make you feel happier and healthier. it also improves your immune system, helping your body perform better in different seasons. Even though everyone's body is different, there are two specific exercises which would benefit most people which include  Hiking & Dancing Hiking Try going out of the city to a mountain and try to hike as far as you can. Not only will this improve your stamina, but also your mental health. Going to new places can help your brain freshen up and especially going for a woodland stroll can be a mind-boosting activity for you. Some studies have even found that being around older plants and trees can have a positive effect on your heart and your mind since they emit chemicals to help slow down their de

Quick Reads #14 - Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR)

Some people get intense muscle tension during anxiety attacks. Your body feels tense and usually results in your body aching all throughout. Muscle tension can even results in headaches! Do you tense up as well during anxiety? Maybe you should try PMR or Progressive Muscle Relaxation! In this, you tense specific muscles and then relax them slowly to increase your capacity for tensing and reducing pain and this can even help you fall asleep. Here are the steps you should follow to practice PMR Tip : Tense the muscle for 5 seconds but make sure you do not have any pain. Make a fist with your right hand. Bring your right forearm up to your shoulder to tense it Do the same with your left arm and left hand. Raise your eyebrows as high as they will go. Squeeze your eyes tight shut. Open your mouth as wide as you can. Tense the muscles in your shoulders as you bring your shoulders up towards your head. Push your shoulder blades back, trying to almost touch them together, so that your chest i

When Does Anxiety Turn Into A Problem?

We keep on hearing that you should seek help for anxiety if it's becoming a problem in your life but how do we determine if anxiety has reached that far in your life? Having mild or occasional anxiety is completely normal however it can get out of control really quick if you don't keep an eye on it. Mild anxiety is supposed to keep us safe and sound by giving us a foresight yet sometimes it can become the very thing that ruins our future. To keep it simple, anxiety will become a problem when Anxiety becomes intense and you cannot control your body. Anxiety becomes a daily habit which you cannot get rid of. Anxiety stops you from doing what you love or used to love. Anxiety starts even if there is no true danger for example from hearing loud noises or strong smells. Feeling restless without any reason, having sleeping problems every night and waking up tired every day, or just not being able to control you worries, it all comes back to anxiety becoming a problem. If you cann

This Is What I Fear #5 - Glossophobia

The most common fear on earth, Glossophobia, the fear of public speaking affects nearly half of us. Even though it isn't dangerous, it can cause a great amount of discomfort for the person affected when speaking in front of groups. Just like other fears, Glossophobia is linked to anxiety, specifically social anxiety disorder also known as SAD. Many people who experience Glossophobia have the fight-flight-or-freeze response towards it where they may experience either an increase in energy levels. Other common symptoms include but are not limited to rapid heartbeat, sweating, dizziness, urges to run or get away from the situation or even fainting. Understanding that Glossophobia is creating an image in your head out of proportions and that it cannot hurt you is a step forward to conquering it. It can even be hereditary! Psychotherapy can help you conquer your fear of public speaking. If your phobia is causing you intense amount of anxiety, talk to a GP for help Image by mohamed Hassa

Myth Or Fact #14 - PTSD Is Only About Flashbacks

Is this a Myth Or A Fact? "PTSD is only about flashbacks" Myth PTSD is a mental illness and like other mental illnesses, PTSD varies from person to person. It's true that people with PTSD experience flashbacks but it's not the only thing they experience. Someone with PTSD can feel heart palpitations, intense anger, constantly feel in danger and can easily develop other mental illnesses. Sometimes PTSD can go as far as making the person feel detached to the world.

Your Mental Health Will Thank You If You Do These 5 Things Daily!

When someone refers to your mental health, they are usually talking about your disorder such as anxiety or depression. Treating yourself nicely goes a long way but most people don't know how to start taking care of their body and mind. Here are 5 things, that if done daily, can improve your mental health really quickly! Drink Water Drinking water has countless benefits where not only does it help you control your emotions better, it also promotes blood flow to your brain, reduces stress, and helps your body stay physically fit for a longer period of time. Tell Yourself Something Positive The world is surrounded with negative words and negative people so having someone, even yourself say something positive to yourself helps improve your mental health, even if you say just one thing daily as it all adds up. Positive words or phrases include I can do this! I love a challenge! If I work hard enough, it will lead to success I need to work hard to reach my goals! Get 8 Hours Of Sleep Sle

Quick Reads #13 - Anxiety In Kids

Anxiety can be tough for adults but it's even tougher for kids to manage. As a parent, knowing if your kid suffers from anxiety can help them become a better human being and help keep their mental health intact. Anxiety in kids is becoming more and more common as life becomes more digital but that doesn't mean we should blame technology for it but instead a parent should be taking care of the screen time kids receive in their daily life. There are many common symptoms of anxiety in kids which include but are not limited to - Finding it hard to concentrate Not eating properly Being clingy Constantly being negative Feeling unwell quite often & Getting angry out of nowhere Anxiety in kids can be caused by multiple reasons and can even be genetic so if you suffer from anxiety, it's possible that you anxiety has just been passed on. However other reasons include death of someone close, school or perhaps from even frequently moving houses or schools. At the end of the day, it

Anxiety Questions #2 - What is Mixed Anxiety Depression Disorder?

Mixed Anxiety Depression Disorder or MADD is a disorder which involves both anxiety and depression symptoms of limited or similar intensity accompanied by some autonomic feature. An autonomic feature can be panic attacks, fainting or even loss of appetite. It has quite a few risk factors but it would mainly involve having low self esteem, having to deal with a lot of daily stress or lacking familial support but can also just be there because of old age. To treat MADD, the disorder(either anxiety or depression) which has more control over your body is taken down by the use of CBT or medication. CBT or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy usually involves learning about behaviours or habits that are causing your disorder and tackling those one by one. Remember that you can only be diagnosed by a professional and that you shouldn't trust quizzes online and you shouldn't self diagnose yourself. If you believe that you have an overwhelming feeling of anxiety or depression that constantly s

Failure Is Important During Anxiety

When people think of failure, they associate it as a negative word however failure is a key ingredient to success. It's easy to start hating on your own work and usually you are the harshest on yourself so that doesn't help either. However, without failure, you would never leave you comfort zone and never become a better person. It is really important to accept failure as an opportunity to learn and grow even if at that moment, failure seems like the worst thing possible. The more important part of failure is never repeating the same mistake twice. During anxiety, every little steps becomes a bigger one. Every step a person takes is huge for them, even if it might be the smallest step for another person. The important part is focusing on what you are achieving and not over what other's might think about your success. Fear of failure is just a thought in your head, sure it can stay there if you want it to but it is your head, you control what stays there. Free your mind by m

This Is What I Fear #4 - Aquaphobia

You and your friends decide to go out and they decide to go on a hike. Halfway through it, you see a lake and your anxiety starts setting in, it's your Aquaphobia - the fear of water. Often confused with Hydrophobia which is caused by rabies in a later stage, Aquaphobia can be related to any body of water from a swimming pool to the ocean. Some symptoms of Aquaphobia are Avoidance of water Immediate anxiety or fear when thinking about water or are in the presence of it Dizziness and fainting Rapid heartbeat Difficulty breathing Aquaphobia can be from inherited however the real cause of it is unknown. If you feel like you have Aquaphobia, talk to a GP or a Psychologist since you can get specific help for it. Good luck! Image by Bruno Henrique from Pixabay

Myth Or Fact #13 - Everyone Has Different Triggers For Anxiety

Is this a Myth or a Fact? "Everyone has different triggers for anxiety" Fact! Every single person has a unique trigger for anxiety, from exams to a specific word which brings back the memories of a specific event. It is different for everyone and really depends on the person and the type of anxiety. A way to get over your triggers is by going through therapy and getting the specific type of treatment needed which for example might be exposure therapy for fear of snakes. Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Secret Powers Some Pets Can Have

Do you have a pet? If you do, I am sure you can agree that it brings you a great amount of joy but did you know that pets such as cats and dog also have the power to help boost your mental health? It's something most people don't think about while getting a pet but taking care of an animal can help your brain work way better and decrease the risk of mental health issues. Studies have not only found that having a pet can make you feel calmer and more relaxed, but they also show that : Pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression Pet owners in their senior age make less visits to doctors than those without pets Having pet's such as fish can reduce stress and help your muscles relax Playing with your pet has similar results to playing sport on your mind and can help boost dopamine levels. Touching or petting an animal can help ease stress and anxiety quite instantly However the main part of having a pet is taking care of it. If you do not have the time or the money to