Do you suffer from Anxiety?

Given the current times, a large part of the population in India and some parts of the world will answer ‘Yes.

Anxiety is our body’s natural response to real or perceived danger. It is a common function that ensures survival among humanity. Now, in it’s natural essence it can enhance your performance. It will make you cautious where you need to be cautious and make you aware about something that is about to or might happen. It can be anxiety from fear of failure/fear of drowning/fear of falling, etc. Anxiety from fear of failure can drive you to concentrate more on your studies and help you achieve good grades. Anxiety from fear of falling prepares your body to be more cautious and aware of the surrounding you are in. So, it is a useful bodily function that ensures your survival.

Now, anxiety, if goes out of control, can wreak havoc in your life. When you start to worry out of control frequently, even when there is no real danger lurking around in the corner that needs preparation, it may be a sign of a developing anxiety disorder.

Let me explain this with an example: Suppose you are in a plane and all of a sudden you hear the pilot announcing that the plane is about to crash and orders everyone in the plane to brace for impact. So, now in a stressful situation like this, your body will go into anxiety/panic mode and the brain will release cortisol and adrenaline causing muscles to prepare for the upcoming outcome or fight against it. Immediately you will experience heart palpitation, fear of death, and other symptoms alike because it is a matter of life and death. This is natural.

Now, imagine you are not about to experience a plane crash and there is no impending danger, and you are experiencing the same bodily symptoms,

Wouldn’t it be terrifying?.

This is what anxiety disorder is. And no matter, how many times you have experienced it, it will feel real every time.

If something like this is happening with you, please don’t sit around and wait for it to completely manifest within you, seek help immediately. Go to a licensed professional, explain your symptoms and move towards a step-by-step solution.

Reach out, make yourself a part of a community of people experiencing what you are experiencing, and don’t be ashamed to talk about it. In time, go ahead and build your own tribe. Always be vocal about it, restraining from it will only boost your problems. But, at the same time try not to overthink it.

Move towards creating a safe haven for you and people like you to live and breathe in.

Please, consult the following video I have published, and learn more about technicalities about the different types of anxiety and how to identify and act around it.