Anxiety – By Ananya

Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. Its basically stress.

Anxiety is often triggered by stress in our lives. Some of us are more vulnerable to anxiety than others, but even those who become anxious easily can learn to manage it well. We can also make ourselves anxious with “negative self-talk” – a habit of always telling ourselves the worst will happen.

As well as feeling apprehensive and worried (possibly without knowing why), you may experience some of the following physical symptoms:

  • Tense muscles

  • Trembling

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    Churning stomach

  • Nausea

  • Diarrhea

  • Headaches

  • Backache

  • Heart palpitations

  • Numbness or “pins and needles” in arms, hands or legs

  • Sweating/flushing

    Everyone has anxiety. But some people have anxiety more often than others. If you are one of these people you can suffer through high blood pressure, headaches, dark eye bags etc.

    There is also a disorder that can occur due to anxiety. Its called the generalized anxiety disorder, which is quite serious, (you need medical treatment) and you can detect that you have it by getting symptoms like constant worry and dread. But this is not very usual, so do not worry 😉

  • How to avoid anxiety? Avoiding situations that make you anxious might help you feel better in the short term. The trouble is the anxiety keeps returning, and has a habit of spreading to other situations. This can lead to you avoiding things like shops, crowded places, lectures or tutorials. So although avoidance makes you feel better – Relief is only temporary – you may worry about what will happen next time. Every time you avoid something it is harder next time you try to face it. Gradually you want to avoid more and more things.
  • How to keep you anxiety under control? Well:
    • Learn to manage stress in your life. Keep an eye on pressures and deadlines and make a commitment to taking time out from study or work.

    • Learn a variety of relaxation techniques. Physical relaxation methods and meditation techniques really do help.

    • Look after your physical self. Eat healthily, get regular exercise and try to keep a regular sleep pattern. Avoid alcohol, cannabis and junk food.

    • Breathe in and out.

    • Learn to replace “negative self talk” with “coping self talk.” When you catch yourself thinking something negative like “I can’t do this, it’s just too hard,” try to change it to something more positive, like “This is hard but I can get through it.” It is useful to make a list of the negative thoughts you often have and write a list of positive, believable thoughts to replace them.

    • I did anxiety because I think that it is something that us, middle schoolers have to deal with in the present and we will also deal with it later on when we go to high school and college. We need to know how to control it and restrict it because it does give you headaches and increase your blood pressure. I hope you learned a bit more about anxiety and its effects. If you think you are struggling with anxiety and panic attacks occur a lot to you, then I highly recommend a youtube video called “Dealing with Panic attacks and anxiety” by Zoella. Its short, simple and effective. Thank you.