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Anxiety “Unmasked” — Tools for a Stress-Free Mind

February 28, 2024 | Naweh Diggs, LMSW | 5 min. read

Anxiety has the potential to disrupt your everyday routines. Recognizing the signs and causes of anxiety can assist in managing it effectively.

The American Psychological Association states that anxiety entails sensations of stress, apprehension, and bodily alterations. Anxious sensations may manifest in diverse circumstances, varying in intensity. While occasional anxiety is common, persistent feelings of anxiety that impede your daily activities indicate the need to seek therapy and implement coping strategies. Although there are various forms of anxiety, here, we will focus on the overarching concept of anxiety.

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Symptoms of Anxiety and The Effects

Symptoms of anxiety such as irritation, excessive worrying, insomnia, feelings of  nausea, rapid heartbeat, and palpitations can leave individuals feeling overwhelmed and out of control. Anxiety can negatively impact social interactions, physical well-being, and mental health, as well as interfere with one’s career,  personal relationships, and social life.

Clients can utilize a variety of methods to manage anxiety including  journaling, aromatherapy, and exercise. Regular exercise can boost dopamine and  endorphin levels, ultimately reducing feelings of anxiety. This can positively impact symptoms such as irritability, insomnia, and panic attacks that are commonly associated with anxiety. Establishing an exercise routine has proven  effective in lowering stress levels that contribute to anxiety. Aromatherapy is another soothing practice that can aid in relieving anxiety. Pleasant scents like lavender, vanilla, and citrus have been known to assist in stressful situations. Incorporating activities such as lighting candles, taking aromatic baths, or using scented oils can help soothe frazzled nerves in the moment.

Additionally, journaling serves as a method to alleviate stress and express emotions. Establishing a consistent journaling routine can assist in unloading the  pressures of day-to-day living. It has been noted by many that journaling provides  an outlet for emotions without fear of judgment. Whether through writing or audio journaling, discovering the approach that suits you best is crucial to your success.

Conclusion

That being said, anxiety may present numerous obstacles for individuals facing such struggles. Nonetheless, by making deliberate efforts, strategies can be  implemented to reduce the symptoms related to anxiety, enabling these individuals to lead fulfilling and healthy lives.

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