First of all, you should know that anxiety is a normal reaction of the body to situations of stress, danger or uncertanity. It is only when it becomes excessive, frequent or disproportionate that it can interfere with our daily lives and affect our physicial and mental health.
How to detect the first symptoms
Detecting anxiety in its early stages allows us to deal with it better and even eliminate it. However, sometimes can be a little difficult to identify the symptoms, which often go unnoticed or are confused with others.
Here are some of the most common ones:
- Feeling nervous, agitated or restless
- Difficulty concentrating or having a blank mind
- Excessive or irrational concern about different aspects of life
- Fear or panic about specific or general situations
- Irritabiliy or mood swings
- Sleeping problems or insomnia
- Sweating, palpitations, trembling or dizziness
- Shortness of breath, chest tightness or a chocking sensation
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, appetite disorders or other gastrointestinal complaints
- Headaches, muscle or joint pain
Be aware that the symptoms may be mild at first. Try to observe yourself as closely and as objectively as possible. This will help to determine whether your symptoms may be due to mild anxiety or something else.
In any case, keeping an eye on your progress will be crucial. If you notice a worsening or that the discomforts, although mild, last too long, do not hesitate to see your GP. They will be able to give you a professional diagnosis and determine whether you need to see a specialist.
Dealing with anxiety on several fronts is more effective
If you cannot avoid situations that make you anxious, try to deal with them gradually and with help if necessary.
Treatment for anxiety often combines psychological and pharmacology therapy. Psychological therapy will help you identify and modify the thoughts, emotions and behaviours that cause or maintain anxiety. Pharmacology will provide temporary relief from physical and psychological symptoms, allowing you to cope with everyday life in an easier way.
Natural supplementation, under professional guidance, can help significantly. Substances such as melatonin, lime blossom, ashwagandha or our nutraceutical Trineurol, can help you calm down and fall asleep.
In addition to professional treatment, there are some steps you can take to prevent or reduce anxiety in your daily life:
- If you are starting to feel anxious, try to focus your attention on something else. Do a countdown, focus on an object, repeat a song; any activity that can distract your mind will help.
- Shutting down external stimuli is also very helpful. Try to isolate yourself in a quiet place. Use your senses to take your brain away from anxious thoughts. You can squeeze a stress ball, use aromatherapy, take a hot bath; any positive sensory stimulus will work for you.
- Controlling your breathing will be essential. With anxiety comes what is known as hyperventilation. To avoid this, breathe in and out slowly, counting to five.
- Take regular, moderate physical exercise. Exercise releases endorphins, improves your mood and reduces stress.
- Eat a balanced diet and avoid alcohol, tobacco, caffeine or other stimulants that can alter the nervous system and increase anxiety.
- Learn relaxation or meditation techniques; they will help you control your breathing, relax your muscles and calm your mind.
- Spend time in activities that make you feel good and surround yourself with positive and cheerful people.
- Seek social support. Share your worries with people you trust, who listen and understand you. Don’t isolate or withdraw into yourself: communication and affection are essential for emotional health.
At Lanier Pharma, we share your concern for responsible wellbeing, which is why we strive every day to offer innovative, safe and effective products that improve your health and quality of life. If you suffer from anxiety due to neuropathic pain, as a symptom of post-covid syndrome, or lack of sleep, the properties of our nutraceutical Trineurol will help you to remedy it.