Anxiety is a powerful emotion that can stop you in your tracks. Your heartbeat sounds like a drum, and you feel as if someone is physically beating on your heart. Anxiety during COVID-19 has increased anxiety and has left many feeling anxious and hopeless.
Though it feels hopeless, there are ways to reduce anxiety and take back control of your life.
What Is Anxiety?
Anxiety is your body’s natural reaction to perceived danger or stress. However, if your anxiousness interferes with your daily routine, you may suffer from anxiety. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), you are not alone. About 40 million adults suffer from anxiety.
Anxiety has mental and physical symptoms. These symptoms occur more days than not for at least six months and disrupt your normal activities. They can’t be explained by other physical, mental, or substance abuse issues. Some of the signs include:
- Uncontrolled, excessive worry
- Restlessness and fatigue
- Lack of concentration
- Muscle tension and irritability
- Change in sleeping patterns
Simple Ways to Reduce Anxiety
Anxiety is highly treatable with treatments such as talk therapy. Here are some techniques to help you when you are feeling anxious.
Anxiety comes from worrying about what’s going to happen. Focus on what’s going on at the moment.
Practice Breathing Exercises
Deep breathing triggers your body’s relaxation response, which counteracts your body’s fight-or-flight reaction to stress and anxiety.
Don’t Believe Your Thoughts
Your brain can and will lie to you. Challenge what your mind is telling you with questions such as, “Is it really that bad,” or get a second opinion from someone you trust.
Help Is Available
Over-the-Road Therapy, LLC in McDonough GA is here to help you with your COVID-19-related anxiety. Call 404-324-7902 to schedule an appointment.