On a scale of 1 to 10, how anxious would you say you are? Anxiety is one of those feelings that tend to creep up on us when we least expect it. You feel those butterflies in your stomach, the room is spinning, your breathing slows down, vision is blurred, heart is pounding, and mind is racing. The next thing you know you’re asking any and every one within arm’s reach for some painkillers. Even worse, seeking the nearest restroom so you can take your last breath in the peace of a bathroom stall!
There has been a rise in individuals experiencing bouts of anxiety, and women have easily outnumbered men. Now let’s think of why this might be? Hmm… well biologically we are more in touch with our emotions, we are the homemakers, we are the partial breadwinners (many times the sole breadwinners), we are the givers, we are the lovers, we are the strongholds of our families. With the many responsibilities we have in today’s society (majority God given, others passed along because no one else could handle it), it comes with no surprise that we are more susceptible to developing an anxiety condition.
If you have experienced anxiety you should inform your doctor immediately. In most cases people get anxious due to a lack of self-regulation and self-care; therefore some lifestyle changes must be done including: regular physical exercise, healthy eating, stress reducing activities (yoga, hiking, prayer, girls night), or something that has just been getting really popular… coloring!! You can get coloring books for just $3 at Target and this kind of activity helps you to focus on one thing and clear your mind… I mean, just think about how much you enjoyed it as a kid.
Being that we do in fact “RUN THE WORLD” it is so important for us to take care of ourselves. Staying well and reducing stress is all about finding a balance that works for you.
Written by Sarah Lauture
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