7 Ways People Make Anxiety Symptoms Worse for Women (Infographic)

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The casual nature people speak about anxiety can be rough on those who suffer from anxiety disorder. There are even things people do that make anxiety symptoms worse, especially for women. Check out the infographic below to understand anxiety triggers, and a few simple coping tactics.

Did you know anxiety disorder is the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults?

Are you suffering from anxiety disorder or depression?

 

Your anxiety symptoms can certainly bring your daily routine to a grinding halt. And women who suffer from anxiety disorder may also be prone to depression. Nearly 50 percent of people diagnosed with anxiety disorder also have other mental illnesses like depression, according to The Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

Social Anxiety Symptoms Affect 15 Million People Beginning at Age 13

Social anxiety affects 15 million people, and anxiety symptoms will begin at the age of 13. It is also equally common among men and women. Did you know that 36 percent of people with social anxiety go over a decade before seeking help?

The following infographic of seven ways people make anxiety symptoms worse for women should be shared with friends and family. This will help them get a clearer picture of what you don’t need.

The Following Infographic May Help You and Other Women Recognize Anxiety Triggers

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Anxiety Quotes to Sooth the Senses for Women

“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” Deepak Chopra

“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” Eleanor Roosevelt

The infographic above are only a few examples of ways people make anxiety symptoms worse for women. Build on infographic details and talk to a doctor online to help you become the healthiest and happiest version of you possible.

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10 How to Deal with Anxiety Secrets Women Need to Know

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Does your anxiety cause restless sleep and over-thinking for minutes, hours, days?  It may feel like the it will never go away. Don’t know how to deal with anxiety? Did you know that twice the amount of women suffer from anxiety disorders compared to men.

 

Learn how to cope by following these 10 ways to effectively cope and develop approaches to your worries. They may just help.

10 How to Deal with Anxiety Secrets Women Need to Know

1. Repeat Something Over . . . and Over . . . and Over Again

Repeating something in your head over and over and over again is certainly a how to deal with anxiety secret. A mantra can help you get over, or even forget, about what was causing your issues in the first place.

Think about your worrisome thought slowly for 20 minutes. Your brain will determine how to rid the problem, either by dealing with the issue, or forgetting about it. After 20 minutes, you will not even want to think about it anymore.

10 How to Deal with Anxiety Secrets Women Need to Know

2. Exaggerate!

When you exaggerate something, you see how ridiculous or even dull the problem really is.  This how to deal with anxiety secret helps you see the worth of the problem and it is usually not worth your frantic mood. You will realize that it’s really not a big deal!

 

 

10 How to Deal with Anxiety Secrets Women Need to Know

3. Crazy Thoughts are Sometimes Okay

You may have crazy thoughts sometimes in certain situations, and that’s okay. Women aren’t all that crazy. Our minds are very creative and it is normal to have a few wild and crazy thoughts every so often.

When you do have a crazy thought, explain it to yourself, and then move on. This how to deal with anxiety secret helps you realize it was only a thought.

10 How to Deal with Anxiety Secrets Women Need to Know

4. Case of False Anxiety Alarms

Some of the top fears people have are the house burning down when you are gone, or even simply thinking you forgot to close the garage, or lock your car before walking into work.

Know you are having these anxieties, then let them go knowing they are just false alarms.  Women tend to worry more about these types of thoughts, and this how to deal with anxiety secret is a must.

 

 

10 How to Deal with Anxiety Secrets Women Need to Know

5. Turn Your Anxiety into a Movie

Disconnect your worries and troubles by separating them from your “you.” Turn your anxious thoughts into a movie and calmly observe your very own documentary with a bit of humor. This how to deal with anxiety secret may seem silly, but it works.

 

10 How to Deal with Anxiety Secrets Women Need to Know

6. Arrange Your Own Worry Time

When something worrisome pops up, leave it for the time you set aside for worrying. Do not worry about something right when it comes up. If you set aside a worry time for late afternoon, most of your worries will be resolved or not worth your worry. Not worrying right away can help you have an anxiety-free day.

 

10 How to Deal with Anxiety Secrets Women Need to Know

7. Know That You CAN’T Control Everything

Another how to deal with anxiety secret is to not let things that are out of your hands consume your time. You need to realize and be realistic about your control over certain things. Surrender to those uncontrollable circumstances. Trying to control what you have no command of will only lead to panic and worry. Submit to what you can’t control!

10 How to Deal with Anxiety Secrets Women Need to Know

8. Best How to Deal with Anxiety Secret, Simply Breathe

Take a breather. Breathing can help release your stress and think properly. Stress and anxiety makes the body tense up as well as hinder normal breathing. Breathing is an effective technique that can bring you back to reality when anxious. Connect back with yourself by breathing.

10 How to Deal with Anxiety Secrets Women Need to Know

9. Classify Your Time

Not everything requires immediate response or panic. Rank events as an emergency or not. If it is not an emergency, relax and do not fret right away. Deal with the concern. If this concern does not affect you greatly in the future, then know this issue is temporary. Some women suffer in this way when it comes to raising children. Know when to worry and when not to, for your own sake.

10 How to Deal with Anxiety Secrets Women Need to Know

10. Women . . . Don’t Forget to Live

Anxiety disorders are common in the United States, but don’t let it affect or diminish your life.  According to statistics over the last 10 years, 54 percent of women and 46 percent of men experience anxiety disorder. Don’t lose your much needed sleep over this common mental health disorder.

Now you know how to deal with anxiety with these 10 easy ways. Get your life back into your control. You can talk to a doctor for free and get the facts and answers you need and deserve.

You may find Dr. Sohrab Zahedi’s profile reassuring to learn more about how to deal with anxiety today . . . 

 

Dr. Zahedi: With nearly a decade of experience, my medical expertise in psychiatry and forensic psychiatry has allowed me to offer professional patient care for group and family psychotherapy. I am presently the principal psychiatrist at the UCONN Division of Correctional Managed Healthcare Hartford Correctional Center and helm the Sohrab Zahedi, M.D., Adult & Forensic Psychiatry and Tangerine Project a Psychiatric Clinic in Connecticut as physician and owner.

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10 Simple Ways To Better Manage The ‘Bad Days’ 

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Conquering depression or anxiety is no overnight fix. Often it will take many years. And even then there will still be times in which the pressures of the life cause us to feel a little down in the dumps. It’s so easy to beat ourselves up in situations like these. ‘Why is this happening again?!’ you might ask yourself. But having the odd ‘bad day’ is perfectly okay, we just need to understand how to better manage them.

In my struggles with depression and anxiety over the past decade I’ve learnt a thing or two that I’ve been inspired to share; some coping strategies and tools we can employ when the going gets a bit tough or we simply wake up one day and feel like the world is on top of us:

1. Watch a movie.

It’s okay to feel how you’re feeling. If you’re having a bad day and don’t feel up to leaving the house, that’s cool. Find a good movie to watch and cook up some popcorn! Chill out, it’s all good. There’s always tomorrow for all that ‘serious stuff’ anyway!

2. Have a shower.

Sitting around all day with bed hair smelling terribly doesn’t just sting the nostrils of those around you but is also bound to leave you feeling pretty sh*tty too. Freshen up and brush your hair so at least you can walk past your reflection without having to cringe every time! Self-esteem instant win!

3. Do something you enjoy.

Sometimes in our darkness it’s easy to forget the things we enjoy. Our heads becomes a dark mess in which everything seems pointless. But even something as simple as flicking through your favourite book or magazine can spark some much more positive thoughts. You should see my F1 magazine collection – ideal for times like these!

4. Have a normal conversation with a friend.

By all means talk to a close friend about how you’re feeling, have that conversation, but don’t forget to talk about normal stuff too, things you both enjoy. Have a laugh. Smile. Did someone say footy season?!

5. Sit outside for an hour.

‘Life on the inside’ can become pretty claustrophobic pretty quickly. And while you might not feel up to going out in public and seeing people, often chilling on the patio or in the sun reading a book or watching the clouds roll by can be the perfect remedy. Fresh air and Vitamin D anyone?

6. Listen to your favourite music (and maybe bust out a dance move or two!)

Whether you’re a music nut or not, all of us will have that song or two that get us feeling pretty fired up for life! So if need be, close your bedroom door (and perhaps the curtains!) and rock out. Did someone just drop the bass?! #onemanrave

7. Sleep if you need to.

It’s easy to feel guilty for feeling tired or needing to nap every hour. This guilt though I’ve found to be highly counter-productive! So put your PJs on and get comfy. Just as the body needs rest from physical activity the mind needs rest sometimes too. Sweet dreams!

8. Walk The Dog

If you don’t have a dog, fly the bird, swim the fish or drag the cat somewhere instead. While we might not all be ‘gym people’, simply getting the body moving for half an hour or so is often enough to point our mind back towards greener pastures. (Bonus points for those who comment with photos of them actually taking their bird for a fly…!)

9. Write

This one is a personal favourite though one that I cannot recommend highly enough. It has helped me to pull apart negative thought patterns and reflect on the underlying reasons behind many of the decisions I have made. Unintentionally it has taught me much of what I know about myself! You’ll be amazed at the revelations you stumble across!

10. Be honest with people.

Saving the most important to last is one that I admit to having neglected for far too long. So easy it is to make excuses as to why we can’t do things, to paint a much rosier picture than that of reality and to push people away or ignore them until things are better. But just as we would have no qualms in letting a friend know we’d broken our leg, there is no need to hide our mental struggles from the world either. The time has come for us all to realise this.

Take care team!

PJ.

Originally published on Greatness Via Passion, September 2015.


What are some ways that you manage your bad days? I’d love to keep adding to this list! Share in the comments below 🙂

Daily To Do List (Free Printable) 

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In order to stay sane and to manage your emotions, you need to plan and record important parts of your day.

You like me may be the one to sometimes forget what you had planned for the day or the calls you had to make, little things you had to do or emotions you felt.

Having a To do list will help you keep your mind clutter free. You will then have more time for yourself and your emotional well-being.

Planning will help you avoid unnecessary stress and worrying.

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DIY 39: positive thoughts in a jar 

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Hey pixels!! First day of 2017; did you had fun yesterday? I hope so, my happy pixels. The last day of the year is always special. It’s when we remember how time flies; and when we make a list of  New Year Resolutions.

But, we really complete our resolutions list or we forget it? This is why I’m proposing this DIY, my happy pixels. It’s all about positive thinking and happiness. We, people, tend to remember better all the times when we do something wrong or when we are unhappy. But we tend to forget all the good things that happens to us every day. I  want to change the game with this DIY.

How about this? If the last day of December you could read about all your best moments of the year, and remember all that happy events and thoughts you’ve had, I’m sure you would feel much better. Well, you can do it easily with this DIY. Keep reading, please!!

You’ll need:

How it works:

It can’t be easier, my happy pixels!! Just remember: when something special happens, or after a good day/moment, write it down on one of the cards. Store the card in the box/mason jar.

This way you’ll be keeping all this precious moments. Next first day of January, open the box/mason jar and read all the papers. You’ll be amazed remembering all the beautiful things that happened to you during 2017.

What do you think about this DIY, my happy pixels? Are you going to make it? Please, let me know in the comments below.

How To Recognise Depression

 

Mental health, not the sort of thing most people choose to talk about seriously. Furthermore, sometimes people say something insensitive or said out of plain ignorance.

Suffering from depression or mental health problems, is something that most people feel ashamed to admit.

What about those people who don’t suffer from depression or have ever had a severe depressive episode? This brings me to the core of this article: How do you recognise depression?

It is so very important to be vigilant. To be aware of the warning signs, and the earlier they are spotted, the better. Why? Because being depressed leads to behaviour that is not helpful. Behaviour that over time, is reinforced day after day, month after month. Slowly but surely getting a firm grip on your life. It is much harder to spot a change in behaviour if it occurs and develops gradually over time. But what are these signs and behaviour that we should look out for?

 

Symptoms

The most common symptom of depression and one which most people think is the only one is having a persistent empty or ‘sad’ mood.

A feeling of pessimism, hopelessness or helplessness and being critical of oneself for never being good enough at anything no matter what we do.

Depression can lead to a lack of interest in pursuits someone usually enjoys.

Feeling lethargic or having no energy or drive is another symptom of depression that can slowly be re-enforced over time.

Trouble with sleeping is a symptom associated with depression. Sleeping disorders are often dismissed as having developed a mild case of insomnia that will surely go away over time. Some people wake early in the morning and are unable to fall back asleep.

Eating disturbances to, especially in women, can them cope with depression even if they don’t realise it.

Depression often goes hand in hand with anxiety. Anxiety can also cause sleeping disturbances, as well as a feeling of dread, increased heart rate and more severely, panic attacks.

Depression and anxiety can easily knock our confidence levels as both can lead to difficulty concentrating and remembering or making decisions.

These symptoms can climax with devastating effect. They can sometimes lead to a complete nervous breakdown. During this nothing makes sense and it can be very frightening when you are faced with a situation like this.

Depression can also manifest itself through persistent physical symptoms or pains that do not seem to respond to treatment.

Being irritable and losing ones temper are also symptoms of depression, (supposedly) seen more often in males than females.

Thoughts of suicide, attempts and plans are never to be taken lightly. Often, suicide attempts can be a cry for help – i.e they don’t know what else to do guys! For them it seems like like this is the only way to get help (near misses). Often it can feel like the only way to alleviate their suffering (via death).

 

Quick note on depression, suicide and self harm: The best way to try and understand how a depressed person is feeling is to get into the person shoes…..

Imagine feeling so hopeless, powerless and down that nothing seems worth it. You are tired and can’t physically do much. Everything is a struggle. You don’t feel like you re getting any where or progressing. You can’t sleep properly or get a clear head. A lot of negative things from your past have caused a reinforced negative thinking pattern in your own head. A pattern that feels impossible to get out and away from because it is in your head and the only thing you have ever known! Imagine feeling that no matter how hard you try you can’t get away from this because it is within you. Imagine the stress of every day life upon yourself with these difficulties. Imagine how such a thinking pattern and such symptoms lead to re-enforcing more negative behaviours and thoughts about yourself and life.

 

Diagnoses

A person can be diagnosed with depression if four or more of the symptoms above have been present in a two week period or more. Not everyone will have the same symptoms so it is important to be aware and look for signs of all symptoms of depression. Remember, only a doctor or psychiatrist can diagnose depression.

5 Quick Ways To Ease Stress, Depression & Anxiety

No ceremony with this article, let’s go straight into five quick ways that will help you find relief from stress, depression and anxiety.

1. Take regular breaks from the firing line. Working hard without regular breaks is a great way to build up stress and tension. Make sure you have at least one 15-minute break in the morning and one in the afternoon as well as at least 20 minutes for lunch. If possible, eat lunch away from your workstation. Equally, if you have a lot to deal with in your life right now, taking a day, or a weekend elsewhere – longer if you can – to get some breathing space will really help. Even just a day away from the firing line will enable you to get some distance from the problems and help you to gather your thoughts.

2. Regular exercise can help relieve stress, depression and anxiety. Exercise releases endorphins into your system and will give you a natural boost. It will also provide you with a break from brooding and dwelling upon problems and troubles – but only if you perform the right kind of exercises.

Avoid: Exercises that allow you to brood (weight lifting, jogging, treadmills) and perform exercises that require your full concentration. Competitive sports such as squash, tennis, badminton and circuit training are all excellent examples. It is important that you do not brood when you exercise because although you will be benefiting physically, you are still stressing yourself mentally and the stress, depression and anxiety will worsen.

3. Stop beating yourself up. Self-deprecation is a huge part of stress, depression and anxiety. Each time you beat up on yourself, you will erode confidence and self-esteem. Never tell yourself you’re useless, worthless, stupid, hopeless, boring, ugly, and a loser. Never convince yourself that other people hate you, that others find you difficult to be around and that you’re better off being alone. You would never deem it acceptable to say such things to other people and you must deem it equally unacceptable to say them to yourself. These words and phrases are powerful and they will hurt you. Accept you’re not perfect and that you make mistakes – just like everybody else does – and cut yourself some slack. From this day, make a pact with me to never indulge self-deprecation ever again. IT IS UNACCEPTABLE.

4. Isolation is another problem experienced by stress, depression and anxiety sufferers. OK, there will be times when you just want your own company. During such times, you can brood over and over again on problems and events and beat yourself up for hours on end. Not good. Instead, use isolation more positively. Occupy your mind by tackling a jigsaw puzzle, a logic problem, a crossword, read a book or perform a hobby such as painting, playing a musical instrument or whatever it is you have an interest in. In this way, isolation will help you to grow instead of causing you further pain.

5. Television, radio and newspapers can all supply you with a daily hit of negativity and help lower your mood. In the main, they concentrate on the negative side of life: crime, corruption, war, scandal and natural disasters and can give you a distorted view of reality. Not to mention the amount of image manipulation they subject you to. Give yourself a break from this negative drip feed and avoid them completely for one week. You may find, like I have, that they have no place in your life after that. Trust me, you won’t miss them.

That’s five, quick tips for you to help fight stress, depression and anxiety.