Anxiety is universal. The American Psychological Association defines the feeling as "an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure." And most people experience it in their lives at one point or another.
Anxiety is a common emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure. If left untreated, anxiety can be crippling. It can lead to lightheadedness, nausea, headaches, stomach pains, panic attacks and more.
Therapy, medication or a combination of the two are vital if anxiety is inhibiting your daily life. And for a quick fix, experts say relaxation techniques like mantras can help.
Are you worried? People diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, including panic disorder, often struggle with chronic worrying. Frequent worrying may seem irrational to outsiders. For instance, you may worry about things that haven't even happened or are out of your control, such as the health and safety of your loved ones or the current cost of living.
Worry is often a learned negative thinking pattern that can be contributing to your panic disorder symptoms. Since negative thinking typically develops over time, it can be unlearned and replaced with more positive views.
To do that, recognize and record your worries throughout the day, think it they are realistic and replace these negative thoughts with more realistic statements.
For young professionals, anxiety is pretty ubiquitous-you've probably felt your heart pounding before a first date or felt short of breath before speaking in public. These short-lived episodes of worry are not only completely normal, but they can actually be productive-a moderate level of stress can assist you in acing that Calculus final, nailing that marketing presentation, or negotiating that pay raise.