Anxiety affects over 40 million Americans and is characterized by persistent worrying, overthinking, and a constant drive for perfection. Anxiety does not just make one feel bad, but it actually changes the brain structure and function.
It reduces the size of the hippocampus and increases the size of the amygdala, the area of the brain responsible for the fear response. Fear, anxiety, and stress stimulate the release of stress hormones and lead to imbalances in neurotransmitters.
Even though they might look confident, anxious people are constantly struggling with their thoughts, and their racing minds make everyday life extremely difficult. This disorder brings about huge stress and interferes with the personal lives, relationships, abilities, and jobs of the sufferers.
If you are one of the people affected by anxiety, you will relate to the following 20 habits:
- You constantly worry about other people’s opinions about you
- You are a perfectionist
- You constantly ask others to repeat instructions and directions
- Always make a list in order to keep things organized
- Your mind is always busy
- You can’t say “no” even when you really should
- You overthink all your actions and moves
- You have a feeling that everyone judges you
- You face difficulties to fall asleep
- You always think about the worst possible scenario
- You cannot make eye contact easily
- You compare yourself to others all the time
- You worry about the future too much
- You always apologize for even the smallest things you do
- You always arrive earlier to appointments
- You have habits like biting the nails or twirling the hair
- You need to fidget and distract yourself when under stress
- Procrastinate on a task because you are worried
- You often decline invites or cancels plans as you just don’t feel like going
To quiet your mind and relax the body, you can try meditation, as one of the most powerful techniques, that is able to change the way the brain responds to stress. It will help you fight frustrations, and balance your thoughts and feelings.
This ancient practice breaks negative thought patterns and the vicious cycle of obsessive, negative thinking. It reduces rumination, even in the case of lifelong mood disorders, reduces the tendency to worry and boosts the control over random unwanted thoughts.
Moreover, to relieve stress and clear the mind, you can also try yoga and aromatherapy.