• Mary Lindqvist

Managing Your Anxiety Disorder

Everyone feels stressed at some time in their lives. It’s perfectly normal and life presents situations that can make our stress levels rise and fall almost daily. But when stress and worry become so great that it begins to interfere with your daily living, you may have more than normal stress. You may have an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety disorders, just like any other diagnosed disorder, are manageable, once you know what you’re dealing with and you’ve talked over a course of treatment with your doctor. But there are things you should know that can aggravate anxiety that may have you manage it more effectively.

1. Get your heart checked out. Heart problems can cause anxiety. Often people having a panic attack report they feel as though they are having a heart attack – heart pounding, palpitations, even chest pains. Though they aren’t actually experiencing a heart attack at the time, the opposite is true. Undiagnosed heart problems can raise a persons’ anxiety level without them even realizing it. Talk to your doctor about getting it checked out.

2. Caffeine aggravates your anxiety. Caffeine is a stimulant that can make you more nervous and jittery. Often, it’s taken with sugary drinks such as sodas too which only adds to the problem. Modify your intake or better yet, cut it out completely!

3. Check your thyroid! That little organ that controls metabolism can wreak havoc on anxiety if it’s out of order.

4. Watch out for over the counter medications! Some OTCs, like diet supplements, are high in caffeine and that will definitely increase anxiety. Some may interact with prescribed medications so always consult with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any OTC medications!

Taking care of yourself is important. Stop and rest once in a while. Get a good night’s sleep – every night. Meditate – there are some great apps for meditation that you put on your smart phone and carry with you! Make time to de-stress. It’s all about your well-being.

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