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TIPS – Understanding and managing anxiety

TIPS – Understanding and managing anxiety


Hi, my name is Mary Ellen Cadman. I’m a
social worker here at the Clinical Center. and I’m going to talk with you
today about anxiety. Let’s begin with what anxiety is. Anxiety is a diffuse,
unpleasant, vague sense of apprehension often accompanied by symptoms such as
headache, perspiration palpitations, tightness in the chest mild stomach discomfort, and restlessness which manifests itself
as an inability to sit still. Anxiety is something that every human being can
relate to because virtually everyone has experienced those kinds of symptoms at some time or another in their lives. Many very common experiences can cause
us to have anxiety, such as all the firsts that we go through in our life. For example, taking an exam, getting married, becoming a parent, and coping with illness. Again, the anxieties these events can evoke is considered beneficial and normal. Anxiety that a test can cause you to
study harder. Anxiety about getting married can cause you to take stock of your life and your values and really take a personal inventory
about your life thus far. Normal anxiety can cause you to feel jittery or have a case of the nerves, or stage fright. maybe feel little sweaty before an exam or a
presentation… But if you’re having repeated or random
panic attacks or persistent worry in anticipation
of another panic attack or feelings of terror impending doom then you know that your anxiety has become something more than normal reaction to daily life. normal anxiety is a realistic fear of a threatening object, place, or
situation. When that fear becomes irrational and
you’re avoiding situations are places then again you’ve kind of moved into a
more severe form of anxiety that might be getting in the way of your life. Anxiety, sadness, or difficulty sleeping
immediately following a traumatic event like the loss of your parent or
receiving bad news is really a normal reaction but if you’re having ongoing
reoccurring nightmares flashbacks or emotional numbing again it’s becoming something more than
a normal healthy response to a life stressor. What can we do to cope with our normal
anxiety? here some possible strategies for you exercise eating a balanced diet limiting alcohol and staying away from
drugs reaching out to others and getting
involved going easy on yourself and not trying to
be perfect all the time taking the time out trying to put things in perspective. Maybe
deciding to talk to someone before your anxiety really takes over your life and looking at what might trigger your
anxiety these are all strategies you can use in
your day-to-day life to manage the stressors that all of this
experience as we’ve live on this planet. So in conclusion, anxiety is an
appropriate response to an event being faced and can be used as a powerful motivator
for you to change certain aspects of your life if we listen to our anxiety we can take
the steps necessary to change the direction of our lives Thanks, and I hope you find these TIPS helpful.

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