Feeling Anxious?

By | April 26, 2019

What is Anxiety?

“Well, it causes physical symptoms to set off in your body – panic attacks, your heart might begin to beat a little faster, sweaty palms, feeling light headed and dizzy, spaced out, can’t sleep for worrying. Thoughts going round and round in your head, jelly legs and the feeling of a brick in your stomach. Anxiety sufferers will be very familiar with those symptoms. ”
Source: My Remedy, The Integrated Natural Medicine Clinic

Anxiety is the most common mental disorder in the United States, affecting nearly 18 percent of the population, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

“People with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) experience excessive anxiety and worry, often about health, family, money, or work. This worrying goes on every day, possibly all day. It disrupts social activities and interferes with work, school, or family.

GAD is diagnosed in adults when they experience at least three of the symptoms below on more days than not for at least six months; only one symptom is required in children.

Symptoms of GAD include the following:
•restlessness or feeling keyed up or on edge
•being easily fatigued
•difficulty concentrating or mind going blank
•muscle tension
•sleep disturbance (difficulty falling or staying asleep, or restless, unsatisfying sleep)”
Source: Anxiety and Depression Association of America

How this GIF Image work?

Dr. Christina Hibbert, a clinical psychologist, author of the “8 Keys to Mental Health Through Exercise,” posted about this GIF on Twitter:

“It works because it forces us to slow down our breath. When it comes to anxiety, one major problem is the tendency to breathe in shorter, shallow breaths, versus deep breathing. Deep breathing, which this image promotes, requires us to slow down, extend our inhale and exhale, and bring more oxygen to our brain and body. This can help calm and relax us … When we slow down, breathe deeply, and really focus on the breath, like this image helps us to do, we find we are refreshed and ready to go back to whatever life is handing us with a renewed energy and peace. Finally, when we’re anxious, we are usually thinking about anything but the present moment. Breathing with this image forces us to focus on what’s happening right now — the breath — and that takes us out of our head and our worries.”

Video based on GIF Image posted by “WearingAStupidManSuit on Imgur”

BREATHE, and BREATHE again! Relax… relax… relax…

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