We are all prone to anxiety from time to time. But if your anxiety is affecting you to the point that it adversely affects your daily activities, it is something you need to address.
Anxiety can come in many forms, from severe, crippling anxiety to moderate anxiety that makes it difficult to carry out everyday tasks to mild anxiety that increases stress. Unlike severe or moderate anxiety, people with mild anxiety may not even recognize they have anxiety at all, which is why mild anxiety often goes undetected.
Mild anxiety is characterized by the following symptoms:
- A feeling of constant worry
- Feeling a sense of uneasiness
- Feeling nervous or restless
- Trembling or shaking
- Feeling nauseous
Although mild anxiety does not have the same severity as moderate or severe anxiety, it still has some significant impacts on a person's emotional, social and professional lives
It is very common for people with mild anxiety to misconstrue their symptoms and pass it off as just normal nerves that come with their fast-paced lifestyle. This can result in them suffering from anxiety for many years without knowing it. If left unaddressed, this can lead to anxiety and other mental health problems later in life.
With simple lifestyle changes, it may be possible to control mild anxiety:
- By exercising regularly. Exercising helps you to calm your whole body with endorphins. It burns away the adrenaline that is released when you are anxious. It reduces general physical stress and can help with mild anxiety.
- By getting a good 7 to 8 hours sleep, good sleep helps in reducing physical and mental stress which in turn aids in reducing anxiety.
- By practicing various relaxation exercises:
- Breathing Exercise: Sit comfortably and put one hand on your chest and another on your stomach. The hand on your chest should remain still, while the hand on your stomach will move a little bit as you breathe in slowly. Repeat this 10 times or until your anxiety begins to lessen.
- Mindfulness Exercise: Sit quietly and close your eyes, then focus your attention on how you feel in your body and your surroundings. Ask yourself What is happening outside of your body and what is it like in your surroundings. Alternate focusing your awareness between your body and your surroundings until your anxiety begins to subside.