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Don't Let Anxiety Run Your Life

By Genevieve Cunningham

Anxiety is a much bigger problem than most people realize. It's widespread in our modern world. In fact, a vast majority of people suffer from anxiety, and many don't even know it. We ignore it, hoping that it will disappear on its own. But if you're not careful, anxiety can take the reins and control your life. If you want to avoid the anxiety trap, take a look at these signs of anxiety, plus some ways to manage it long-term. 

Signs of Anxiety

The signs of anxiety can be sneaky. We expect them to be obvious, but they often mimic other illnesses, keeping us confused and resistant to get treatment. Just a few of the signs of anxiety can include:

  • Irritability - Irritability can definitely be because of anxiety. Though other situations can also cause irritability, anxiety is a frequent cause. If you're feeling a little restless and irritated on a regular basis, it might be because anxiety is present in your daily life.

  • Insomnia - So many people have trouble sleeping in today's world, it's all too easy to consider it normal. But it's definitely not! If you suffer from regular anxiety, it can lead to trouble sleeping over a long period of time.

  • Fatigue - It shouldn't be any surprise that anxiety can lead to fatigue. Not only is it mentally and physically draining, but the lack of sleep further contributes to fatigue. Feeling tired? It could definitely be anxiety meddling in your life. 

  • Palpitations - Sometimes the symptoms of anxiety are physical. Heart palpitations can be felt by a great number of those experiencing anxiety. If not palpitations, a faster heart rate is a common side effect of this frustrating illness. 

How to Manage

Managing anxiety is key to living a healthy, happy life. A few tips for getting anxiety under control include: 

  • Lifestyle changes - The better our lifestyle, the healthier we're going to feel -- both mentally and physically. Is your lifestyle leading to a feeling of satisfaction or regret? When we follow our desires and live a life on our own terms, we are less likely to experience anxiety and its debilitating symptoms. 

  • Healthy habits - Healthy habits can lead to a better lifestyle and less anxiety. Habits that can be beneficial include setting a bedtime, exercising regularly, taking time off, and eating a well balanced diet. 

  • Professional help - Sometimes we need professional help, and that's OK. Seek out the help of a professional when you just can't get anxiety under control. They may be able to help you through medication, therapy, new habits, or a combination of treatments to get you back on track. 

Anxiety can absolutely get the best of us. If we're not careful, it can take over our sense of selves and our lives. But managing anxiety -- and possibly ridding it from your life -- is possible! Use these tips to get your anxiety under control, and you'll be feeling better than ever in no time at all. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Santa Monica, Calif.

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