Anxiety manifests itself in many ways. Across history, and even in the celebrity world, there are many accounts of famous people suffering from an anxiety disorder. Abraham Lincoln underwent a deep anxiety throughout his life, from many losses close to him and through feelings of inadequacy. He had to find ways to deal with anxiety as he managed the challenges of his presidency. This week we raise awareness of Mental Health Month with a spotlight on Anxiety.
Mental Health Month: Spotlight On Anxiety
In one famous instance, Barbara Streisand became reclusive after she forgot the lyrics to one of her songs while performing in Central Park in New York City. In another instance, Whoopi Goldberg had a fear of flying for years after witnessing a collision between two planes.
Whatever kind of anxiety a person is facing, it is a challenging condition that can make even simple things much more difficult.
In 2020 there has been real cause for people to suffer from anxiety. Over 3 million people worldwide have been confirmed as carrying the coronavirus, with deaths in the US topping 70,000. The press is full of stories about the economy being on the brink of collapse and many people have lost their jobs. Many others are juggling the almost-impossible act of homeschooling and working from home.
It is no surprise that stress and anxiety symptoms are permeating through homes. We must do all we can to take care of ourselves whilst staying at home and navigating these new challenges.
In the majority of our blog posts over the last few months we’ve taken the time to explain how CBD can help deal with the common symptoms associated with anxiety. This post is a spotlight on anxiety. A focused article on what the disorder is and how it can be managed.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is one of the most common mood disorders in the modern world and everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life. For example, you may feel worried and anxious about a job interview. This is perfectly normal. But some people find it hard to control their worries and this can affect their daily lives.
It not fully understood what causes anxiety, but it is likely to be a combination of factors such as an imbalance of the brain chemical serotonin which controls and regulates mood, or it could be genetic. It may be triggered by a traumatic experience or caused by drug or alcohol misuse.
Anxiety can affect people both physically and mentally. Psychological symptoms can include a sense of dread, feeling constantly “on edge” and difficulty concentrating.
Physical symptoms may be tiredness, a fast heartbeat, muscle aches and tension, shaking, shortness of breath, feeling sick and difficulty falling or staying asleep to name a few. Everybody experiences anxiety differently and it isn’t always clear what they’re feeling anxious about.
Not everyone experiences anxiety in the same way nor does every situation trigger an anxiety attack. People with social anxiety disorder (SAD) feel the symptoms of anxiety in certain social situations. Those with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) often feel excessive worry from an indeterminate stimulus.
How is Anxiety treated?
Traditionally, anxiety is treated with either therapy, medications or possibly both. Medications can be prescribed by a physician or a psychiatrist and can sometimes take the edge off symptoms. Some people will take medications while working with a therapist to reduce the cause of their anxiety.
Medications can cause side effects. They have proven effective in reducing the severity of the symptoms associated with anxiety. However, some of the side effects can be worse than the anxiety they are treating.
A typical therapy is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and is thought to be one of the most effective treatments for anxiety. CBT helps you to question your negative or anxious thoughts and do things you’d usually avoid because they make you anxious. It usually involves meeting with a specially trained therapist for a 1-hour session every week for 3 to 4 months.
There are lots of self-help treatments that people can use alongside visiting a therapist. Read a book or try an online course designed to help people cope with anxiety. Exercising regularly is a great method of combatting stress and releasing tension. It also encourages the brain to release serotonin which can improve mood.
Learning to relax is important. Relaxation and breathing exercises are helpful. Try activities such as yoga or pilates to help you unwind. Avoid caffeine as it can disrupt your sleep and speed up your heartbeat. Smoking and alcohol have also been shown to make anxiety worse.
CBD can help – a safe and reassuring option
There are plenty of alternatives to anxiety medications and many of those can be purchased over the counter. Some of them are not strong enough to make a difference for everyone so researchers have been searching for suitable options. One substitute is cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD. Mental Health Month may be the time to try a new tool to manage your anxiety.
CBD is a compound that’s found naturally in the hemp plant. It has had a tremendous effect on reducing anxiety symptoms.
CBD does not contain the psychoactive ingredient known as THC that is found in marijuana. Therefore, CBD is 100% safe, legal and it will not cause you to feel high.
Anxiety can be very tough to deal with, and the side effects of anxiety medications can be even worse. If you’re interested in something natural to treat your anxiety during Mental Health Month that can be just as effective as prescription medications, give CBD from UrthLeaf a try. See what it can do for you.