As we’ve mentioned in a few recent blogs, anxiety is now a constant companion during the current pandemic. While those already suffering from mental health conditions are at particular risk, learning to cope with it has become a necessity for all of us. With this in mind, we’d like to share a recent and wonderfully informative article from Prevention and go over some of the highlights here.

 

Anxiety Can Be Useful

Feelings of anxiety are part of a body’s natural response to stimuli and without them, our species never would have survived. These feelings can often be a great motivator when properly recognized.

 

Anxiety May Be a Diagnosable Condition

The difficulties arise when these feelings start to dominate our lives. Furthermore, it may be a mental health condition that we’re dealing with rather than the subjects of our worries. Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) affects 6.8 million American adults.

 

It’s Not All in Your Head

Anxiety is powerful enough to cause actual physical sensations. These include insomnia, sweating, dizziness, shaking, headaches, and neck, shoulder, and back pain.

 

Women Suffer from It More Often Than Men

The article cites research showing that 23% of American women had some type of anxiety disorder in the past year compared to 14% of American men.

 

Stress Reduction Techniques Work

Breaking a sweat can release endorphins that relieve the symptoms while mindfulness practices like meditation keep us present in the now.

 

Anxiety is Treatable

Studies show cognitive behavioral therapy to be an effective technique to combat anxiety.

 

Know Your Triggers

Overcoming anxiety starts with learning what triggers it. Journaling and talking with a therapist can help bring these triggers into the open.

 

Turn Off Your Phone

A San Francisco State University study shows a correlation between screen time and elevated anxiety levels.

 

You Don’t Have to Do It Alone

If anxiety is affecting your life, there are professionals ready to help you overcome it. Along with the aforementioned cognitive behavioral therapy, medication combined with therapy can also be an effective course of action.

Love Life Again

Barn Life Recovery, now offering telehealth therapy, combines an evidence-based approach with ancient Eastern healing methods such as tai chi and qigong. It’s all part of our holistic solution to mental health issues. If you or someone you know is struggling with anxiety or depression, please give our admissions office a call today to find out if Barn Life Recovery is right for you. Call now and learn to love life again.