Are you stressed out? While feeling stressed out once in a while is normal, feeling that way every day and letting it affect your daily activities is not. According to the World Health Organization, 264,000,000 people in the world suffer from anxiety disorders, which is about 15%. It is more common in females, with 7.7% of them dealing with anxiety versus 3.6% of males. The most common age is between 40 and 49, according to the Global Burden of Disease Study. With these statistics, you can see that stress and anxiety disorders are pretty common all over the world.
Do You Need Help?
What is causing your anxiety? Work, school, home life? And should you just deal with it and move on or do you need treatment? That depends on how often you have the symptoms and if it is enough to affect your life. If you are missing work, isolating yourself, or are becoming unable to function in a normal basis, you would benefit greatly from speaking to a professional. Also, finding out what is causing you the most stress is essential to getting rid of the anxiety. You may not be able to rid it from your life completely (nobody has a stress-free life), but you should be able to lessen the stress enough so you can live a normal and productive life.
What is Causing Your Stress?
Figuring out the cause of your stress is the only way to get rid of it. Is it your job? Are you taking on too much responsibility at work or is your job too demanding? You may be able to relieve some of the stress by changing your job roles. For example, you could ask your boss for help with the tasks that are causing you the most stress or take a break from work completely for a short period of time to see if this eases the stress. Take a week or two for vacation and if you are less stressed afterward, you know it is your job situation that needs to change. However, if you are even more stressed out after being home that long, chances are pretty good that it is something at home that is causing the anxiety.
Do Something About It
Once you figure out what it is that is stressing you out, you will need to figure out what to do about it. After all, you cannot just quit your job, leave school, or walk out on your family because they are stressing you out. However, you can make some changes that will help. For example, like the example above, if your job is causing the anxiety, you can change things, ask for help, and if you cannot change it, maybe it is time to change jobs. If it is school that is causing the anxiety, talk to your academic advisor about what you can do. You will need to set goals and organize your life better to make things more manageable.
You Cannot Quit Your Family
Because you cannot just quit your family, you have to learn to fix things at home if that is where the anxiety is coming from. Try talking to your spouse or partner, get some help with the children, or hire someone to help you around the house. You can also talk to a professional about dealing with your anxiety. If you cannot change things, you will have to learn how to deal with them. Of course most of us do not have any extra time to take off and see a therapist or counselor, but with BetterHelp you can talk to a mental health expert online without an appointment and you do not even have to leave the house. Take a few minutes to check out their plan and see if you can benefit from what they have to offer.
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