In this fast-paced, modern world we live in, there are many factors that can cause us to feel anxious and stressed. Our culture is geared toward productivity. There is pressure on us to produce, to perform and to compete.
Anxiety and stress are our bodies’ way of coping with these pressures. They help us do the things that are demanded of us. Without a healthy level of anxiety, we would not be motivated to do what needs to be done.
How does Anxiety Disorder affect our body?
The problem begins when this level of anxiety moves out of the healthy range and starts to become problematic. This unhealthy level of stress can affect us both physically and psychologically.
Physically, stress can play a role in the development of many ailments. Heart disease, gastrointestinal ailments, musculoskeletal effects, infections and many other problems can arise from constant anxiety. Psychologically, too much stress can cause us to feel overwhelmed and out of control. It affects our thinking patterns and may produce changes in our behaviour. The inability to think clearly and efficiently can cause us much frustration. In addition to this, we may start to behave differently. For e.g., experiencing tremors, frequent hand washing and other behaviours related to obsessiveness. These behaviours can be quite debilitating.
The most efficient way to rid yourself of these symptoms of anxiety is to seek professional help. A psychologist can help you change the way you think. This can reduce these symptoms down to a more manageable level. Similarly, a psychologist can teach you various behavioural strategies that can reduce stress and take you on the path to a happier life.
If you feel you can benefit from reducing your anxiety, call MindWise Parramatta today and make an appointment.