Anxiety and How to Help

Written by Karen Gibbs

1. The Signs of Anxiety

Sometimes people who appear to have no problems at all suffer inwardly with anxiety. It shows up in signs like people-pleasing, inability to say no, overthinking, insomnia, nervous habits like playing with their hair, lip chewing, and nail-biting.

2. The Real Symptoms of Anxiety

These hidden signs cause problems that sufferers are very much aware of. They hide the symptoms by keeping busy, being a perfectionist and taking on tasks that keep up with their racing minds. The inability to slow down and relax often results in weight loss.

3. Recognize Anxiety in Yourself and Others

If you or a loved one have any of these symptoms, it might be what is often described as high functioning anxiety. People who struggle with this usually don’t take the time to stop and think about the issues and have a constant urge to get things done. 

4. Dealing with your Feelings

The first thing to do is to take time out. Slow down, stop and think. Do you or a loved one have any of these symptoms? It can sometimes come as quite a shock to realise that what you thought was competence is actually anxiety!

5. How to Help with Anxiety

The first step is the acknowledge there could be an issue. Take time out sporadically throughout the day to calm your thoughts. Learn to do some mini-meditations as these are an easy way to help your mind to slow. Practice gratitude. Every morning think about ten things you are grateful for. Trust me, at first, that is hard to do! Think of new things each day and you will be surprised how much this changes your mindset. Plan to do at least one thing each day that you really enjoy – something especially for you. Gradually you will look forward to some downtime, but being aware is the first step to a calmer day.

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About the author

Karen Gibbs

Karen is a grief and loss mentor residing in Queensland, Australia. She spends her time motivating and inspiring others through her writings and blog posts which she takes great pleasure in creating and designing each day.
Karen published her first book, Scrapbook Creations, in 2002 and won the Sunshine Coast Excellence in Business award for her business of the same name. In 2015 Karen was a contributing author to the #1 best seller "365 Ways to Connect with your Soul." Karen is currently writing a book entitled "Stop The Downward Spiral" - An essential guide to healing and is "Everything the depressed person in your life needs you to know." She continues to put her writing and creative skills into her passion of making a difference in the lives of others and gains inspiration while outdoors with her horse Romey....
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