WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: MANAGING FEAR, ANXIETY AND PANIC

In today’s Wellness Wednesday blog post we’re going to be sharing ways that you can manage your fear, anxiety and panic. It’s normal to feel anxious and fearful sometimes – they’re really important emotions that help us avoid dangerous situations. However, it’s not normal when these emotions arise without a threat present. Fear, anxiety and panic can get so bad that they affect your daily living. There are some things you can do to manage these feelings.

Firstly it’s important to recognise if you’re experiencing anxiety and panic. Symptoms of anxiety include: faster or irregular heartbeat, dizziness, headache, problems concentrating, loss of appetite, chest pain, nervousness, insomnia, tension. If you’re experiencing a panic attack, you may have the following symptoms: trembling, sweating, a feeling of losing control, shortness or breath, nausea.

If these feelings sound familiar, there a number of ways to ease these symptoms.

An important thing to do is to reach out to someone you trust and tell them how you feel. If you feel uncomfortable doing this or have no one to turn to, you can call Samaritans on 116 123. You can also try some calming breathing techniques which really help to relax you and slow your breathing down. We have written a blog post about breathing techniques which you can read HERE.

Looking after your body physically can also really help in managing fear, anxiety and panic too. You should make sure you’re exercising regularly, getting good quality sleep and eating a healthy, balanced diet.

Another way to manage these feelings is to relax. This can be easier said than done, but it’s all about understanding how and when YOU feel the most relaxed. Try yoga, meditation, reading a book, a hot bubble bath.

Sometimes you may need help from a professional which is where we come in. If you feel as though fear, anxiety and panic are affecting your quality of life, get in touch with Dalton Wise today.

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