Anxiety and panic attacks are a very common problem among many people around the world. In fact most people will have an anxiety attack during some part of their life. But what is really going on in the brain during these attacks? Also, what effects do these attacks have on the body?
Anxiety and panic exist in humans and animals for a reason. Anxiety is your brains way of sensing that you are in danger. When you are truly in danger the chemicals work to help you escape that danger. It is a basic evolutionary trait, but sometimes people start to feel anxiety at times when it may not be appropriate to the situation. Sometimes you may not even know that you are experiencing so much anxiety and stress, or other times you may know you are experiencing it but feel powerless as to how to stop it.
When too much stress takes over your body it can manifest itself into all sorts of physical conditions. You could feel aches and pains or headaches. You may frequently feel sick to your stomach. There are even a large number of people each year that visit emergency rooms because of anxiety taking over their body and they may be thinking they are having a heart attack. This should illustrate that stress can take a huge toll on your life and should be dealt with when it arises.
If you are feeling anxiety and stress, the best thing you can do for yourself is to slow down and consider some mechanisms to help cope with the stress. Exercise is one of the main natural stress relievers out there. It may sound very simple but it releases endorphins in your brain. It will promote a feeling of relaxation and actually help you sleep. Regular exercise can help battle your anxiety, depression and panic.
Relaxation is another simple yet helpful example. Meditation is a way to relax, but really you would know the best way to get yourself to relax. It is helpful to find a time each day where you put your worries aside and do something that you find relaxing.
Striving for a positive outlook will also combat your anxiety. Again, sometimes people feel powerless but it is best to look on the bright side and strive for confidence.