Anxiety is a psychological as well as a physical state and is characterized by various behavioral components. The components combine to create an unpleasant feeling, leaving you feeling uneasy, scared or worried. Anxiety is generally regarded as a mood condition and can be triggered by a number of stimuli.  Stress is an everyday cause of anxiety and it is normal to feel a little anxious when being under pressure. However, when anxiety becomes excessive, it may be classified as an anxiety disorder.Symptoms and effects of anxiety may include fatigue, nausea, chest pain, stomach aches, headaches or a combination of the above.Anxiety has the ability to waste your time and energy and weakens you mentally and physically in the process. It is possible to overcome anxiety by making a couple of small changes to your lifestyle or to act on a situation instead of just reacting…Talk so someone that you can trust. Bottling up your anxieties and fears will only aggravate it on the long run. Talking about it is a good way to get some perspective on the way you’re feeling.Think happy thoughts! Anxiety goes hand in hand with negative thoughts. Therefore, the more negative you are, the more anxious you will be. Take control over your thoughts!You also need to also take control over your feelings. Feelings and emotions can definitely strengthen anxiety. Do not allow yourself to become emotionally or mentally detached. Make sure the last thoughts you have when going to bed and the first thoughts when waking up are positive thoughts. There are always good things in your life, even if you think it’s small or not important. Even if it’s the warm bed that you sleep in or the sound of rain outside your window – cherish those thoughts!Keep busy, do something you like! By keeping busy you can keep your mind of your anxiety. Sitting around thinking about your problems and worries won’t make them go away. Clean the house, work in your garden, do something constructive – you’d be amazed at how revitalized you’ll feel!Exercise, exercise, exercise! Go for a long jog, do some yoga or simply take a stroll in the park. This is a good way to prevent your fears from overwhelming you.Find reasons to laugh! Laugher brings happiness into your life. Watch comedies, spend some time with amusing friends or read a funny book.Do not give in to your feelings of anxiety. You are in control of your own happiness, so fight the unpleasant feelings with some of the suggestions mentioned above.If you feel you cannot overcome your anxiety on your own, do not hesitate to seek expert advice.

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Last Modified: October 23, 2010

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