Did you know that 19.2 million Americans suffer from SAD (Social Anxiety Disorder), 50% of all Social Anxiety Disorders develop by age 11, and 50% of the suffers
are women. SAD can be a serious disorder as it holds up back from achieving in our lives.
Although being anxious is a normal part of being human, people with SAD deal with anxiety on a daily basis. There are several ways that SAD affects those
whom suffer from the disorder. Below are signs of SAD
- Fear of leaving home, social withdrawal.
- Compulsive or repetitive behaviors.
- Trouble at school or work.
- Alcohol or drug abuse.
- Frequent emotional and physical health issues.
- Extreme, unwarranted fear of particular situations.
- Notable changes in personality.
- Family and relationship problems.
- Depression and suicidal thoughts.
Anxiety affects the body in many ways, and takes a serious tool on our general health. Let’s look further into the
negative impact that anxiety does to our bodies.
1.) Throat problems occur during episodes of anxiety causing the throat to become dry & the throat muscles to tighten; causing a choking sensation
and shortness of breath.
2.) Anxiety causes tense muscles, during anxiety, the muscles seize as a reflux reaction, there is also noticeable shakiness, jelly legs, trembling and pins and needles sensation.
3.) Over active spleen occurs in order to get more oxygen to the body and the spleen discharges more red and white blood cells.
4.) Skin reactions are common as a response to anxiety as it increases our blood flow. Some will become paler and others tend to flush.
5.) Anxiety also causes our bodies to produce more cortisol and the liver to produce more glucose. This causes a major spike in blood sugar levels.
6.) More serious cases develop cardiovascular problems, a weaker respiratory system, an overworked nervous system, a weakened immune system and stomach
and digestive issues ranging from troubles digesting food, changes in metabolism and having a greater susceptibility to ulcers.
There are several things that we can do to help ourselves and not to suffer; this is beneficial to your general health if you suffer from SAD.
Staying healthy requires a daily commitment on our behalf. Ignoring the physical affects of your anxiety will only make you feel worse in the long term.
1.) Get active! Start with gentle exercise and stretching before moving into full cardio. This is the best and most effective way to release muscle tension and
increase endorphins. Get your self on a schedule and stick with it.
2.) Learn to relax. There are several ways to learn relaxation techniques such as mindfulness exercises, meditation, bubble baths, listening to soft
background music. Massage is great too! All these techniques counteract the affects of anxiety and even stressful situations.
3.) Learn to think outside the box! Statistics have shown that infrared blanks and float therapy work wonders. Learn to focus on objects and calm your mind.
Do deep breathing several times per day; this is so beneficial. A great breathing technique I have used through out the years is as follows:
- Breath in for 4 seconds
- Hold your breath for 7 seconds
- Exhale your breath for 8 seconds
- Repeat this once or twice more
This defiantly is great for stressful situations which cause you to be anxious.
If you feel you’re not benefiting from the above, it is suggested seeking professional help; and there is nothing wrong with that! Learning how to
effectively manage your anxiety and reduce your physical symptoms is the ultimate goal. This defiantly takes some time, but if you stay dedicated to
your therapy and your goals, you will be to feel less anxious in your life.
The effects of anxiety on our bodies are indicators that something isn’t right and it is important that we pay attention to these signals.
Often people with SAD have a sense of impending doom.