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The millennial guide on how to fight anxiety

23.01.2019

We established that Millennials have to deal with issues different from what other generations have ever had to deal with and depression being one of them,the word anxiety is swiftly introduced into the picture. In the scenario of a generation that will never be able to own a house, that doesn’t have access to permanent jobs and copes with the struggles of emerging on social media, one of the other things Millennials, but not only them, will have to find a way out for is how to fight anxiety.

We will be looking at the signs of anxiety and how to know if you have anxiety as well as looking at some of the hacks put it at bay.

Why do millennials have so much anxiety?

It’s the fear of missing out, the social media addiction, the lack of real relationships that don’t happen on screen, the fake collage they have created for themselves on social media and can’t live up to for many reasons: Millennials don’t have all that cash to spend on luxury hotels and fancy clothes, they don’t have cool jobs, they still have to tell their mum when they will be back for dinner.

What does anxiety feel like?

What is anxiety? Some have described anxiety as a ‘dark friend’, something that catches you unexpectedly and shows up in different, unsettling ways. It can be nausea but there are specific disorders to be looking into before you search how to fight anxiety:

  • Panic attacks: palpitations, sweating, increased breathing and anything that  feels as if sleep paralysis was actually happening for real. A state of numbness and pain that can feel as if you are having a heart attack
  • Social phobia: this anxiety related disorder is the closest one to what can be more lightly defined as paranoia. You are too worried and self-conscious about any social situations that occur on a normal daily basis
  • Different types of specific phobias: feeling anxious about an interview or about meeting your girlfriend’s parents is something we have all somehow experienced, but coping with having a fear of heights or flying is something that can take a toll on your levels of anxiety and create an anxiety disorder altogether.
  • Overall anxiety: generally speaking, you never feel relaxed, able to decide with a clear mind and cortisol level are always pumping in your nerves. Stress is OK, as it can get most people more dynamic and decide quicker, as long as it doesn’t paralyse your decision making.

 

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How to fight anxiety

How to fight anxiety starts with looking at the specific disorder you might manifest as well as the single symptoms, to understand if what you feel is an isolated episode or part of a bigger problem to solve.

If you have felt more than once in the last month one or more of the following symptoms manifesting in particular occasions, it’s high time you started working on your anxiety:

Problems with sleeping; felt you cannot stay calm; panic, fear, and uneasiness; tingling, cold and numb hands; dry mouth; palpitations; nausea and dizziness.

So, how do you fight anxiety?

The stress is very much on that you as it is advisable that should you experience these symptoms frequently, your GP is the one person to turn; medication is no joke and you want to make sure you are not risking compromising your health. So, don’t self-medicate, check with your doctor first.

Having established this though, it is of course legit to try and figure things out more. You can first try and cure the symptoms of anxiety and stop the vicious cycle that leads to more anxiety. The hacks are simple, but they might entail more willpower than you’d think:

  • fight cortisol levels with rising your endorphin levels. Smiling a lot, being grateful and nice to people. On a physical point of view, cardio exercise, anything from a long stroll in the park to a proper run, will increase your ability to block pain out.
  • find a ‘class’ that regenerates your state of mind; anything from meditation, yoga, energy healing will boost your ability to cope with stress as well as your social skills. You will be meeting new people!
  • eat, sleep and be reasonable to your body: try to get some balance in life and fuel your body with healthy food, as well as staying away from junk. Any type of junk.
  • natural remedies for anxiety: we all have thought about it. CBD, the non-intoxicating extract from cannabinoid, not containing THC, has risen in popularity in beauty and health treatments thanks to its relaxing properties.  It is still unknown territory on regulations over the production of CBD oil.

 

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It is very individual and personal to find the right natural remedy for you, but since they are natural, trying them our won’t hurt you.