There are at least 40 million adults in the United States aged 18 and above, who have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, making it the most common mental illness.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, despite the mental illness being highly treatable, less than 40% of the afflicted actually seek treatment. These disorders can develop from a range of risk factors such as individual personality, genetic make-up and traumatic life events.
Those who are not proactive about managing their anxiety or are simply unaware, can be prone to developing chronic fatigue. One of the major causes of chronic fatigue, which coincides with anxiety disorder is prolonged exposure to stressful environments. It can also be caused by ineffective means of managing stress or hormonal imbalances and a weak immune system.
Learning how to manage your stress levels in everyday life is even more important when removing yourself from a stress inducing environment is not a possible. Here are some ways you can practice stress management to combat anxiety and chronic fatigue.
Identify what the cause of stress is
It’s very important to address the root cause of your anxiety as this will help you understanding your condition better. Before you work on finding a solution, it’s important to acknowledge the source and label your feelings. This helps you come up with a viable game plan with the most accessible resources at hand.
Mindfulness is a useful activity practiced by millions around the globe which helps you focus on the present. For people with anxiety, the most common feeling they experience is restlessness and racing thoughts. Since you’re focusing too much on the future and worst possible outcomes, it can be difficult to think of the present. Mindfulness helps you focus on your breathing and stay in touch with your present reality.
Another way to combat chronic fatigue and anxiety on the daily is to make yourself physically stronger. Take up any physical activity you enjoy the most to bump up your daily exercise regime and help release hormones like endorphins in your body. This allows you to regulate your mood and emotions better.
Have you recently become a mental health professional or been practicing for a decade? In either case, you can’t argue that there’s always room for learning. If you’re interested in broadening your horizons and polishing your skills even more from the comfort of your home or office, get in touch with E Care Behavioral Health Institute.
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