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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a psychiatric disorder that does not discriminate against age, race, or time. This disorder has a significant impact on the lives of many Americans. But what many might find surprising is that OCD does not care whether you are famous or worth millions of dollars either. So, imagine its impact on rich and famous people with OCD who are constantly in the spotlight.

While it might seem bizarre, there are many people who have refused to let mental health issues like OCD stand in their way of achieving success and the adoration of their many fans. You might be shocked to hear that some of your favorite celebrities count themselves among the large number of people who deal every day with the impact of OCD in their lives.

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Here are 13 famous people with OCD that have not allowed it to get in their way of being successful.

 

Daniel Radcliffe

At the tender age of 11, Daniel Radcliffe found himself thrust into the spotlight when he first starred as Harry Potter. This beloved, shy boy did not have it easy, and he grew up in the public eye. As his stardom rapidly progressed over a short time, he had to learn to deal with the pressure of constant public exposure.

Admittingly, Radcliffe described his persona as “attracted to chaos” and “dead behind the eyes” after receiving his official OCD diagnosis. But what changed his life was being in the Harry Potter franchise because it made him have a lot of fun. He was smart enough to make his initial choices early on in his career that kept him franchised to the Potter series. This was fortunate for him because, at the time, there were not many decent roles for teenage boys.

Having been diagnosed with OCD at the age of five, he had OCD and mental health issues drilled into him at an incredibly young age. Radcliffe opened up about his struggles with OCD to The Sun in 2012. He had to work especially hard to keep his compulsion a secret while intensely suffering from an anxiety disorder.

 

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OCD is a mental illness.

 

Howard Stern

As a famous American TV and radio personality and a well-acclaimed author, Howard Stern has not let his obsessive-compulsive disorder stop him in his artistic endeavors. He has earned an outstanding reputation for disarming mega-celebrities, ranging from Donald Trump to Bill Murray. However, during his journey to becoming a multi-million net worth famous radio star, he found it difficult to battle his long-standing obsessive-compulsive disorder. His condition causes him to touch his radio mic several times and press multiple buttons before starting his show, but with a compulsion to do it right-handed only.

While Stern’s unstoppable personality has allowed him to lead many celebrities to publicly spill private details of their life on his show, discussion about his OCD and mental conditions and issues have remained quiet. However, in an interview with Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos, Stern spoke about how heartbreak over his divorce led his compulsion and anxiety to worsen and put his relationship with his daughters at risk. He found that psychotherapy helped him start a new chapter in his life and allowed him to open up like nothing before.

David Beckham

As a famous English football captain, David Beckham is known around the globe. But what you and many others probably do not know is that this role model has obsessive-compulsive disorder. He is obsessed with keeping things perfectly arranged. For example, a few of his known eccentric rituals include:

  • Rearranging hotel rooms
  • Purchasing numerous cans of soft drinks and arranging them to perfection
  • Organizing all his clothes by color

Beckham spoke up about his OCD in a television interview and explained about his bizarre and compulsive rituals and the urge to make everything perfect. He spoke of how he has tried to break his OCD cycle multiple times but has been unable to do so.

Of course, living with someone with OCD can be challenging, and Beckham’s wife, Victoria, was the first to figure out her husband’s mental health problems. His organization quirks often run contrary to what she does in their home but somehow, they make it work.

While Beckham kept his OCD condition secret from his Real Madrid teammates, his former teammates from Manchester United enjoyed poking fun at his condition. They would find it amusing to go into his hotel room and disorganized his clothes and closet, and then spread his shoes around the room.

 

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OCD causes repeated unwanted thoughts.

 

Katy Perry

OCD is a type of anxiety disorder that usually involves repetitive, compulsive actions and bizarre thoughts. Famous “Roar” singer Katy Perry knows the uneasiness of this mental condition all too well and blames her OCD on her childhood. She began experiencing flares as a child and acknowledged in Elle magazine that she has OCD tendencies and does strange things like buttoning everything up, hanging clothes a certain way, and color coordinating them. She said, “When things are out of control in your childhood, you find things to focus on.”

In interviews with the media, Katy has explained that she never had proper schooling and was unable to make long-term friendships because her parents were always moving around the United States while she was a child. She believes her lack of education is the dominant factor behind her OCD.

Some of Perry’s bizarre OCD behaviors include:

  • Brushing her teeth four to six times daily
  • Having faith in the existence of aliens
  • Being unable to travel without her teddy bear
  • Having a compulsion to have everything in alphabetical order

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Justin Timberlake

When talking to the media, Justin Timberlake has told them that “Life is complicated.” Not only does Timberlake suffer from OCD, but he also has Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). In an interview with Collider, Timberlake said, “I have OCD mixed with ADD. You try living with that. It’s complicated.”

So, what are his addictive rituals? Timberlake says he is addicted to performing live. As soon as he sees large audiences in the arena, it stirs up his compulsion, and his addiction takes control. He just wants to keep performing live forever. This compulsion does not go away once the performance ends.

Of course, being married to someone with OCD is always a challenge. According to a source, Timberlake and his now-wife Jessica Biel did go through some arguments about his need to keep their favorite food lined up accordingly in the refrigerator. Biel still has a hard time with her husband’s habits of needing to arrange bottles of beer, water, and whiskey just right. As for now, no one is spilling the beans on what has been done or how Timberlake copes with his OCD symptoms.

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Howie Mandel

Living with OCD is not easy, especially if you are a celebrity suffering from various forms of OCD. One such famous person is comedian Howie Mandel. One of the compulsions he is most famous for is being an extreme germaphobe. This is the reason why he always keeps his head shaved. He says he feels a lot cleaner with his hair always shaved.

Mandel admits to what has become his most common and rigid compulsion. He states, “The simplest example I can give you is: I don’t think I locked the door, so I go back, and I check the door like everyone else. And then I still don’t think I locked the door, so I go back and recheck the door. And I still think I didn’t lock the door. And I can go back, like, 30 times. Intellectually, I know that I’ve checked the door 29 times before, but I can’t stop myself from going back and checking it again and again and again.”

Obsessive-compulsive disorder has had an effect on both Mandel’s comedy career and family. He has said that comedy is the only part when he can deliver his best brain energies to concentrate on every minor detail around him. He tries not to allow OCD to interfere with his passion for his work as a comedian and living like one. As for his family, Mandel’s is much more patient and tolerant than an average person’s family would be.

 

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OCD affects people of all ages.

 

Charlize Theron

Famous actress and humanitarian Charlize Theron has always been open about her obsessive-compulsive disorder. While she was very wild in her 20s and explored the world like nothing could stop her, once she reached her 30s, things kept whirling around her OCD and related behaviors.

Belonging to a world of glamour and stardom with a brilliant career, Theron’s OCD runs entirely against all that, especially with her extreme aversion to the glitter of all things. She opened up about her OCD compulsion to glitter while appearing on the Ellen show. She said, “I am against it … I don’t buy it. Ever. But it’s on the costume dresses. There’s a lot of times when I am walking through my house, and you know I have a little OCD thing, and I’m thinking, where is this glitter coming from? And it’s those princess dresses …”

Theron has spoken multiple times about the secret that has helped her become less anxious, her kids. She has said that being a single mother has taught her incredible ways and immense tolerance for sorting out her anxiety as much as possible. Theron has also credited her therapy for OCD for making it possible for her to come to a point in her life where she is in harmony with both her work and her two adopted children.

 

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OCD causes great distress.

 

Leonardo DiCaprio

Everyone around the world knows the famous actor Leonardo DiCaprio. This successful actor was born to be a star and has won an Oscar and three Golden Globe awards that prove his talent and acting skills. However, even though DiCaprio has enjoyed massive success throughout his life, he could not avoid the effect that having an obsessive-compulsive disorder had on him.

DiCaprio finally opened up about his OCD about 10 years ago. He had been hiding it for so long. His talks suggest that he has been aware of its effects on his life since he was a child. When speaking to About.com, he said, “I remember as a child stepping on cracks on the way to school and having to walk back a block and step on that same crack.”

Another OCD behavior that DiCaprio has been open about is that he must walk the hallways back and forth to make sure that no chewing gum has stuck to his shoes. His OCD ways have not escaped those around him, either. On-set, his make-up artists gossip about his repetitive behaviors that include touching brushes and frequently doing strange compulsive rituals.

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Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham has made a big name for herself in the entertainment industry. But with that fame, she has also gained a lot of attention for openness about her struggle with OCD and a plethora of other mental health concerns. This actress and writer has opened up about her never-ending “Fears of Night.” At the tender age of only eight years old, and later as an adult in The New Yorker magazine, Dunham wrote, “I am afraid of everything.”

The following statement written by Dunham sums up her fears very well, “The list of things that keep me up at night includes but is not limited to: appendicitis, typhoid, leprosy, unclean meat, foods I haven’t seen emerge from their packaging, foods my mother hasn’t tasted first so that if we die we die together, homeless people, headaches, rape, kidnapping, milk, the subway, sleep.” Creepy huh? Imagine having to deal with all those fears.

However, there is more to Dunham’s struggles with fear and OCD that do not seem to be sorted out as of yet. Now that she is an adult, her OCD continually shapeshifts. Her obsessive disorder has now been turned into a character on the HBO show “Girls.” Dunham refers to this character as her alter ego.

 

Fiona Apple

You may know Fiona Apple as an American singer and songwriter. However, you may not know that she recently revealed that she has been dealing with and struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder. In talking to Elle magazine, she said, “I had really bad obsessive-compulsive disorder. At its worst, I was compelled to leave my house at three o’clock in the morning and go out in the alley because I just knew that the paper-towel roll I threw in the recycling bin was uncomfortable like it was lying the wrong way, and I would be down in the garbage.”

Yes, Apple feels compelled to compulsively straighten out garbage cans. But OCD has caused her to do many more rituals as this anxiety problem has affected her career and personal life much over the past several years. She cannot drive, and it took her seven years to record just one album because of her OCD.

Apple has supposedly been captivated by OCD since her childhood. She says she has very dark memories of her past, which could be the possible cause of her mental disorder.

 

OCD
OCD is an anxiety disorder.

 

Donald Trump

Next on the list is none other than the current president of the United States himself, Donald Trump. By now, most of us are familiar with many of Trump’s quirks. While he might not be afraid of making very bold decisions, he has expressed multiple times in interviews in the past that he fears things that can be associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

To start, Trump has confessed to having germaphobia and is compelled to wash his hands repeatedly, and as he put it, “as many times as possible!” But his compulsions are not just limited to hand washing. He always prefers to drink from straws to avoid contaminating his hands from the cup.

Back in the 1990s, Trump participated in about 15 hours of long interviews with radio personality Howard Stern. Many copies of these interviews still exist. In these interviews, Trump expressed his OCD briefly.

Here’s what Stern has said about his interviews with Trump, “Today, we learned some interesting things about Donald Trump. He’s very wealthy, and yet he’s a prisoner of obsessive-compulsive disorder.”

 

OCD
OCD is characterized by repetitive behaviors.

 

Cameron Diaz

You may know actress Cameron Diaz from her roles in such famous movies as “The Mask,” “Something about Mary,” or “Charlie’s Angels.” You might also know that she entered the entertainment industry at the very tender age of 15 as a model. From there, her good fortune directed her to stardom in Hollywood. However, what you probably do not know is that she too suffers from OCD.

Diaz admits that she has been captivated with obsessive-compulsive disorder and germaphobia since she was 19. One of her most noted compulsive rituals is rubbing her doorknobs repeatedly, so many times that the paint over them became faded.

What is interesting is that her other noted bizarre ritual contradicts her compulsion to touch doorknobs. Her other obsession is opening doors with her elbows so that she does not come in contact with germs.

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Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba is a well-known actress who entered the entertainment industry as a teen star and turned into a successful businesswoman with her own company and brand. She has confirmed that she, in fact, does suffer from OCD.

As a child, Alba suffered from multiple health issues, including kidney problems, pneumonia, and asthma. Like others with OCD, her prior health struggles and lack of control over her life could have led to her obsessive-compulsive behavior.

In an interview with ABC News, Alba stated, “I used to unplug every single appliance in my house. Or I’d double-check every door in my house to make sure it was locked at night…It was like a panic came over me, and I had to do something, and once I did it, I was OK. … It was me needing to control something.”

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The Bottom Line

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States. It is a chronic issue that takes twists and turns that can lead to exceedingly long-lasting symptoms that take over people’s lives.

The commonality of OCD is too widespread to escape. Even celebrities are not spared from the effects of it. The only way to effectively manage this disorder is to get it diagnosed as soon as possible by a certified physician. There are many ways that OCD can be treated, ranging from small to more extensive treatments, including medication and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Individuals with this disorder need to find the treatment that best suits their unique needs for settling their anxiety that triggers their compulsive behaviors.

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The CDC asserts that adults should have 7-9 hours of sleep daily. Nonetheless, research among U.S residents revealed that 25% of people battle insomnia annually. Thankfully, 75% of this population only has short-term insomnia. Some people, however, do not realize they are battling insomnia because they are not conversant with the disorder’s description.

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Insomnia is described as a difficulty in falling or/and staying asleep. In most cases, you will also wake up too early when suffering from insomnia. Acute insomnia lasts for a night to some weeks, while chronic insomnia occurs at least three nights per week and lasts for more than three months. Below are tidbits on the causes of insomnia and some treatment alternatives for it.

 

Causes of Insomnia

There are two types of insomnia, including primary and secondary. Secondary insomnia is linked to an underlying health condition, while primary insomnia has no underlying cause. Below are some of the common causes of different forms of insomnia:

Acute Insomnia:

This is caused by:

  • A change in environment
  • Stress
  • Excess light, temperature, or noise
  • Uncomfortable mattress or bed
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Psychological trauma
  • Jet lag
  • Medication
  • Exercise or watching TV before going to bed since these keep your brain stimulated

 

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Insomnia is a sleep disorder.

 

Secondary Insomnia:

This commonly follows:

  • Medical conditions like back issues and arthritis that cause discomfort
  • Substance use
  • Psychological issues like debilitating anxiety and depression
  • Diabetes
  • Other sleep disorders like restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea
  • Long-term medication use like antihypertensives, hormonal drugs, and the anti-seizure medication
  • Nasal blockage or sinuses
  • Neurological issues like Parkinson’s

Other causes of insomnia include:

  • Age because sleep satisfaction often decreases as you grow older
  • Childhood behavioral issues
  • Acid reflux, nocturia, and disrupted breathing in pregnancy
  • Excessive alcohol, tobacco, or caffeine use

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Management Options for Insomnia

A doctor will diagnose insomnia after listening to your sleep and medical histories, then conducting a physical exam to rule out other issues. You might also be required to keep a sleep diary and have special tests at a sleep center. Below are the management options the doctor will recommend if you are diagnosed with insomnia:

1. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy {CBT}

The ACP {American College of Physicians} recommends cognitive behavioral therapy as the first-line treatment for adults with chronic insomnia. Part of the problem in insomnia arises from the fears and anxieties associated with insomnia, which make it hard to fall or stay asleep. CBT helps you cope with these anxieties and calm your mind to sleep.

2. Sleep Hygiene Training

In sleep hygiene training, a specialist will help you pick the behaviors and issues that might be causing your insomnia. The training will then focus on helping you change these disruptive behaviors. Some of the changes that might be suggested in sleep hygiene training include:

  • Avoiding caffeinated drinks, sugary or spicy foods, and exercise before bedtime.
  • Minimizing the time you spend on the bed when not sleeping, such as when watching television or surfing the internet.
  • Developing a consistent bedtime routine.
  • Avoiding daytime naps.
  • Keeping your bedroom sufficiently cool or warm and the bed comfortable.

 

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Insomnia can make it hard to fall asleep.

 

3. Medications

In a few instances, medications might be needed to manage your insomnia. One common over-the-counter medication category used for insomnia management is an antihistamine like Benadryl. Even so, these medications only cause you to sleep as a side effect and come with a range of side effects, more so when used for a long time. As such, they should not be used without an expert’s input. Some of the prescription drugs used for the treatment of insomnia include:

  • Eszopiclone.
  • Zolpidem.
  • Benzodiazepines like diazepam, triazolam, and lorazepam.

Most medications used for insomnia can cause tolerance. This is a reduced effect of the medication when used for a long time. To minimize this risk, drugs are often used in combination with other treatments and not for long periods.

4. Melatonin Supplements

Melatonin is a hormone that your body naturally produces during the sleep cycle. There are now melatonin supplements that can be prescribed to mimic this natural hormone and help you fall asleep. While there is some evidence that the supplements will reduce the time it will take you to fall asleep, they should only be used for a short time because their long-term safety profile is inconclusive.

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Conclusion:

Insomnia is not an issue that you should take lightly. When left untreated, the condition leads to difficulty in concentrating, mood changes, anxiety, irritability, and daytime fatigue, among other issues. The information above has hopefully increased your understanding of the causes and management alternatives for insomnia. You thus can now make an informed choice on managing insomnia. The management should, however, only be handled by trained specialists.

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Crystal healing is a pseudo-medical way of dealing with different ailments. Even though there is no scientific evidence of their technique, but they work. Crystal healing is a practice you should try if you haven’t yet incorporated it into your daily life activities. The level of spiritual awakening and connection of your mind, body, and soul is mind-blowing.

Yes, practicing crystal healing does need experience, but how will you get the experience without giving it a try? Given that humans are spiritual beings, the crystals can and will unlock a level of understanding, gentles, calmness, and peace beyond you. They will improve your connection with yourself, others, nature, and the spiritual realm.

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The crystals work by activating energies they possess and channel them to the different chakras. They also change the negative energy into positive. The rocks get rid of anxiety, depression, confusion, anger, hatred, and pain, among others. They can be worn as forms on jewelry like bracelets, pendants, earrings, or even rings. You can also get yourself the actual rocks, place them in strategic places in your house, or carry them along.

Various celebrities have already discovered the power that lies within these crystals; a good example being Adele, who says, “I was so nervous about my comeback show as I was out of practice and busy being a mum. But it was one of the best shows I’ve ever done, and I had these bloody crystals in my hand”. Victoria Beckham says she is a very spiritual person and travels with them. Kate Perry spoke of how she doesn’t stay single for long as she carries a lot of Rose Quartz to attract the men and uses Amethyst to calm down. Naomi Campbell speaks of how the stones bring a great energy, and she carries them with her when traveling.  

Some of the crystal rocks that can offer healing include;

 

Number One: Amethyst

This crystal is a common rock among crystal collectors and essential among crystal healers. The rock derives its name from its beautiful purple color. The rock is available in different sizes and shapes. There are several different varieties of Amethyst, each with its esoteric attributes and associations.

Amethyst crystal is useful, especially when you are sleepless. This crystal will just calm and smooth your mind to some peaceful sleep. You can place it under your pillow when going to bed or put one out on each bed leg, choose what works for you. You can also wear amethyst crystal to utilize its soothing energy that will heal your anxiety and stress.

 

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Amethyst is popular purple gemstone.

 

The crystal is known for its healing capabilities like improving blood circulation, regulating blood pressure, relieving pain and stress. It also inhibits bacterial colonization, reducing infections.

The Amethyst crystal is Taurus lucky stone, but luck can be shared with other zodiac signs like Pisces, Aries, Sagittarius, Virgo, Aquarius, and Scorpio. Don’t doubt the power of this stone. Robin Thick dropped a whopping $20,000 on it.

Most prominent properties of Amethyst;

  • Useful in making the space feel clean and calm
  • Opens up the brain
  • Cleans up negative thoughts
  • Makes sleeping easy and peaceful
  • Strengthens the endocrine and immune systems
  • Worker wonders for the nervous system
  • Acts as a pain reliever
  • It is an excellent all-around healing crystal.
  • Reduces headaches
  • It helps relieve stress and anxiety in favor of the businesswoman.

 

Number Two: Blue Lace Agate

A discussion on crystal rocks can’t be held without the mention of this rock. The Blue Lace agate is a healing rock of sky-blue color and has lace-like stripes banded within the rock. It is known as the stone of expansion. This type of rock is sparse hence requires effort to find exactly what you need at a reasonable price. Blue lace agate can be put in pendants or different jewelry so you can carry your crystal along with you. The rock can also be strategically placed in your room to give the gentle mood of maximum relaxation.

The stone of expansion opens up your mind just as the sky. Meaning it gives you a calm, restful and clear perception of life, making it useful in moments of absolute uncertainty. It gives you that special connection to your spiritual guide. The blue lace agate improves your communication chakra by making you feel free to express your mind authentically. It enhances affirmation of whatever positive words you are telling yourself by reducing the harsh self-criticism. The stone can be helpful in conflict times as it can diffuse the situation and encourage a positive way of expression.

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This stone is perfect for Gemini and Pisces zodiacs to begin with and will help deal with anxiety, anger, or frustration. This form of agate is only found in Namibia and South Africa.

Most prominent properties of Blue Lace Agate;

  • Promotes connection to your spiritual guide
  • Expands the mind
  • Improves communication
  • Helpful in meditation
  • Encourages harmony between you and others and within yourself
  • Helps with health problems like arthritis, infections, abdominal issues, and asthma.

 

Number Three: Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz is a common crystal rock with a touch of pink color. The crystal is inexpensive, so there is no excuse for not having it in your collection. The stone is associated with the heart chakra, making the Rose quartz the symbol of love. The rock speaks volumes on the matters of the heart. It is an amazing gift to give to a loved one as it expresses love and healing. Purchases can be of the actual rock crystal or jewelry containing pieces of the crystal. 

Rose Quartz is useful in enhancing relationships and amplifying the romantic energy in you. It is not necessarily loved for others but self-love too. Loving oneself will translate to loving others, as you can’t give what you don’t have. Its healing potential is exceptional as it warms you up inside and releases gentleness and affection.

 

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Rose Quartz is the stone of universal love.

 

This rock is appropriate for those who have insomnia, and it also prevents nightmares. The gem is used to heal the skin in burns, acne, vertigo, or other chronic skin disorders. It stabilizes the heart rate, palpitations, and relieves tension. The respiratory system helps with chest and lung problems by reducing cough and opening the bronchial pathway. It has also been used by mothers suffering from postpartum depression.

Most prominent properties of Rose Quartz;

  • Relaxes your mind and body
  • Considered a powerful healing stone
  • It is a symbol of love and affection to others and yourself.
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Gives a sense of inner peace
  • Boost immunity and improves circulation

 

Number Four: Clear Quartz

Clear quartz is a great choice of rock to start within your crystal collection for a beginner. Clear quartz is generally common, making it inexpensive to buy. The rocks come in different sizes, but despite the size, they help attain a similar goal. These stones will magnify the energy surrounding you. It amplifies the energy of other rocks when placed close to them. It proves useful for meditation as it clears your mind.

This stone is also known as the tiger’s eye. It is best known for absorbing negative thoughts. It works great for Leo. When using the crystal and it seems faded, you can re-activate it by lending it some of your energy. A simple way is talking to the crystal or submitting your breath. Another way would be exposing the crystal to wave sounds.

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This rock is exactly as it’s called and helps give clarity. It acts as a deep soul cleanser as it clears the negative energy and amplifies the positive. In a clear state of mind, the rock helps you connect with the spirit world easily. The rock taps into all the chakras you have and magnifies the energy in and around you.

Clear quartz is a great piece to decorate around your house with but be careful while using it in the bedroom as it can keep you up at night. 

Most prominent properties of Clear Quartz;

  • It amplifies the energy around you
  • Good for healing purposes
  • Helpful for meditation
  • Opens up all your chakras
  • Absorbs negative energy
  • Stimulates the immune system
  • Regulates brain functions

 

Number Five: Black Tourmaline

The Black Tourmaline is a magnificent stone used to clear away all the negative thoughts and channel positive energy. The gem is popular and easy to acquire as it’s available in jewelry shops too. The stone is really powerful, so don’t limit yourself to just one rock and place them around your house. The energy from the rock will make you present by grounding your mind.

The gem is protective as it helps form a powerful shield around you. With this stone, negative energy is kept at bay, and other negative energy can’t be channeled to you; this gives the mind, body, and soul a sense of rest and gentleness.

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The Black Tourmaline protects your aura. It’s known to keep off evil spirits and be used to feel your house is haunted. It guarantees fast and reliable results if you are looking for stability and emotional balance. Black Tourmaline is another best crystal for Leo.

Black tourmaline takes in the negative energy and transmutes it into really cool positivity. It will cleanse any blockage within your aura and chakra, allowing a free flow of energy. This stone will give you a fresh feel.

Most prominent properties of Black Tourmaline;

  • Transmutes negative energy into positive
  • Has protection abilities
  • Allows for the free flow of energy when you are feeling stuck
  • Grounds the mind and allows you to be present

 

Number Six: Sodalite

Sodalite is famously known as the stone for writers. This stone is a perfect gateway and guide when traveling on a shamanic or spiritual journey. It will broaden your knowledge as it merges knowledge and intuition. It impacts new wisdom and clarity to the visions of its users. Rune readers, psychics, empaths, and shamans all know the importance of having Sodalite as part of your crystal rocks.

Sodalite advances communication by working on the throat chakra. The rock opens up your third eye and helps create a balance with your thoughts. It allows energy flow and clears up your clouded mind. Sodalite will awaken the creativity in you that will most definitely promote good interactions with others. When your mind is clear and calm, it is easy to focus and meditate.

 

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Sodalite is usually blue to blue-violet in color.

 

Virgo shows the best compatibility with Sodalite. You can tell the original Sodalite from a fake one by the streak test. It involves making sure you can see a white streak in the stone to confirm originality. Very low prices on the rock should raise your suspicion too.

Most prominent properties of Sodalite;

  • Balances the mind if clouded
  • Has healing properties
  • Merges knowledge and intuition
  • Opens up the mind making it useful to writers
  • Emotional balance
  • Truth

 

Number Seven: Lepidolite

The Lepidolite is a special rock available in lilac and rose-violet colors. Lepidolite is referred to as the stone of transition. This rock is of great assistance when trying to change your old habits and rituals. There is a metamorphosis with a gentle introduction to change. It makes pointing out unhealthy habits easier and gets rid of negativity. Change is difficult, and this stone helps make the process gentle.

Lepidolite is a rock you should incorporate into your daily life activities. It brings about emotional healing while at the same time soothing and relieving stress. It’s the most calming stone available as it keeps the depression at bay. It helps you rest and sleep peacefully. It is great for those with nightmares and suffering from insomnia. The stone can be used in the office or workplace setup, too, as it’s perfect for analytical thinking. It clears your mind off all the work stress; hence decision-making becomes a doable task.

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The stone is suitable for absorbing magnetic energy produced by electronics. Keeping it close when working on your laptop can prove useful. It is strongly associated with the zodiac sign Libra.

 Most prominent properties of Lepidolite;

  • Make changes less stressful
  • Great for analytical thinking
  • Absorbs magnetic energy emitted by electronics
  • Calming the mind for better sleep or in case of insomnia
  • Keeping nightmares at bay
  • Enhances the psychological pattern
  • Does emotional healing
  • Dissipates negatively

 

Number Eight: Shungite

Shungite is a black colored rock composed of complex carbon molecules and fullerenes. The stone is millions of years old, but it’s more common now in the 21st century. This rock is powerful and can be used to create a balance.

For detoxification purposes, Shungite can be put in your drinking water. The carbon molecules play a good role in balancing your body’s energy and giving healing to your system. The rock is also known to protect against radiation frequencies emitted from your electronic devices around your house like microwaves—mobile phones, and laptops. Wearing a piece of Shungite will protect you against these frequencies even when you are walking around. They will have less impact on you.

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The rocks can be placed in your bedroom or anywhere in your house as it helps maintain a balance in energies. The Shungite can be used along with other crystals to stimulate your chakras. It will create calm and balance the mind, body, and soul, enabling meditation and spiritual awakening. This rock is not compatible with any specific zodiac making it applicable to all.

Most prominent properties of Shungite;

  • Protects against radiation frequencies
  • Creates a balance between energies
  • Has healing abilities
  • Used with other crystals, it can stimulate the opening of chakras.
  • Reduces anxiety and stress
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Release oxidative stress
  • Purifies your food and water
  • Relieves emotional stress

 

Number Nine: Lava Stone

Lava stone, as the name suggests, is formed by volcanic activities by the lava. This crystal is very powerful, considering it is made in mother nature’s deep belly and expelled to the earth’s surface. Using this stone will give you a realization of life and open up your mind and change your perception of things. This gem will clear the fear in you and give you the power to make essential decisions in your life.

The crystal has tremendous healing capabilities. It is composed of minerals like iron, magnesium, zinc, and calcium, to mention, but a few are effective while activating your chakras. It does absorb and expel the negative energy, kind of like cleansing.

 

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Lava stone is also known as lava rock.

 

The rock can be used to provide an emotional and spiritual balance. It can be of use in muscle pain relief and other related rheumatic disorders when heated. It also helps to vasodilate blood vessels, thereby improving blood circulation. It accelerates the process of cell regeneration, which does speed up healing. Gemini and Sagittarius are thought to be the most compatible zodiac with Lava Stone.

Most prominent properties of Lava Stone;

  • Strength in making changes in your life
  • Stability and balance with your emotions
  • Courage to face new change
  • Peace and tranquility
  • Provide guidance and understanding
  • Great for muscle pain relief

 

Number Ten: Hematite

Hematite is the stone of the mind. This gem works on the base or foundation. It strengthens the root chakra, which is the anchor of the rest. Sometimes in life, you may face challenges as life moves on; it keeps changing, and, in the end, you might lose yourself. The hematite stone is useful in situations like that as it grounds you. It reminds you of who you are and brings you back to your normal state.

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The Hematite will ground, how you ask. By simply holding the crystal, you can feel it take you off that dark cloud or situation, and you can see your path more clearly. This stone will get you focused and eliminate all the negativity and everything holding you back from achieving your goals. Hematite is most compatible with Aries and Aquarius.

Most prominent properties of Hematite;

  • Grounds the mind and keeps it focused on the set goals
  • Increase willpower and self-drive
  • Increase in concentration
  • Increase confidence and self-esteem
  • Enhance self-trust

 

Number Eleven: Smoky Quartz

The Smoky Quartz is the stone of stability or bravery. Its color can vary from dark to light, but the purpose is similar. This gem is perfect for meditation and cleansing your aura. The rock will ground you by proving a sense of focus and bring you to the here and now. If you feel like your mind is scattered and you need to be attentive, Smoky Quartz is the rock for you.

The rock will form a protective dome around you and keep all the negative energy around. It will offer shielding from others’ negativity and keep your aura safe. It will also transform the negative energy into positive. This is the rock you should have with you if you are continually finding yourself entangled with toxic people or in a toxic environment.

 

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Smoky Quartz crystal is a grounding stone.

 

When stress levels get to chronic symptoms are equivalent to those of anxiety or mental illness. The low-stress level is encouraged and increases hormonal production on the pituitary gland. This helps keep your brain active to fight through stressors and problems, which can be treated with the powerful smoky quartz. Compatible zodiacs are Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Capricorn.

It is the rock of choice if you are feeling low, anxious, stressed, or depressed. It takes in all the energy and converts it to positive, allowing better focus and results.

Most prominent properties of Smoky Quartz;

  • Instantly calms fear
  • Lifts depression and stress
  • Generate positive thoughts
  • Develops stability and bravery
  • Intuition

 

Number Twelve: Moon Stone

Moonstone is a popular stone, linked to the moon, as the name suggests. This gem is composed of minerals like sodium, potassium, and aluminum. Moonstone is beautiful and available in a number of colors; grey, white, orange, green, pink, blue, purple, yellow, and brown.

This crystal rock boosts your intuition and guides you out of stress and depression. Moonstone nurtures compassion and empathy in its users. Moonstone reflects the calming energy by strengthening your intuition and bringing harmony. It balances the energy around and allows free flow.

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The rock is linked to the feminine power of creativity and motherly protection and tunes you to your feminine side. It also acts as a mirror whereby we can see our actual image or reflection. The rock can be placed on the abdomen or near the bed to better reproductive, hormonal, and infertility issues.

Moon Stone’s most compatible zodiacs are Scorpio, Libra, and Cancer.

Most prominent properties of Moon Stone;

  • Happiness from relieving stress and negative emotions
  • Brighter and clearer future
  • Spiritual prosperity
  • Soothes brain
  • Improves fertility and hormonal balance

 

Number Thirteen: Kyanite

Kyanite is a beautiful gem available in the sapphire like blue, black, and green colors. It is an excellent choice for meditation and connecting to your spirit world or guide. The rock creates an equilibrium between the yin and the yang energies. It offers a calming effect to the overall body tension. It does this by enhancing brain signaling and communication at all levels. It helps you keep the energy moving throughout the body. By keeping it close, you will instantly get rid of all the frustration, anger, and anxiety within you.

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The rock will drive away negativity, anger, confusion, depression, stress, and anxiety. Kyanite is used to treat problems with the genitals, urinary system, acts as a pain reliever, works on the adrenal and parathyroid glands. It boosts the immune system hence lowering the chances of infections. Zodiac compatible with Kyanite are Aries, Taurus, and Libra.

What are the major powers of Kyanite;

  • Alters state of a depressed mind
  • Boosts immunity
  • Pain reliever
  • Induce healing dreams
  • Clear visualization
  • Honesty
  • Serenity
  • Blue Kyanite opens the throat chakras and improves communication.
  • Black Kyanite grounds the body and blends out all the chakras.
  • Green Kyanite opens the heart chakra.  

 

Number Fourteen: Rhodonite

Rhodonite is a stone for the zodiac Taurus. It is the stone of compassion, care, love, friendship, and an emotional balancer. It clears away all the past pain and scars that affect your emotions. It quickly clears out all the emotional distress and sorrows. This crystal will fill you up with confidence and joy and heal all your inner wounds by stimulating the heart. It works on the heart chakra and attracts positivity.

 

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Rhodonite is a stone of compassion.

 

The crystal is best worn as a pendant or necklace as it will lie close to the heart. Rhodonite will suppress anxiety in times of distress. It will strengthen the heart, boost your confidence, and show just how strong you can be as an individual. It harmonizes well with any other heart stones like Rose Quartz and Emerald.

What are the major powers of Rhodonite?

  • Increase self-confidence
  • Instills inner peace
  • Produce calmness and appreciation of life
  • Self-healing
  • Compassion
  • Anxiety relief
  • Dispelling negative energy

 

Number Fifteen: Aquamarine

This particular gem is very rare and is mostly in a sky-blue color. Aquamarine acts as a connector between the heart and throat chakras. By doing this, it enables one to speak the truth of the heart. It comes in handy when solving arguments, disagreements, and conflicts. Aquamarine shares a great affinity with oversensitive people.

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Aquamarine will support your cooling off in times of anxiety of refreshing your emotions. It acts as the rock for wisdom, knowledge, clarity, and intelligence. It can help some careers like teaching, managing, or therapists where communication plays a major role. It will boost your confidence when public speaking addressing large crowds.

The zodiacs most prominently linked to this stone are Aries, Pisces, Gemini, Aquarius, and Scorpio.

Most major powers of Aquamarine:

  • Protective against negative auras
  • Promotes good communication
  • Peace of mind and heart
  • Cleanse negative thoughts
  • Self-confidence booster
  • Provides wisdom and knowledge
  • Helps find your spiritual path.
  • Improves relationships

 

Number Sixteen: Morganite

Morganite is very similar to its sisters Emerald and Aquamarine, only available in pink and peach colors. It is extremely rare as it is only available in a few countries. When up in the market for sale, it’s competitive to purchase. It is safe to say it is the most interesting gemstone of them all.

It is the stone symbol of unconditional love. It is typically associated with a feeling of joy, attraction, and peace. It activates and works on the heart chakra. It works perfectly with other stones involved with the heart chakra. It eases the pain and suffering of old and unforgotten wounds. Great for a spiritual connection to angels and guardians. 

 

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Morganite includes emerald and aquamarine.

 

Morganite has proven useful in heart palpitations, neurological disorders, and thyroid problems.

It is excellent for Cancer, Taurus, and Pisces. It has become a great choice when it comes to engagement rings lately. The gents can consider it when planning on proposing to their wives.

Most major powers of Morganite:

  • A sign of unconditional love
  • Washes away anger, anxiety, and fear
  • Heal stress and anxiety
  • It also resolves chronic disease-related anxiety.
  • It eases chest ailments like asthma and emphysema.
  • Works on the heart chakra

 

Number Seventeen: Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli is the gem associated with strength, courage, wisdom, knowledge, truth, royalty, and intelligence. It’s the universal symbol of wisdom and truth. It is deep blue and contains a bit of Mica, which gives it a sky full of stars.

To maximize the effect of these stones, you have to wear it correctly on your dominant hand. Right for the right-handed and left for the left-handed. It’s believed the stone is best worn on a Saturday in the evening hours of a waning moon.

Lapis lazuli can be worn on earrings, necklaces, but if it is worn as a ring, then place it on the middle finger of your dominant hand. 

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This crystal is known for its power of protection as it wards off evil and negativity. This makes it just right to guard you against anxiety attacks. According to ancient Egypt, it was worn to improve eyesight. Lapis is very effective in awakening inner peace and harmony so that you can escape from the tortures of long-standing anxiety and worries. It balances the brow chakra, which involves vision and hearing. This reduces headaches, anxiety, and skin disorders.

The stone brings prosperity and good fortune to the Capricorn, Sagittarius, Taurus, and Libra zodiacs. Robert Downey Jr. is known to carry this crystal to shooting sets and claims how it was efficienct during his wife’s pregnancy.

Most major powers of Lapis Lazuli:

  • Boosts the immune system
  • Assist in the way of truth
  • Give wisdom, courage, and strength
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Helps with insomnia and anxiety
  • Stone of total awareness
  • Evokes inner power and positive magic
  • Maintains an emotional balance
  • It will bring goodness and prosperity to your life
  • Awareness of self and environment
  • Its enchanted energies will develop strong friend bonds

 

How to Select Your Crystals?

This might sound cheesy, but you don’t pick the crystal. It picks you. Yes, that will involve deciding you want the crystals first and getting to where you can purchase them. But when it comes to picking the best, you must listen to your intuition.

Different crystals have different purposes. When you are crystal buying or crystal selecting, keep in mind what the ultimate goal is. Below are examples of intended goals and their choice of crystals;

  • Love – The best crystals for these are the Rose Quartz and the Rhodonite. These stones work on the heart and improve your perception of self-love and love for others. They help in self-actualization and release of the negative past emotions you are harboring. They can also be given as gifts to your loved ones.
  • Power – Crystals of choice would be Lapis Lazuli and Labradorite. Power is a gift many would love to possess, but it is quite difficult to channel. With great power comes great responsibility.
  • Health – Best crystals are Amethyst, Carnelian, Lava Stone, and Poppy Jasper. These crystals will improve your physical health. Physiologically and emotionally. Ill health is not the mere absence of disease.
  • Wisdom – Crystals of choice are Blue Lace Agate, Amethyst, and Fluorite. These rocks will stimulate your mind and expound your thinking. They create a great blend of knowledge and intuition, making you more creative and wiser. Writers commonly use them.
  • Friendship – Credit is given to Turquoise, Pink Thulite, as they help you open up to people and activate the chakras of communication. They also enhance trust and kindness.
  • Money – The stones attributed to enhancing financial stability and sustainability are Garnet, Green Aventurine. They attract an abundance of luck and favor in your financial life.
  • Career – Some stones have been linked to career success. They include Blue Lace Agate, Citrine, and Mookaite Jasper. They aid in boosting productivity and intuition. They help deal with analytical problems fiercely.
  • Mental Well Being –  It is essential, as keeping sane in this insane world is quite the task. Stones credited to these are Lepidolite and Aquamarine. They have a soothing and calming effect during stressful circumstances.

 

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How to Take Care of Your Crystals?

It is important to know each crystal’s chemical composition to avoid altering them when cleaning. When carrying your stones, it is advisable to put them in ideal places to prevent falls and scratches. Wrap the crystals in cloth and don’t store them directly on hard surfaces. Have a separation between the different crystals you have to reduce the incidence of damage.

Like everything of value, your crystals need care and cleaning to offer satisfactory results. Infuse your intentions and energy to them to guide and nurture them to health and restore potency. Care should be taken, and caution observed as some rock may disintegrate. Some of the common ways you can care for your stones include;

  • Put alkaline water in a bowl, add sea salt in the bowl, and then stir till the salt dissolves. Place your crystals inside and ensure they are submerged. Let them sit there overnight, then remove, rinse, and dry them off.
  • Softer stone can be dry polished. This is done by taking a piece of cloth and rub it gently on the stones until they give off an awesome shine. Make sure to wipe off all the dirt, dust and don’t leave fingerprints.
  • You can also opt to light a bundle of sage or holy wood and then hold your crystal at hand and repeatedly wave the smoke back and forth over the crystals. Extinguish when done.
  • If you feel the crystals need recharging, you can expose them to the sun all day or the moon overnight. The crystals get to connect with the elements, and their purpose is restored. It’s also important to note that some minerals can fade with exposure to direct sunlight, so you do proper extensive research not to destroy your valuables.
  • Another way to care for your crystals is by placing them in a singing bowl. The process involves striking the bowl with the mallet twice or thrice in slow succession. After then gently glide the mallet around the circumference of the bowl recurrently. 
  • All factors considered, you might still end up breaking your crystals, which is not always necessarily bad. Relax while undertaking this process, and if breakage happens, there are still numerous ways to utilize the stone’s energy.

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Where Can You Find Crystals in the United States?

You can easily find the crystals locally in shops or buy them in the form of jewelry. Online stores also have some of the common crystal rocks. If you feel a little bit adventurous and have time to spare, you can dig the crystals up yourself.  Crystal mining for recreational purposes is a thing. The process involves gear, a positive attitude, and having a reconnaissance of the place before you begin.

Top places you can go mining for healing crystals in American include;

  • Emerald Hollow Mine, Hiddenite, North Carolina
  • Crater of Diamonds State Park, Murfreesboro, Arkansas
  • Graves Mountain, Georgia
  • Crystal Park Dillon, Montana
  • Himalaya Tourmaline Mine, Santa Ysabel, California
  • Herkimer Diamond Mine, Middleville, New York
  • Rainbow Ridge Opal Mine Virgin Valley, Nevada
  • Morefield Gem Mine Amelia, Virginia
  • Spectrum Sunstone Mine Plush, Oregon
  • Topaz Mountain Juab County, Utah
  • Wegner Quartz Crystal Mine, Arkansas
  • Cherokee Ruby& Sapphire Mine, North Carolina

 

Conclusion

Crystal rock healing is capturing the interest of many who are ready and willing to walk the spiritual walk. Humans being spiritual creatures, it is wise to get in touch with our spiritual side. There is a wide variety of crystal rocks; choose what you want to begin within your awakening. Listen to your intuition as that plays a major role in crystal healing.

To master the ultimate power of crystal healing, you start small and take time with each crystal and feel the kind of change it brings to you. The process is genuinely not easy, but it’s fun as you unlock your full potential. Learning is of great use as you can teach and transfer the knowledge to others. Crystal healing is a gift to all.  

Crystal rocks are a gift to us by mother nature, and the power they possess can be channeled to your various chakras. Choose your stone intuitively and begin your spiritual journey, or instead let the stone choose you.

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Panic disorder (PD) affects close to 3% of the population. Since panic disorder symptoms are very common, most people may have actually experienced them without meeting the criteria for an intense panic attack. Unfortunately, it is a condition that could cause a negative health impact if it is neglected. That is why it is crucial to understand how to manage your thoughts and how to stop the disorder from destroying your life. In the next section, we will look at different ways panic disorder can ruin your life as well as how to stop it. But before that, it is essential to understand how the episodes occur. 

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How Does Panic Attack Occur? 

It usually occurs when you start feeling like something is fluttering around your stomach, breaking out in a cold sweat, trembling and shaking, or sensing impending danger for no apparent reason. In some cases, you may feel like you are going to die the next minute. While many people may experience these occurrences in specific situations, in many cases, they have no idea what triggers these experiences. 

This will lead you to avoid any situation that you fear and can cause an attack. In some cases, you may even feel embarrassed about these attacks. That is why some patients may not open up about the situation or pull away from family and friends to hide the situation. At worst, they may resort to alcohol as a coping mechanism. All these can ruin a person’s life. Seeking professional help will likely get you a lasting solution for calming a panic attack

 

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Severe stress can cause panic attacks.

 

How Panic Disorder Can Ruin Your Life?

Panic disorder can affect so many areas of your life, but the following are the most critical ones: 

1. Relationships

When a person is afraid of having a panic attack, he/she may avoid personal and romantic relationships altogether. This causes them to avoid social situations. In some cases, they push people away because they feel like they will judge them. When this becomes a habit, they will likely date less or be left alone. This will, in turn, make them feel extremely lonely.

2. Family

Panic disorder may make you fearful of going out of your house or enjoying normal activities with your family. You are afraid of their safety as well as yours for unjustified reasons. Imagine not being able to accompany your spouse for dinner for fear of an attack? The sad reality is that you will continue to be a victim of PD until you decide to take control of the situation. 

3. Work

Another area that is likely to suffer as a result of panic disorder is productivity and relationships at work. People who have experienced a panic attack in the past will fear that an episode will occur when they are with their workmates. They fear that their colleagues will judge them as being weak. Ironically, most of the people who suffer from panic attacks are usually high achievers. They always strive for perfection, so they are not necessarily weak. The fear of attack may also make them avoid some phobias like driving in traffic. This means that attending work will be a struggle. 

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How to Stop a Panic Attack?

You could try any of these ways to calm a panic attack: 

  • Cooldown anxious thoughts: Thoughts like ‘this is awful’ will trigger attacks. Try to change what is possible and accept what you can’t change. 
  • Stay Positive: Have a positive mindset about yourself. Keep reminding yourself that you are a fighter. 
  • Exercise: Soothe your system with some yoga stretches or a gentle rub on your back.
  • Get Some Perspective: In most cases, attacks arise because you worry about many things. Filter out unimportant stuff, including small details that will not help you in the long run. 
  • Don’t Ignore PD: Panic attacks are an indicator that something needs attention. Get professional help to get your life back on track. 

 

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Medical conditions can also cause panic attacks.

 

When Should You Seek Help? 

If you have experienced panic attack symptoms such as excess sweating, rapid, pounding heart rate, nausea, hot flashes, fear of loss of control, abdominal cramping, headache, tingling sensation, chills, or detachment, then you should see a doctor as soon as possible. While panic episodes are not necessarily dangerous, they are uncomfortable. They are also hard to manage on your own. If you don’t seek medical attention, they may worsen over time.

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Since panic attack symptoms are almost close to those of other mental disorders or critical health issues such as heart attack, the doctor may carry out a number of tests such as a social anxiety test. After that, he/she will recommend different treatment options. The right medical treatment can help you identify the triggers, understand the underlying issues, and provide a big picture on how to stop a panic attack.  

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If you ever have jitters when doing your job, this post is meant for you. The articles aim at shining a light on how different job types and work environments could encourage anxietyJob-related anxiety can be a vicious cycle. You are likely to start experiencing profuse sweating, headaches, and rapid heartbeats when anxious. The anxiety could also make doing your job hard.

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Here are the five jobs that have a high likelihood of leading to anxiety:

 

Number One: Waiter – A Highly Burdened Job

For most people, serving food at a restaurant is a sure way to earn some part-time income. In fact, the employment rates for waiters are exceptionally high, but the job demands more than what it compensates.

There are multiple aspects of the job that could lead to anxiety. Most people who have ever taken up roles as a waiter can agree that the resulting anxiety could make handling the pressure and workload tough. Restaurant workloads tend to be as demanding as working at a retail store.

As paying customers in restaurants, we have all witnessed cringe-worthy interactions between servers and other customers. Customers are known to react to the smallest of imperfections, from delays to mistaken orders. In some cases, keeping up with this pressure can become an uphill task, especially if it happens repeatedly.

The Typical Duties of a Waiter

Waiters have one of the most demanding job descriptions. Each individual has to do a plethora of tasks every day. Some of these duties include:

  • Greeting and ushering customers to their tables
  • Presenting customers with the menus and outlining every detail on it
  • Prepping the table after the arrival and departure of a customer
  • Finding ways to up-sell items on the menu for profits
  • Listening and memorizing customer orders and customizations
  • Communicating with the team in the kitchen
  • Checking customers’ ID to ensure they have reached the legal age limit for drinking alcoholic beverages
  • Keeping tabs on the cleanliness of dishes and the rest of the restaurant
  • Reporting any hygiene issues
  • Complying with the strict regulations from the health department
  • Upholding high levels of customer service
  • Presenting dishes quickly
  • Presenting the bills and change to guests
  • Checking if guests want to make any other order
  • Multitasking
  • Working extra hours
  • Having the patience to deal with cranky customers
  • Ensuring they do the math for every order right

Other than the job being extra demanding, the employee has little to no control over the pressure they are exposed to. With time, this pressure can be detrimental to the employee’s physical and mental wellbeing.

The job is centered on social interactions with restaurant guests and other staff members. Talking to customers isn’t enough as a waiter. You ought to greet them in a friendly manner while being conscious of how you address the different age groups. Ensuring that every customer visiting is satisfied is, perhaps, the most challenging part of the job.

 

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Anxiety is a Medical Disorder

 

What On-Job Challenges Do American Waiters Face?

Waiter’s problems have recently become a public topic to the point of turning into a popular hashtag the world over. Regardless of where you work as a waiter, the challenges of the job are universal.

Here are some of the key challenges that contribute greatly to anxiety among waiters:

  • Impatient and Demanding Customers – A lot of customers, especially the older generation, have a very rigid expectation of the services offered to them by waiters. Tackling the high demands of these guests without having enough room for flexibility can be tough in most cases. Such customers demand dish customization while being impatient when it comes to having their orders delivered to them. They may also have issues with the environment and demand VIP treatment. Keeping up with all these demands can overwhelm even the most patient waiter.
  • Exhaustion from Talking All Day with the Possibility of Losing Voice – Waiters tend to spend a good part of their day talking to customers, which could lead to them losing their voice.

Here are some common signs that your job is demanding too much from your vocal cords:

1. Hoarseness – This situation can best be described by having a raspy and breathy voice. While it can result from a common cold, having a hoarse voice can come about after spending all day talking. In the worst-case scenario, it can be a sign of growth in your vocal cords, such as cysts and polyps. If you feel that you have growth, you should have your vocal cords checked by a doctor.

2. Vocal Fatigue – This condition is quite common in heavy voice users, such as singers, call center employees, and waiters. Just like your other body parts, your vocal organs can get tired after being used for a long time.

3. Throat Discomfort – If you ever feel that you forcefully have to pull your voice while talking at the end of the day, you should be worried.

4. Sore Feet – Although their arms and voice experience a lot of fatigue throughout the day, the waiter’s feet suffer the biggest blow. They have to spend time standing for more than 40 hours each week. Since their feet bear their body’s weight all day long, waiters have a high risk of contracting plantar warts.

5. Extended Working Hours – Waiters often have to work for long hours, even when other people are on vacation or holidays. Working at restaurants demands working at odd hours too since people often go out on weekends, and in the wee hours. In fact, extra staff members are required during public holidays and other busy days. As such, waiters are most likely to miss out on taking breaks from work and spending time with their loved ones.

With the non-stop demand for services in hotels, employees often have to stay on for multiple hours. They are required to maintain the high standards demanded by their jobs, regardless of whether they are exhausted or not.

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How Anxiety Creeps into the Picture

Waiters face pressure from multiple sources, including the customers, other colleagues, the manager, and the owners. This high demand for their professionalism and long hours could lead to anxiety. In turn, it can become tough for employees to concentrate on their jobs, leading to a decline in performance. There is a diversity of anxiety disorders that complicates a waiter’s job.

Waiter Jobs Can Aggravate Social Anxiety Disorders

Social anxiety could complicate a waiter’s job, and the job, too, could further make the disorder worse. It is a challenge for people battling social anxiety disorder to attend to guests and perform optimally in work environments. Since there are levels of anxiety disorders, the level of anxiety experienced could differ from one employee to the next.

If a job triggers SAD, it could result in the patient turning down assignments out of fear of failure and avoiding social interactions with new people. The opinion of the guests’ matters to the job of a waiter and angry guests could easily have the waiter fired. People with SAD also tend to experience a higher inferiority complex than those who don’t have it.

They are more aware of people’s opinions and judgments. Focusing too much on the negative thoughts of others could lead to stress and low work performance.

Here is how you can keep your anxiety at bay while serving customers:

  • Practice Self-Care – When working in restaurants, the customer is considered to always be right. Restaurants have rigid rules to ensure that customers are treated in the best way possible. While this results in a job that demands high levels of efficiency throughout, it could be a trigger for anxiety. Feeling exhausted after a long day of work is part of the job. If you feel that you need a break, listen to your body, and give yourself one. Once you get home, look for a way to calm your spirit down.

 

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  • Keep a Check on Your Diet – Anxiety often goes hand in hand with poor eating habits and diet compensations. Working in a stressful environment may result in you forgetting that you need to take care of your dietary needs. Be sure to keep a handful of almonds and apples, among other healthy snacks, to ensure you maintain healthy glucose levels throughout the day.
  • Get a Good Night of Sleep – One-third of Americans rated their sleep quality as ‘poor,’ according to The National Sleep Foundation. Insomnia, which often results from being exposed to heavy workloads, can lead to anxiety and have a detrimental effect on your physical health. Ensure you create the best environment for yourself to enjoy a good night of sleep.

 

Number Two: Sales Job – A Panic-Inducing Job

Let’s dive right into the job description of a salesperson.

What Is the Sales Job?

A sales job requires you to travel to different locations while forging promising relationships that attract customers and sales. A sales rep is tasked with presenting and selling their company’s products. Other roles include delivering services to clients, negotiating with them, and providing a description of the products and services.

How Anxiety and Sales Jobs Are Related

Sales anxiety can affect anyone. Sales jobs tend to be quite vulnerable, regardless of the organization you work for. Companies tend to be highly dependent on their sales workers. If there aren’t any efficient salesmen, the company risks incurring daily losses. This results in company leaders exerting a lot of pressure on their sales workforce.

Let’s first address what sales anxiety is, and the problems that can result from it.

For this job, the resulting anxiety isn’t self-initiated. It occurs as a projection of anxiety and stress, which is transferred whenever the company plans to launch a service or product whose success needs to be guaranteed. Once the company makes short-term and long-term goals, it pushes them to the salespeople’s shoulders.

The Challenges and Anxiety that Sales Representatives Face

Salespeople are soft targets for stress, anxiety, and depression. These people have to co-exist with the frustration, anger, and expectation of their managers and other authorities. Problems are bound to turn up each day, which often results in them being blamed.

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In a nutshell, the job can be both demanding and anxiety-inducing. Salespeople tend to go through a wide variety of challenges daily arising from their jobs, with most challenges being a by-product of the common promotional criteria they commit to. Let’s dive in!

1. Reaching Out To Customers With Little Friction

One of the biggest hurdles to sales representatives doing their jobs comes from gatekeepers. These people are trained to make it hard for random people to reach out to the person of interest. For a salesperson, getting past gatekeepers is essential if they want any face-to-face interactions. You will require a lot of effort and approval to get past gatekeepers like security guards.

Gatekeepers are simply doing their job, and they have every right to stop you from reaching out.

2. Sales Objections

Sales objections can crush your spirit as a sales representative. You need to craft the perfect pitch to reduce the chances of your sales being rejected. The question of whether your pitch will be accepted or not could result in anxiety.

Sales objections tend to come with reasons why a customer might not be willing to work with you. This can result from poor product pricing, efficiency, and usability. It can also arise from the busy schedule of the potential customer, which limits the amount of time you can spend with a prospect pitching your ideas.

Since sales objections affect the salary and commission of the salesperson, it is typical for them to struggle with them. The risk of a lousy performance and payment deductions will easily trigger stress and anxiety among sales representatives.

3. Constant Motivation

With the kind of stress and challenges, you have to go through as a sales representative, staying motivated can be tough. However, the job demands having the employee’s spirits high all the time.

Improper data access and busy daily schedules also stifle the efforts of salespeople. The emergence of new technology and competition within the workplace further makes the job more challenging.

For such situations, the onus is on the employee to play a significant role in the company’s long-term plans. You need good coordination to embrace a healthy working pace within the job description. It is up to the organization to look for ways to keep the employee happy and reduce work-related anxiety and depression.

4. Excelling Against The Competition

While you might be great friends with your colleagues, they will always be your competitors. The biggest challenges arise from competitors who are:

  • Able to attract more customers
  • Often lowering their prices to undercut you
  • Offering better quality than you
  • Working under a strong, established image
  • Maintaining better service

The only way to succeed as a salesperson is to overcome these challenges while maintaining high performance and a good image. While you might want to improve your performance by putting in extra effort and working overtime, most workplace laws might bar you from doing this.

How Anxiety Creeps into Sales Jobs

Anxiety-related to sales jobs arises from overloaded targets and high expectations. Unattained goals and poor organizational skills could lead to you missing out on projects, and delaying the flow of the current one.

Clients also make mistakes by either giving you inadequate time and details or leaving you in the middle of the project. The resulting performance and time gap might not be appreciated by the company, and you could have your role downgraded.

It is tough to uphold great mental hygiene with this internal and external pressure. Potential clients and their gatekeepers could easily identify your anxiousness and might be unwilling to listen to your offers.

The problem could also snowball into something even bigger.

Lack of Experience and Job-Related Anxiety

Being inexperienced in a specific sales role could result in anxiety that can be tough to notice. It can be hard for you to tell what works apart from anything that doesn’t. Newbies who are flying blind might not know when they should continue pushing their sales and when they should leave the customer alone.

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Number Three: Politician – A Profession Rife with Stress

Politicians often have to live stressful lives. They have to handle more than desk orders and state affairs.

In the last few decades, the political arena has experienced immense advancements. This has resulted in higher levels of anxiety and depression among local politicians.

Many politicians have been reporting that their jobs have led them to anxiety, with a good portion of them stating that their jobs tend to invade their mental health and personal lives.

There are many problems that affect politicians that encourage high levels of anxiety.

Here are some of the reasons behind anxiety among politicians:

  • The Pressure of Keeping the Public Happy

Politicians aren’t strangers to the backlash that can result from an unhappy public. For politicians to win over their people, they have to use the right policies and actions. Many people use the political leaning of these professionals to judge them.

One part of their role that triggers anxiety is the fact that whatever a politician does is going to be received differently by the public. It is, therefore, the aim of the politician to do things that satisfy the majority. Politicians often have to let go of their personal views and consider those of the public.

As long as you can keep the majority happy, you can remain calm in your job. Surveys are one of the best methods politicians use to gauge public satisfaction. Polls help in obtaining data and reviews. However, the effectiveness of this method in measuring public opinion has been an issue of debate for a long time.

 

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  • Power, Authority, and Anxiety

Power, authority, and anxiety tend to be intertwined. Since politics is all about power and autonomy, politicians need to educate themselves on the mental health dynamics that arise from rising in political ranks.

Power and authority could easily give rise to dangerous consequences. If a politician experiences anxiety and other mental disorders, they are likely to become part of a ‘toxic triangle.’

In politics, the ‘toxic triangle’ can be tied back to three elements; a politician battling anxiety and other mental disorders, a conducive environment for the politician to rise in power, and experience more pressure and followers who are ever expecting more from their leader.

  • Media-Induced Anxiety

Social media has become part and parcel of today’s society, especially in the lives of politicians. Advancements in technology have had a huge role to play in promoting democracy. Technology has enabled autonomous and direct public participation, which has a significant impact on the decision making power of a politician.

The fact that social media creates informal and invalid venues that can support action, rebel, disobedience, and create disputes in the state makes it a challenge for most politicians. Some people are known to use social media platforms to invade politicians’ personal space. They can post publications, comments, photos, and articles that are at the border of harassment.

It can, at times, be tough for leaders to balance this pressure with that of their own jobs. With most politicians having to concentrate on everything that is happening, it is possible for their mental health to be affected. They have to defend their policies, actions, and words, which is a good reason to get anxious.

The media also acts as a great platform for spreading fake news, personalized content, and hate speech. Such content could play a huge role in creating the wrong public perception of the politician, further complicating their career.

The more diverse the opinion of the public about a specific politician is, the harder bringing everyone together under harmony becomes.

How the Opposition Contributes to Anxiety among Politicians

The success of a politician is largely hinged on the constructive role of the members of the opposition party. The direct competitors to a politician could be looking for flaws and even weaker marks within the politicians’ team to undermine their authority.

The opposition could target you as a politician at any given time. The fact that you need to remain alert enough to spot their attacks from miles away could induce anxiety.

As long as you are experiencing more workload and pressure from the public, the opposition can count that as a win. People with ideas that differ from those of the politician will typically look for ways to restrict the leader’s power while preventing their style of leadership from turning authoritarian.

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Even though a politician holds a powerful seat, they barely have enough autonomy to do what they deem best for the people. Before they can initiate any action, they have to follow protocols that could actually bar their interests. In fact, the ideas, policies, and actions of politicians are criticized and bashed 95% of the time.

The pressure even goes outside the government body itself. It is typical for the opposition to raise propaganda that directs the press’ attention towards the politician’s professional and personal life. All these factors combined could lead to the politician being highly anxious.

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The political landscape seems to be changing every second in today’s scene. In fact, today’s political affairs could actually be more complex than they were decades ago, which could easily impact politicians’ health. Some of the signs of physical and mental stress they might experience include:

  • Sleep disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • High blood pressure
  • Worry and anxious behavior
  • Weight gain and weight loss

Are you a politician battling work-related stress? The step below could help you beat anxiety.

Here are the steps you can take:

  1. Maintain Balance: Balance your professional and personal life. Avoid taking yourself for granted and allocate time for your pleasure. By ensuring your personal life is doing amazing, serving the people optimally becomes easier.
  2. Positive Social Investment: Be careful about the conversations you have and the environment you have them in. It is normal for people to misunderstand your opinions or take it the wrong way. Other than waiting for the right moments to voice your point of view, invest in socializing with the right people.
  3. Keep an Open Mind: Explore viewpoints from the opposition and the public before deciding on whether to reject them or not.
  4. Take Positive Criticism: Be critical of your initiatives and tasks regularly as you look for areas worth improving.
  5. Walk Away from Negativity: Steer clear of topics and people that will be detrimental to your current situation.

 

Number Four: Manager’s Job – A Common Anxiety Source

It isn’t uncommon for managers to experience anxiety from their jobs.

The way managerial jobs are designed makes them ideal for inducing anxiety. Managers face multiple challenges within their job description.

Challenge 1: Upholding High Levels of Quality and Productivity

When it comes to delivering goods and services, every company has to co-exist with competitors, who could be both at the local and international levels. For them to thrive in the face of this competition, they need to uphold high levels of quality. Sadly, there might be situations where a company could have to compromise on quality, especially when it falls short of resources.

In such times, the onus is upon the manager to make adjustments to meet the threshold standards. They ought to implement policies and procedures that utilize the current resources without leaving any room for mistakes. The manager should try his best to uphold the same level of quality with fewer resources. Otherwise, the resulting errors or drops in quality could lead to the loss of customers and business.

 

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The company’s productivity will trickle down to the manager’s economic efficiency skill. Regardless of the situation, the manager will need to report to the boss eventually, which is why they need to be at the top of their game when doing their jobs.

Challenge 2: The Workplace Environment

The workplace environment could contribute to up to 80% of a manager’s stress levels. Workplace situations tend to change rapidly, which makes keeping up with it a challenge. Nevertheless, the manager has to ensure that the customers are happy.

The manager has to observe and balance the competitiveness of their workforce to ensure every employee offers their best.

They are required to keep tabs on the internal and external environmental factors that affect productivity. They should learn how each factor affects productivity and look for ways to use this information to favor the organization.

What’s worse is that some managers have to deal with competition from within the company. Employees who are eyeing the managerial role could easily create conflicting situations with an aim of dethroning the managers. In turn, managers have to learn how to co-exist with such employees while maintaining a conducive work environment.

An organization’s authorities and bosses also play a significant role in controlling their managers’ and employees’ environments. Everyone working under them deserves an optimum work environment to produce to their level best. Whenever they exercise strictness and uphold a robust management system, it is possible for this pressure to result in anxiety among managers.

Challenge 3: Build Foolproof Strategies

The business world is quite dynamic. Since managers have to ensure that their strategies and leadership are at par with the changing demands and environments, they might experience anxiety.

Managers play the role of formulating plans and strategies for the workforce. They are also responsible for the delegation and oversight of common tasks. If anything goes wrong with a delegated task, the C executives will hold the managers accountable.

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The sad truth is that most managers have to thrive in rigid environments. Their strategies need to prop the business up for success in the mainstream market. If a manager’s leadership fails to stand the test of time, the chances are that they will be fired. Designing policies and procedures often require an eye for details and could be quite demanding and time-consuming.

Challenge 4: The Implementation of Ethics and Fulfilling Social Responsibility

Social responsibility and the management of an organization are closely linked. It ensures that there is enough accountability and transparency throughout an organization. A manager should ensure that social obligations are being met at the employee levels while complying with ethical guidelines.

The fundamental of social responsibility include:

  • Transparency
  • Accountability
  • Human Rights
  • Respect and Dignity
  • Ethical Behavior
  • Resolution of Consumer Issues
  • Following Rules and Regulations
  • Creating a Harmonious Internal and External Environment

In most cases, society rejects companies that fail to comply with social responsibility and ethical expectations. It can, at times, be a challenge for managers to define social relationships at work and create ideal ethical work environments. Managers who fail to do so often have to deal with the loss of business, profits, reputation, and jobs. Such responsibility could easily result in managers experiencing anxiety and depression.

Challenge 5: Employee Diversity

Gone are the days when workplaces were filled with a specific demographic of people, such as a specific gender, ethnicity, or race. Today’s workplaces have been refined to the point where these barriers were torn down.

You are likely to observe diversity throughout America as well as globally, and this quest for diversity also translates into the modern workplace.

Nowadays, managers are required to embrace high levels of diversity in the workplace, be it in terms of ethnicity, creed, complexion, religion, nationality, economic status, and social backgrounds. In fact, there are regulations that ensure companies do not discriminate against specific demographics.

While diversity offers multiple perks to the organization, it offers little help when it comes to lightening the workload of managers. It is also a big reason behind conflict in multiple organizations. Some employees might be against working with people from different backgrounds.

Even if employees agree to work with a specific person, the manager has to always be alert. The work environment can be rife with fear, disloyalty, prejudice, distrust, and personal grudges among employees. Unless managers want to further divide the workforce, they ought to maintain a neutral position when solving conflicts and delegating duties.

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In today’s age of innovative business platforms, avoiding differences can be tough. Managers are tasked with dealing with multiple issues created by having a diverse workforce. While they do manage to deal with these issues well, it can be possible for them to overwhelm even the strongest manager.

I have created a list of smart strategies that can help any manager address their job-induced anxiety.

Tips for Managing Work-Induced Anxiety as a Manager

  • Encourage Direct Conversation – It is possible for work-related anxiety to arise from indirect forms of communication like sending emails, faxes, and letters, which could easily be misinterpreted. If you feel that your anxiety is coming from using such modes of communication, be sure to embrace face-to-face interactions instead. For situations where in-person interactions might be tough, such as during the pandemic, video calls could help avoid miscommunication.
  • Explore and Utilize Resources – Modern workplaces offer a variety of resources that can help anyone struggling with mental illnesses, such as counseling departments. Feel free to unload your burden with the therapist your organization provides. These professionals have been trained to walk people through their deepest fears and could help you find ways to deal with your anxiety.
  • Stay Calm and Neutral – It will be easier for you to handle grievances and conflict when you are calm. Take your time processing any situation before you can pick aside. Also, ensure that your decision has the interests of all involved parties at heart. Making an unbiased decision will both win employees over to your side and increase the success rate of the company.
  • Set Realistic Deadlines when Communicating with the Boss – When under pressure, it is common for managers to agree to unrealistic deadlines. It would be better for you to be honest about a deadline and meet it than to ruin your reputation while trying to meet an unrealistic deadline. Always factor in your workforce’s productivity before picking the ideal deadlines. You also have the option of requesting more time to assess a project’s requirements before reporting back to the boss.

 

Number Five: Teaching and Anxiety

Teaching and anxiety do go hand in hand. If you experience anxiety as a teacher, you aren’t alone. Even in the best working environment, teachers almost always have to thrive around work-induced stress and heavy workloads.

The teaching role demands teachers to maintain high levels of engagement throughout their working hours. In some cases, working hours tend to extend to their free time too.

Teachers are not new to the struggle of trying to make do with inadequate resources and time. Some of the things teachers are involved in every day include traveling to school, assessing examinations, teaching courses to completion, dealing with misbehaving students, and keeping up with their personal chores.

 

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Anxiety and depression tend to be more common in females than in males. As such, the fact that teaching is a female-dominated profession further increases the rate of anxiety among teachers.

Teaching also becomes even more frustrating as teachers have to embrace new technology, educational advances, and job requirements. Below is a list of some of the common challenges teachers have to deal with daily, which increases their risk of experiencing an anxiety disorder.

Significant Challenges Leading to Anxiety and Depression among Teachers

1. The Consistent Demand for Optimal Learning Outcomes

Parents and authorities in the school environments tend to pressure teachers into meeting specific learning outcomes. It is typically for teachers to deal with below-average students when trying to meet these expectations. The onus is on the teacher to ensure that every student performs exemplary by the end of the term. Designing and improving the learning outcomes can be difficult, especially when a teacher has to deal with a diverse student base.

2. Pushing Students to Work Hard

Teachers often have a hard time encouraging students to become hard-working and self-directed. Most have had to come up with innovative and interactive ideas to ease the pressure placed on the students. Since there aren’t established criteria or tools for gauging a student’s progress, teachers have to fly blind when motivating them.

3. Parental Involvement and Satisfaction

While the role of ensuring that students perform excellently belongs to teachers and parents, most parents believe that this task is only reserved for teachers. As such, teachers have to work hard to track their student’s progress and inform parents of any changes to be made. It can be a struggle to take up this role while trying to manage meetings and follow-ups with parents. Considering that teachers have to do this for each of their students, it is very easy for them to get overwhelmed.

4. Setting Aside Time for Administrative Tasks

Aside from their classroom duties, teachers often have to complete extra curriculum tasks like grading, planning tests, and filling up sheets during their free time. This extra workload can consume their energy and time, which could have been reserved for other personal tasks. In turn, teachers tend to be left stressed out, making it tough for them to enjoy their personal time and leisure activities.

5. Embracing Distant Learning during Covid-19

COVID-19 has pushed learning out of proper infrastructures and into homes. This abrupt change of teaching environment has exposed both students and teachers to immense anxiety, with teachers having to experience it more.

Teachers have to do a lot within their own homes. For instance, they have to learn how to use new software, equipment, and facilities. They also have to adjust their home set up to accommodate working from home. A portion of teachers gas reported that this shift towards distance learning has led to impaired sleep cycles. Juggling their busy schedules with their personal life while having to deal with issues of multitasking and mismanagement can take a toll on teachers.

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Just like in other professions, teachers require access to resources that support the mental and physical health of anyone willing to join the profession. Here is how you can make adjustments and steer away from anxiety as a teacher:

  • Feel free to discuss issues with colleagues
  • Encourage resistance against working during unpaid hours.
  • Be patient as you learn and adjust to new technology.
  • Allow yourself enough time to rest and recover from your workload.
  • Be open to sharing ideas and resources with colleagues.
  • Be open about any shortcomings from your students. You should also be comfortable informing parents about such shortcomings.

 

A Final Word

Regardless of the profession, it is necessary for employees to identify work-related stress and anxiety as a red flag to the deterioration of their mental health. Companies need to be responsible for the mental and physical health of their workforce.

Before you can start applying to the jobs listed above, you ought to reflect on your ideal work environment, identify common issues that could lead to anxiety, and design a stress management plan. You should be open to seeking help from nearby psychologists and doctors or using workplace-provided resources.

Now you are aware of the professions that could easily lead to depression and anxiety. Feel free to visit our website for more information on how to maintain your mental health.

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You most likely did not know that an inflamed thyroid gland can result in stress and anxiety problems. Thyroid inflammation is the swelling of the thyroid gland, and it is also known as thyroiditis. The swelling impairs the thyroid’s ability to produce its hormones at normal levels. While stress and anxiety are often psychological problems, studies show a connection between the two and thyroid inflammation.

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Typically, the thyroid gland produces hormones that impact the function of every part of your body. The thyroid utilizes iodine mineral from your diet to produce triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine hormones (T4). The endocrine chemicals are responsible for regulating your body’s metabolism and keeping your heart rate, and mood checked. When it gets inflamed, the thyroid’s cells die, and the gland cannot produce the essential hormones.  This, in turn, disrupts the gland’s ability to function appropriately, thus leading to impairment of the body’s metabolism and mood.

 

What Causes Thyroid Inflammation?

When it comes to thyroid inflammation, several culprits are involved. Autoimmune is one of the leading causes, while viral/bacterial infections, drugs, and radiation are the least causes. In most cases, the attack from autoimmune antibodies causes the gland to swell. Since autoimmune has the highest prevalence, physicians have identified several conditions responsible for thyroiditis. Read on to understand some of these thyroid inflammation diseases.

a. Grave’s Disease

Your immunity uses its thyroid-stimulating immunoglobulins (TSIs) to mimic the thyroid-stimulating hormone in this type of autoimmune disorder. The presence of these autoimmune antibodies tricks your thyroid into releasing excess T3 and T4 hormones in the bloodstream. When thyroid hormones exceed the normal levels, the metabolism rate in your body spikes.

 

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Grave’s Disease Common Symptoms

 

As a result, your thyroid gets inflamed, and you may also start experiencing several symptoms related to the high metabolism rate. Grave’s disease’s most common symptoms include heat intolerance, weight loss, sweating, heart palpitations, restlessness, shortness of breath, and exercise intolerance. Additionally, patients may experience mental related problems, such as anxiety, stress, and insomnia.

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b. Hashimoto’s Disease

According to the studies, Hashimoto’s disease has the highest prevalence of thyroid diseases in the USA. In Hashimoto’s disease, the immune system attacks the thyroid gland’s cells by destroying them, thus compromising its ability to function adequately. The impaired thyroid cannot release sufficient thyroid hormones, which are essential in regulating the metabolic processes in the body. This results in inflammation of the gland and can enlarge to form a goiter. Hashimoto’s disease presents with shortness of breath, weight gain, constipation, fatigue, cold intolerance mood disorders including depression, exercise intolerance, among others.

 

Symptoms of Thyroid Inflammation

Symptoms of thyroid inflammation may vary depending on the inflammation intensity. Since the gland affects many body parts, signs might be emanating from different types of the body. As the disease progresses, most patients experience a mix of symptoms, including mental health problems, among other physiological problems. Have a look at some of the symptoms you can expect when suffering from thyroiditis:

  • Unusual anxiety
  • Unexplainable stress
  • Gastrointestinal problems: Some of the symptoms include nausea, unusual increase or decrease of appetite, and increased bowel emptying
  • General body sickness: This may present with sweating, lethargy, pain, feeling cold, and heat intolerance
  • Unusual increase or decrease in weight
  • Shortness of breath
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia

 

Diagnosis of Thyroid Inflammation

The diagnosis of thyroid inflammation depends on the intensity of the inflammation. Sometimes, patients may not understand the unusual health issues they are going through. For instance, a patient who experiences unusual anxiety, stress, or depression is given anti-anxiety meds or antidepressants. While the drugs will help stabilize the mental conditions, the primary problem is left untreated. Therefore, it is essential to understand the various symptoms of thyroid inflammation so that your doctor can make a prompt diagnosis. For a thyroid to diagnosis to be made, your doctor will request the following tests:

  • Thyroid Functional Test: This aims to determine the level of T3, T4, and TSH in your blood. Abnormal levels of these hormones will be a sign of thyroid inflammation.
  • Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR): The test establishes the intensity of thyroid inflammation by determining the rate at which red cells sediments.

 

Symptoms of Thyroiditis
Symptoms of Thyroiditis

 

  • Thyroid Antibody Test: Assesses for any autoimmune antibodies in the blood. The autoimmune antibodies are usually high in autoimmune thyroiditis.
  • Radioactive Iodine Uptake (RAIU):  Determines the amount of iodine mineral absorbed by your thyroid.
  • Sonogram of the Thyroid: Your doctor will ask for this imaging to assess your thyroid’s structure. The physician will also note any changes in the expected size, texture, and blood circulation of the gland.

 

How Is Thyroid Inflammation Treated?

Indeed, going through thyroiditis can be devastated, primarily because it affects the quality of life. Even so, you don’t have to feel overwhelmed since the condition can be treatable, and you can continue enjoying life. Typically, treatment depends on the stage, type, and symptoms of thyroid inflammation.

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  • Use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin and cortisone to manage thyroidal pain and inflammation.
  • Beta-blockers help alleviates heart palpitations, tremors, and sweating.
  • Radioactive iodine aims at shrinking the enlarged thyroid.
  • Anti-thyroid medications, such as propylthiouracil and methimazole
  • Thyroidectomy: This may be necessary when other treatment modalities are not applicable.
  • Grave’s Ophthalmopathy can be treated by using artificial tears or undergoing Orbital decompression surgery.
  • Use of hormone replacement therapy to manage hypothyroidism.
  • Antibiotics medications to treat thyroid inflammation resulting from an infection

Nowadays, physicians are applying innovations and tests to help make a prompt diagnosis of thyroid inflammation disorders. If you start experiencing stress and anxiety, among other thyroiditis symptoms, contact your GP immediately. Additionally, if you know of someone suffering from thyroid inflammation symptoms, ensure you refer them to a reliable physician.

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Music nourishes your soul. Sound therapy, relevant lyrics, unforgettable tunes, and entertaining beats have a profound impact on your mind. Other than reminiscing on the good old days, music can help cure emotional stress. It can trigger feelings that have powerful healing properties. If used creatively, it’s a tool that can positively impact millions of people across the globe.


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Many people with Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) may also struggle with alcohol abuse. Estimates show 2-13% of the general population have SAD, making the health condition list among the most common disorders—only behind depression and alcoholism. It’s not a coincidence, then, that these disorders frequently occur together.

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Between SAD and Alcoholism, which condition usually comes first? For a subject diagnosed with both disorders, there’s a relatively higher probability a SAD diagnosis preceded alcohol abuse.

Link Between Anxiety and Alcoholism

A considerable number of people start drinking as a means of dealing with social anxiety. But over time, subjects develop alcohol addiction, which becomes a growing problem in its own right. Alcoholism hurts personal relationships, affecting the way an individual interacts either at school or in the workplace and may even result in the subject having issues with the law.

 

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Apart from serving as depressant alcohol also plays the role of a sedative, with some people often using it to unwind.  A level of relaxation sets in as a subject’s Blood Alcohol Count (BAC) rises, and a considerable number of people may opt to use this strategy to curb stress in their lives.

Even so, the use of alcohol as a means to mitigate anxiety is a tactic that often backfires. Based on the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), prolonged drinking is a probable cause of mental health issues. Substance-induced anxiety may arise in subjects’ with other anxiety disorders like GAD, and acquiring this new anxiety problem only exacerbates the impact of the initial disorder.

According to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America (ADAA), 20% of people struggling with social anxiety also deal with some form of alcohol-related dependency.

While alcohol may tentatively reduce anxiety momentarily, it can also aggravate anxiety concerns within a relatively short duration after consumption. Even moderate amounts of alcohol can have a considerable effect on anxiety capable of lasting for many hours.

Some studies show excessive consumption of alcohol can also result in the rewiring of the brain. Such concerns can further expose an individual to the development of anxiety issues. Aside from increasing an individual’s susceptibility for a traumatic event—often leading to post-traumatic stress health disorders—changes perhaps occurring in a subject’s brain may be sufficient to bring about a rise in their anxiety issues as well.

As earlier stated, alcohol abuse often gives rise to physical dependence on the substance. What’s more, the concern can bring about withdrawal symptoms once the alcohol leaves the subject’s system. Individuals may, after that, experience specific symptoms, including unusual sweating, shivering, nausea, and heart palpitation.

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Treatment Options for Co-Occurring Anxiety Disorders and Alcohol Abuse

Even though some individuals use alcohol as a strategy of dealing with anxiety, the adverse effects of this form of self-medication significantly outweigh any of the temporary affirmative relief a subject may experience.

ADAA specifies that treating a substance abuse concern does not necessarily eradicate a concurrent anxiety problem. Preferably, medics should treat both conditions in tandem. Assuming one of the two issues remains unresolved, the probability of a relapse of the other condition escalates.

If an individual exhibits symptoms of co-occurring disorders, primarily one disorder acts as a trigger for the other condition. For instance, anxiety is usually a stimulant for alcohol abuse.

As such, if you only address the alcohol concern, anxiety will remain to be a recurring problem for the individual. Furthermore, the prospects are considerably high in the subject relapsing to alcohol abuse as a means of addressing the health problem.

It’s, therefore, vital to select a treatment plan that can cover both co-occurring disorders. Physicians have to apply caution when prescribing medications to resolve anxiety issues, especially in the use of benzodiazepines because these medications can be considered addictive.

Because the subjects may have a history of substance abuse, the likelihood of them abusing these benzodiazepine prescriptions increases. Physicians may, therefore, use medications with lower chances of abuse besides utilizing holistic treatment interventions that might also include close supervision.

 

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Use of Therapy

For many people struggling with both alcoholism and anxiety disorders, therapy can prove to be an ideal treatment option. Physicians widely regard Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as an effective management program in addressing clinical cases of co-occurring alcoholism and anxiety problems. This treatment plan focuses on changing an individual’s thought patterns to alter the resulting behavioral patterns.

What Exactly Does All this Mean For You?

You must be aware of any comorbidity—meaning the presence of simultaneous chronic disorders. Such conditions apply to individuals dealing with both alcoholism and anxiety disorders. Treatment plans may also need to conform to the concurrence of multiple conditions and hence involve an integrated approach that broadly caters to recovery plans on all fronts.

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From simple anxiety feelings to serious and daunting situations, stress is part of every person’s life. According to statistics, 60% of American adults admit that they deal with stress and anxiety daily. This number is a considerable concern. Even so, what matters more is how you keep such fears under manageable levels to remain productive and enjoy life’s beauty amid the crises.

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In this article, you will learn nine simple ways to help you take control of your life by lowering your stress levels. Let’s see.

Let’s expound and see how each can lower your anxiety.

 

Number One: Get Quality Sleep

Are you sure of what causes your stress and anxiety? It may be your body asking for quality rest. Every subject’s body requires sleep to function optimally. Getting enough sleep positively boosts your energy, refills, and restores your body. It’s essential, and even a slight deprivation of sleep can lead to massive damage to your brain, cognition, and memory. Technically, your body can’t recuperate itself if deprived of enough sleep.

Research has it that if Americans could sleep considerably longer than they do currently, they would be healthier and happier. Lack of enough rest lists among the leading causes of negative moods and a lack of energy to carry out daily functions.

 

How is sleep related to stress?

If you don’t get enough night sleep, your body spontaneously increases stress hormones and keeps pushing the hormones. Consecutively, you wake up feeling more depressed and stressed the next day.

Similarly, being unable to sleep typically causes insomnia – a medical disorder that brings about an inability to sleep by keeping your mind at a hyper-arousal state.

 

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Stress can ignite insomnia and many other health issues

 

So how do you give your body enough sleep?

Not having enough sleep can significantly affect your mental health, productivity, and performance. If you can’t seem to have enough sleep due to whichever reasons, try following these simple steps to boost your sleep quality.

 

Step 1: Follow natural and consistent sleep-wake patterns

It’s the first and very crucial step in your efforts to achieve a better night’s sleep. If you harmonize your body’s regular sleeping patterns, you’ll end up waking up more refreshed and energetic. Making even the slightest alterations in your sleep routines can stress your body while adjusting to the new changes. To achieve better sleep patterns, try the following tricks.

  • Try scheduling your sleep-wake up timings to be the same every day – This will allow your body’s internal clocks to enhance your sleep quality. If you practice the routine religiously, you will always wake up feeling refreshed and at your desired time, even without an alarm.
  • Do not extend your sleeping hours during the weekends and on off-days – You may think this habit will help you compensate for the shorter hours you sleep during the working/ school days. It may have a slightly positive impact, but it comes at the price of disturbing your sleep cycle.
  • Take small, powerful naps if you wake up still feeling drowsy after your regular sleeping hours.
  • Don’t encourage after-dinner laziness – You can do this by not staying too long on the couch, doing something productive like washing dishes, or taking a walk.

 

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Step 2: Regulate light exposure

Your sleep-wake patterns work following melatonin hormone release, a naturally occurring hormone regulated by light exposure. Biologically, you feel sleepier in the dark due to the free release of melatonin hormone. To maintain the melatonin hormone within the ideal levels, you need to control your exposure to light both in the day and night.

During day-time:

  • Get maximum exposure to bright sunlight. Try taking your morning coffee outside or reading your newspaper under the open sun.
  • Spread your yoga mat out in the sunlight and spring yourself around nature.
  • Keep your curtains open and let in as much sunlight into your house and workspace as possible.

At night:

  • Avoid using bright screens. You can dim the screens of your laptop and television if you must use them.
  • If you’re reading, avoid using backlit devices since they can negatively affect your vision and sleeping pattern.
  • Ensure your room is dim and cozy. Use thick curtains to conceal your windows, and if you can feel okay with it, try sleeping in a comforting dim blue light.

Step 3: Bedtime Snacks

Some people can’t fall asleep without taking a snack while others feel comfortable without taking anything after dinner. If you fall in the first category, ensure that you have a bite before retiring to bed. Some of the snacks you can try out include:

  • A small whole-grain meal
  • Half a chicken/ turkey sandwich
  • A glass of lukewarm milk
  • A banana
  • A mini bowl of yogurt.

Step 4: Make your sleeping environment peaceful

A quiet resting environment will instinctively divert your brain towards rest and sleep. On the other hand, a slight change in your sleeping environment will alter your sleep quality. These tips will help make your sleeping environment peaceful.

  • Ensure your bedding is comfortable. You can check if your mattress is in line with your body contours, and your bedsheets are sufficiently flexible to allow different postures while sleeping.
  • Ensure your breathing is comfortable and easy. You can do this by ensuring proper ventilation and keeping your room adequately warm.
  • Use earplugs to mask out road traffic noise.

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Step 5: Go back to sleep after a distraction

It’s normal to be distracted while sleeping. If this happens to you, try not to stay awake and slip back into slumber. If you have trouble going back to sleep after a distraction, try these tricks.

  • Just relax and avoid thinking hard about your inability to fall asleep.
  • Perform simple relaxation movements like deep breathing exercises, continuous muscle relaxation techniques, concentration, and visualization.
  • If you try the above tricks, but you’re still awake 15 minutes later, get up and attempt non-stimulant activities like reading under dim light. This action will strain your brain a little and bring back the urge to sleep.
  • In case you are staying up at night due to something or an issue consistently troubling you and making you nervous, note it down somewhere, go back to sleep and think about it the next day.

 

Number Two: Involve Your Senses for Your Revival

Your senses form your frontline defense against stress. If you can recognize the sensory feelings experienced by your body, then you can notice the wonders that come with senses. However, this requires some experience and preciseness. It requires you to narrow down into what stimulates your feelings and how they communicate to your brain. Identifying your external stimulus works magic into lowering your stress and anxiety levels quickly.

For example, if you’re a music enthusiast. You can try listening to a variety of music tracks of different genres and styles. Listen to as many songs as you can and spot which type soothes your heart and helps you to relax.

Apart from songs, you can explore a wide range of sensory experiences from wherever you are and how you relate to it. Some of the sensory activities you can try include:

 

  • Explore nature using your sight

You don’t have to think so much here. Simply look around you and see what excites your eyes. Enjoy the sight and divert your attention to it. Doing this will help to ease your brain and shift your focus from your worries. It can be as simple as looking at a photo of someone you adore or favorite moments.

Similarly, you can walk out and relish the beauty of nature. A waft of cool, fresh air will easily lift all your worries and stress. To pump it all up, try surrounding yourself with colors that make you feel comfortable. And lastly, you can top it up by adjusting your lighting to gentle blue hues.

 

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The salt lamp has many benefits on your sleep and your health

  • Practice Aromatherapy

From ancient times, aromatherapy has been known and appreciated for its relaxation properties. It works by stimulating brain areas responsible for emotions and behaviors. Practicing this with essential oils is beneficial for reducing your stress levels since they aid in decreasing negative thoughts and feelings.

Some scents also have a massive impact on the brain. Therefore, you can try burning incense or lighting a fragrant candle and relax while your mind gets cozy with the fragrance. You can also experience aromatherapy by applying or inhaling essential oils. These oils can do wonders in easing your stress, treating insomnia, and lowering depression. Some essential oils that you can try out include:

  • Lavender
  • Bergamot
  • German chamomile
  • Jasmine
  • Melissa
  • Clary sage
  • Rose

Safety tip: A significant proportion of essential oils are mild and safe for use by adults. However, it’s necessary to follow the recommended dosage, use under proper guidelines, and look out for underlying respiratory conditions and allergies.

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  • Experience touch

During critical and stressful moments, it’s crucial to indulge yourself to deal with the hard times. Handling stress can sometimes be doing something as simple as covering yourself with a delicate and warm blanket. Similarly, you can try holding a stress ball or fiddling some toys. The texture and touch work magically in satisfying your mind and diverting your brain from the stressors.

The secret is in experiencing a soothing and warming touch. It doesn’t have to work uniformly with everyone. Simply explore and see what works best for you.

  • Treat yourself to a favorite meal

Reveling on your favorite meal can assist in lowering your stress levels, mostly if you do it mindfully. Mindless eating habits will end up increasing your stress levels, whereas eating in moderation will cheer up your senses and reduce your anxiety.

Certain foods are great at relieving and lowering your anxiety. The reason can either be the relieving properties in the nutrition or your attachment and pleasure towards having the meal.

According to studies, chewing gum works as a remedy to stress and anxiety. The sugarless chewing gums help in lowering the salivary cortisol levels during stressful moments. Similarly, a piece of gum assists in soothing nerves and deviates your focus from your stress source.

Options on what foods and meals to try are endless. It can range from an enticing piece of chocolate to a steaming cup of coffee. You don’t have to think deeply about this. Simply try simple things and see what works best for you. Sometimes a bunch of almonds or a carrot is just enough to do the trick.

  • Favorite sound

Music elicits a significant impact on your mood and brain. Listening to calming music has shown positive effects on lowering stress and anxiety. Many people fancy meditating and relaxing music. However, if the uplifting beats are your thing, then feel free to enjoy it.

 

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Number Three: Practice Yoga and Breathing Exercise

From the ancient years, yoga has been known as an effective antidote for stress and anxiety. Even today, celebrities and high-end individuals with nerve-racking routines, those with deskbound lifestyles and daunting workloads, use yoga to eradicate the stress that comes with their daily lives.

Yoga is a mixture of various techniques that all serve a similar purpose to relax your brain and put you in the best state of health. To successfully relieve your worries through yoga, you should set a consistent routine involving regular intervals and then stick to it.

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Which components of yoga are necessary for stress relief?

As mentioned earlier, yoga is a bunch of techniques that can quickly ease your nerves and help you calm down. Some of these activities include:

  • Workouts
  • Breathing and control exercises
  • Relaxation exercises
  • Clearing up your mind

Let’s now expound on each and see how you can benefit from practicing them.

  • Workouts

Yoga workouts include specific postures and stretches. The physical practice of these signs is termed as “hatha yoga.” There is a further difference in hatha yoga. It involves a slow-paced movement and stretches, while at other times, it involves a fast-paced action similar to a routine treatment exercise.

Because your primary goal for doing yoga workouts is to relieve stress and relax your brain, you can go ahead and experiment with both styles. Get what works best for you and stick by it.

 

How do workouts relieve stress?

Almost all workouts relieve stress by releasing endorphins. These are natural hormones that help the body eliminate stress. While doing exercises, remember to do some stretches because they are equally crucial in relieving anxiety and stress. They work wonders by relaxing your body muscles.

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If you frequently stretch your body, you help yourself by releasing tension in particular areas like the neck, shoulders, and lower back. Alongside easing your nerves and relieving you of stress, exercises and stretches are also very good for your general well-being.

  • Breathing and control exercises

Although breathing is an automatic function of your body, yoga can help you control its efficiency significantly. Practicing yoga increases your awareness of the breathing routine; hence you get to master how to regulate the cycle.

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How do breathing exercises ease your nerves?

Over the years, Buddhists and eastern healers have held on to the belief that breathing is the central foundation of brain regulation and functioning. Research also proves that breathing exercises help improve the brain’s intellectual functions and allow positive thought generation. Consecutively, this phenomenon eases stress and anxiety.

A study done by Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience and the Global Brain Health Institute at Trinity in 2018 states that practical breathing exercises affect the human brain’s norepinephrine levels.

Norepinephrine is a chemical messenger released when you get emotionally aroused, challenged, or focused. Having a balance of the chemical means you will stay more positive, focused, and not nervous.

 

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Daily exercising can diminish your stress level

 

  • Clearing up your mind

During stress conditions, the human mind is always racing, and the thoughts usually come one after another. These will then result in overthinking or dwelling on the incidents that caused your stress, which will do nothing more than heighten your panic levels. The result is you remain with a tired and stressed mind.

Yoga is an effective way to clear your mind and resolve all the unsorted matters. One successful way of clearing your mind is concentrating on your breathing pattern. This method utilizes a combination of yoga and breathing.

In this process, you have to concentrate on every exhale and inhale and stop overthinking about whatever is troubling your brain. Try eliminating the negative thoughts out of your mind whenever you exhale.

This regimen requires a lot of concentration to make your brain divert from stress and attain maximum calmness. If you master it, you’ll enjoy the peace you’ll experience afterward.

  • Relaxation Exercises

Every yoga session has a span of 10-15 minutes of relaxation spent in a specific posture called “savasana.” It may be hard to attain an enforced peace at first, but you will gradually notice your full body resting and every part at a relaxed stance.

Savasana (the act of slowly relaxing one body part at a time, along with a single muscle, while meditating on one thought at a time) is a fragment of relaxation that drags your body from the uncertainties to a peaceful and refreshed state of mind. It enables you to fight daily life stress and help you to reset back to a calm state.

Relaxation exercises offer a more promising way of achieving most of the meditation, and impressively reduce your anxiety and nervousness.

 

Number Four: Avoid Procrastination

On many occasions, you may fiddle with various things like a financial burden, deadlines, emotional needs, or even life-threatening events. All these occurrences intensify your stress, and you may feel helpless or lack the willpower to face your stressors.

Almost everyone in America is conversant with the phenomenon of procrastination. It makes you spend all your free time worrying about your vital tasks, which you’re unable to accomplish, and they remain a continuous cause for dispute and fear in your brain.

The long-term procrastinators have this stress pattern circled up for their entire life by postponing the critical things, slugging on responsibilities, and continuing in a state of depression.

Don’t allow procrastination to ruin your life by boosting depression and stress. Here are precise steps you can take to stop procrastination. They are straightforward and can easily apply to your stressful life.

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Step 1: Try changing the environment

Different environments have various impacts on your brain and productivity. If you’re stressed due to any cause, such as your work task, what feeling will you get by staring at the papers’ stack? I bet it’s NEGATIVE.

In stressful moments, your work area starts looking like a torture cell. It will make you flee from the task; procrastinate about how horrible it is, or just sleep. Try altering the location or shifting to another room as this will make you feel rejuvenated and relaxed.

You can also spend some time on the lawn or terrace. A waft of fresh air will calm your brain and help you focus again, and then you can start working on your task over again, with positivity and a better mindset.

Step 2: Hangout with inspirational individuals

The kind of people you spend time with have a significant influence on your behavior and moods. Conversing with an inspiring or motivating individual can significantly change your perception of how you see things even for just a few minutes.

Surround yourself with people who can lift your mood and help you eliminate your agitation through their intelligent and intellectual management skills.

A productive chat with a hard worker or a go-getter instills positivity in you and can help you manage your unsettled matters to eradicate stress.

Step 3: Avoid overcomplicating your situation

Are you in any of these situations, waiting for the correct time to act on everything, or hoping for things to improve on their own or stress washing away suddenly? Then it’s time you change your perspective.

Nothing will materialize unless you put your efforts into creating a peaceful change to your life. Discard all your troubling thoughts and try to disconnect yourself from all the chaos in your brain.

Believing in superstition, overthinking, pondering, over-stressing, or making assumptions are all fertile grounds for developing long-term depression and stress.

Be realistic and straightforward. Instead of overcomplicating your situation, take small steps, and work towards resolving your issues.

One of the reasons many people drown into depression entails running after perfectionism. Go for natural conditions and their real results. When your situation is less complicated, it becomes easier to face, resolve, and get out of your stress and frustration.

 

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Procrastination can have dreadful effects on your mental and physical health

 

Step 4: Clarify your goals

Procrastinating over a long time often diverts your brain, seemingly making you busy worrying about other less-important issues instead of growing your goals and aspirations. You, in turn, start feeling frustrated and allow in nervousness and anxiety. Stress then diverts your focus from your pursuits and the actions you need to take to achieve them.

So, how can you remedy the concern? Get some time off your day to cool down in a quiet location, pause, and meditate on your goals. Re-visit the achievements you desired to accomplish and figure out the steps you have taken into achieving them.

Ask yourself how relevant the actions you need to take are, or else think about the flaws and the adjustments you need to make.

You also need to ask yourself if the actions you take are in line with your goals. If they don’t, then figure out what you can do to achieve what you want.

Doing proper planning will help you in achieving what you want and avoid getting stressed again.

Step 5: Strategize and take actions

When going through a worrying phase, many people continuously lament the terrible situation but take no action. Sadly, no changes occur if you don’t act. As a result, you don’t have a reason to sit idle and keep worrying over the pending tasks. What you need to do is put some quality time into strategizing and planning on how you can solve the situation.

Procrastination is like a chain, and breaking through it isn’t easy. If you want to be free, you must first take charge of your will-power and thoughts.

 

Number Five: Get an Emotional Support Animal

An emotional support animal is your animal companion during tormenting moments like stress, depression, emotional disorders, or disability. They offer affection, companionship, and support to reduce the psychological impacts of health conditions and problems.

To many people, dogs are the best emotional support animals, but some still prefer other animals like cats or miniature horses. People relate differently to different animals, so whatever your choice is, go for it.

 

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How Can ESA Help in Easing Your Nerves?

Having a furry friend during your worst moments could be the ultimate therapy you need to calm down. Some of the ways your furry friend can help you feel relaxed and relieved include the following.

 

  • Keeping an ESA can enhance the release of neurotransmitters

Because of their binding capabilities and love, ESA’s boost the release of mood-regulating neurochemicals such as dopamine. This chemical is associated with stimulating the feeling of pleasure and can help you calm down fast.

Looking in the dog’s eyes is associated with boosting these neurotransmitters. The experience leads you to feel less stressed and diverts your attention to caring more about the feeling and attachment.

When feeling stressed, like many others, you may want to be alone or away from other people. However, depriving yourself of love and affection at this time could be dangerous and aggravate your condition much further.

However, having a supportive animal friend will compensate for the loneliness your heart may feel and simplify your recovery process. They also give a sense of security and eliminate stress.

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  • An ESA helps in staying stress-free, especially those having a height phobia

Many people experience a lot of stress when commuting by airplanes. Some don’t do planes completely due to phobia of height. If you also dread heights, then this could be your chance to enjoy life without fear.

Many states allow people diagnosed with mental problems, including stress, to board airplanes with their emotional support animals.

If you tend to encounter stress attacks, carrying your ESA to the plane will benefit your condition.

Petting and taking care of animals relieve anxiety and will divert your brain away from what’s happening around you. Since the pet will most probably require your attention the entire flight, you won’t have a chance to stress about the height anymore.

    • The unconditional attachment you have with your ESA, irrespective of the time or place, will help even-out your mood and thoughts.
    • An ESA can be incorporated into your treatment plan to hasten the process.

ESA helps as a treatment model and relieves several mental health complications supplemented by pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments.

They work perfectly with cognitive-behavioral treatments to ease symptoms’ impacts and enable you to go about your daily life without concerns surrounding stress and other underlying mental issues.

 

  • Stabilize Stress Attacks

Matters get complicated and difficult to handle in case of a stress attack caused by emotional dysregulation. At such moments, these animals give generous support and make the situation more manageable.

While stressed, you mostly find yourself fearful, anxious, and unable to settle down. The ESAs can offer you a stable state supportive posture to help you deviate your focus from the stressors.

The whole idea of emotional support animals works wonders with animals in a neutral state. More so, if you opt for ESAs that are neither stressed nor depressed and cuddle around you, notwithstanding your condition.

 

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Companionship of Emotional Support Animal can help in fixing stress issues in life

 

Number Six: Exercises – the Evidence -Based Method That Has Proven to Be Effective

Do you have a list of ongoing stressors, or have you tried many methods to relieve yourself but to no avail? Are you on the verge of giving it all up? Don’t do that just yet. There are simple lifestyle options you can try out first. Exercise is one of them and has been tested and proven to be a very effective stress reliever. The reason being—physical activity aids in relieving pressure in the entire body and brain.

 

So how does exercise ease stress?

Exercise causes physiological variations that improve general body oxygen and blood supply. It also enhances the release of endorphins_ the “happy-state” neurotransmitters, which actively fix your mood. When released, they bring about a feeling of wellbeing and euphoria.

Besides lowering your stress levels, exercise also aids in keeping you fit and in good health condition.

 

How much exercise do you require?

According to the American Heart Association, a human needs 150 minutes of moderate aerobic workouts every week.

  • Breaking the duration to 30 minutes daily for five working days makes it more achievable and reachable.
  • If you have commitments and you lack much time to concentrate on one thing, the 30 minutes a day plan can work well for you.
  • While doing workouts, engage your more extensive muscle group and infuse stretching exercises at the end of every session.
  • Ending your workouts with stretching exercises helps relieve pain and continuous pressure over your joints, making you feel relaxed.

 

What type of exercises do you need?

Any type of exercise can help in easing your worries and stress. However, you should consult your physician. A certified doctor can help you watch out for red flags before you start.

If you suffer from cardiac and respiratory issues, you’ll need to be more careful because some of the exercises may not be good for your well-being.

Although no single program can be suitable for everyone, don’t go overboard thinking of the right exercises for you. Try these activities and see how much relaxation they bring to you.

  • Playing games outdoor
  • Brisk walking
  • Cycling
  • Jogging
  • Dancing
  • Swimming

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If you want to incorporate more stretching and strengthening activities, you can use external weights and stitching bands.

Exercise can be any bodily activity that helps raise your cardiac output, relieves your stress, and maintains general body fit.

To some, physical activities such as gardening, washing dishes, or cleaning may prove to be satisfactory. If you find these exciting, you can go ahead and enjoy it.

 

Number Seven: Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness is your essential ability to understand and acknowledge your surroundings and mental state, and reactions to your external environment.

Since it’s an inherent natural phenomenon, it’s always available, especially when undergoing stress and panic, as long as you practice it daily.

The necessary steps involved in practicing mindfulness

Mindfulness offers an excellent opportunity to create some positive space between you and your reactions.

Stress is caused when you fail to understand and react accordingly with issues and the surrounding environment. Practicing mindfulness at this point will save you a lot—here are the steps to follow to master mindfulness.

Step 1: Plan some time

You do not require any special equipment or special preparation.  You only need to set aside a particular place and time. Take some time off your schedules, go to your secret and quiet place. Focus on the process.

Step 2: Focus on the present

Alongside achieving inner peace and calming your brain, you’d also want to emphasize the present. You need to understand what causes you stress without being judgmental or biased.

To achieve this, you have to train your troubled and worried brain to stay neutral and attempt to find a typical perspective of circumstances and moments resulting in panic.

 

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Traveling means taking break from your daily life routine and also a way to relieve from stress

 

Step 3: Ignore your judgment

When going through a stressful situation, your brain pulls out negative thoughts and draws conclusions on all things happening around you. You lack positivity in how you think, and the condition worsens as the stress develops further.

To fight this, simply pay attention to your present without judging or drawing negative conclusions and thoughts. Just focus on the positive features of the whole situation.

Step 4: Hold on to your focus point

Brains are typically carried away with thoughts. Practice staying grounded with your focus, besides, keep concentrating on it. The main goal of mindfulness is to help you get back to your thinking point repeatedly.

Step 5: Be patient with your struggling mind

This is the most crucial part of the process. Learn to keep calm and tolerate your wandering brain. Desist from judging or blaming yourself in any way. It’s okay if you can’t feel optimistic about anything. Accept the thoughts crossing your mind and drive back to your focal point gently.

The practice isn’t easy, and mastering it requires consistent practice and patience. However, the results are worth the struggle and more.

 

Number Eight: Play Reviving Video Games

Dealing with stress from time to time isn’t a new aspect of today’s life. If your condition is unwavering and a long-term concerning the situation, you may want to forget your worries and feel relaxed. Try video games. Many people think that video gaming is childish and a waste of time. Well, many of these games are created with a lot of emphases and are very good for the health of your brain.

Some of the exciting video games that you can enjoy anytime anywhere include:

  • Bubble Wrap

This game is excellent for killing stress. Its idea is drawn from the original bubble wrap, in which people enjoy popping out bubbles. It’s so sweet that you can now get it in your device and play it virtually anywhere.

If you press the bubbles on your screen, they burst and carry your worries away with the popping movements. When they pop, they also assist you in doing away with destructive thoughts.

Find the free app and download it for free. It’s easy to play, and so you can kick into the game even in the queue, at the bus stop, or while on a journey.

The app is optimized with various colors, and calming sounds perfect for kicking the stress out of your system.

  • Colour Break

Are you an artist, or you just find it fun experiencing colors? This app allows you to dig into digital skills and forget about your worries. To draw the patterns, you will use either your finger or a stylus if you have one.

It makes you concentrate on your creativity while effectively diverting your brain from your stressors the entire day. What’s even better? You get an opportunity to share your patterns with friends from anywhere.

It has an exciting, colorful build, interactive features, and grants you the ability to share your finished patterns with anyone through email; these features make it an awesome option. Download the app today and build your painting skills while you keep your nerves calm.

  • Personal Zen

This is another excellent opportunity to keep stress at bay. This app is designed with the help of neuroscientists. It has shown positive impacts on users battling mental disorders and anxiety.

According to many research pieces, the researchers say that playing it a few times weekly 5-10 minutes is beneficial.

If you have much time at your disposal, continue playing it because the longer you play, the better your results. Similarly, it trains your brain on creating a focus on positive thinking.

 

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Number Nine: Seek Stress Medication and Counselling

If you don’t deal with stress sooner, it may manifest itself through several symptoms that affect your mind and body’s chemically driven functions. However, chronic stress and anxiety may take longer to diminish.

If you tried all the other remedies and nothing seems to change, then it may be time you thought of seeking medication, counseling, or both to help you calm down.

Before using any medication, ensure that:

The most prominent drug categories commonly prescribed to curb stress and anxieties include:

 

Central Nervous System Depressants (Sedatives)

These drugs act by constraining the central nervous system (brain) and inducing favorable impacts such as reduced anxiety, relaxation, and sleepiness. Even so, if taken in high dosage, they can lead to adverse effects including:

  • Breathing impairment
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Slurred speech
  • Poor cognition

They can also be fatal if a subject overdose.

The most widely used are benzodiazepines (alprazolam, Diazepam) and barbiturates. Both types perform on various GABA neurotransmitter sites situated in the brain and produce relaxing effects.

Antidepressants

As their name suggests, so is their function. They are used in extreme depressive disorders and relative conditions. They are often given for stress management due to the strong correlation of depression with anxiety and the fact that their medication can be used interchangeably.

The strongest antidepressants used today are known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)

Serotonin hormone regulates mood and behavior changes in the brain and taking it generates adverse emotional effects such as anxiety, stress, and depression.

SSRI ensures that serotonin remains for more extended periods and goes on regulating mood and emotional balance. They’re not addictive, but known side effects include:

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Sleep disturbance.

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Nutritional Supplements

Nutritional supplements are commonly used to treat stress and anxiety as a form of herbal antidote. Some of the widely used herbal medications include:

Although most of these substances occur naturally and are harvested, you should still be very cautious. Some specific combinations and doses may affect other body health conditions.

As a result, you should only take medication (whether herbal or clinical) strictly under the recommendations of a certified health practitioner.

Counseling

Whatever the cause of your stress, the pressure will consume your life if you leave it unattended. You can use many ways to relieve yourself from stress, and counseling is one of them.

 

What’s stress counseling?

Stress counseling refers to the involvement of a professional or certified psychotherapist in consultations and treatment for your stress management plan. Counselling offers various strategies, and you may need to go for several treatment sessions, depending on your mental conditions.

 

Benefits of Counselling

Counseling is a tried and tested an effective method of managing stress. It works perfectly in conjunction with other management methods.

Cognitive behavior therapy is one of the most successful strategies and most commonly used.

Some of the benefits of counseling include:

  • Offering the opportunity to diffuse the effects of stressors
  • Lessen long-term and short-term work-related issues
  • Assists you in experiencing the brighter side of life
  • Improve cognition
  • Integrates different exercises and techniques to manage stress
  • Boosts self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Talking therapies gives you room to let go of your worries and unsettled disputes.

The list goes on and on. Counseling opens doors to a lot of possibilities.

 

Conclusion

Stress is part and parcel of human life. But still, your health is way more important than the issues that keep worrying you. The best weapon to arm yourself with is how to combat it because you will have to deal with problems in one way or the other. This article has expounded in several ways you can manage stress and remain productive even in the worst storm.

Select what works best for you and follow the routine. Book an appointment today to restore your mental well-being.

 

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From the time the novel coronavirus appeared, governments and organizations put various measures in place to contain it. The most effective include sanitizing, social distancing, wearing PPEs, and quarantines. Although isolation plays a role in slowing the spread, it also makes things worse for people with or at risk of mental disorders.

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The Risks of Isolation on Mental Health

Health experts already expect a surge in cases of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and even suicide due to prolonged isolation. Just as with COVID-19, the health system isn’t adequately prepared to handle this surge. What’s more, not everyone eligible for treatment will seek or receive it. This situation has serious long-term implications.

According to a poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 56% of US adults experience worry, stress, and other adverse mental effects. The national hotline for people suffering emotional distress has seen a nearly 900% increase in calls during the coronavirus pandemic, compared to the same period last year.

Of the trillions of dollars set aside for coronavirus relief through the CARES Act, the amount committed to mental healthcare is insufficient. Even before the pandemic began, 1 in 5 American adults suffered some form of mental disorder. The figure is likely to rise exponentially due to prolonged isolation.

 

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Impact of COVID-19 on the American youth

 

Signs and Symptoms of Mental Illness During Isolation

Isolation causes loneliness, which can lead to more serious mental, emotional, and even physical health issues. Some of its symptoms and adverse effects include:

  • Stress: The pandemic had many unexpected outcomes. They include job losses, minimal access to health facilities, gym closures, communication breakdown, and complicated housing situations. Isolation makes the situation worse because your mind focuses on these adversities.
  • Depression: Although COVID-19 has affected everyone, some have suffered more. Maybe you caught the virus, or know someone who did. In some instances, it could have caused the death of a friend or family member. Such developments, coupled with loneliness, are enough to cause depression.
  • Cognitive decline: Research shows that lonely people are more likely to suffer disorders such as dementia. Social interactions are an important stage of cognitive development for all humans.
  • Alcohol and drug abuse: Isolation causes boredom, which increases the likelihood of overindulging. Alcoholism and drug abuse can worsen mental disorders, such as depression.
  • Erratic sleep patterns: Sleep deprivation can be both a result of and contributor to mental disorders. You’re more likely to have erratic sleep patterns if you also have anxiety, ADHD, depression among other conditions. The uncertainty caused by isolation makes it harder to sleep soundly.
  • Personality disorders: Schizoid personality disorder and borderline personality disorder are just two of the conditions that are linked to loneliness.

In extreme circumstances, isolation causes suicidal thoughts. When coupled with circumstances such as winter and the death of a loved one, it could result in serious mental problems. Loneliness can also lead to physical health problems such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

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Who’s Most at Risk? 

Although all of us deal with isolation and loneliness from time to time, some people are more prone to its negative effects. The elderly have been most affected by both the coronavirus and the resulting containment measures. Some already suffer from dementia and similar conditions, which are only made worse by isolation.

Children who suddenly can’t go to school or play with their friends are also likely to be affected. If they don’t understand the cause of this sudden isolation, conditions such as ADHD and anxiety can grow worse. Others are young adults, immigrants, and divorcees.

If you had some physical health problems, isolation might also affect you mentally. Restricted access to physical therapy facilities, medication, nurses, and other support structures may trigger depression and anxiety.

How to Survive Isolation?

Although it doesn’t completely solve the problem of isolation, technology can make the situation more bearable. Phone calls, texts, and video conferencing tools help you stay in touch with distant colleagues, friends, and relatives. You can also keep in touch through social media platforms.

 

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Tips to survive isolation in a healthy way

 

Technology provides ways of passing time that distract you from destructive habits such as alcoholism and drug abuse. They include movie streaming, online games, and participating in live webinars. Try to organize fun activities for the entire family, such as game nights, treasure hunts, backyard obstacle courses, and water activities.

You can also do home workouts to help keep you in shape, both physically and mentally. Remember to check on your neighbors and other members of the community, especially the elderly and vulnerable. You can help them with errands such as buying groceries, picking medication, getting them reading materials, and delivering other essentials to their doorsteps. Your short visit or phone call might do wonders for their mental wellbeing.

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If you consistently experience anxiety, stress, irritability, mood swings, and related symptoms during isolation, it’s time to seek professional help. Mango Clinic’s competent and experienced physicians are skilled at making accurate diagnoses and creating effective treatment plans. Apart from mental disorders, we also treat a variety of health problems affecting both men and women.

Please contact us today for more information.

 

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