Anxiety is a feeling of nervousness, unease, or worry that typically occurs in the absence of an imminent threat. It differs from fear, which is the body’s natural response to immediate danger. Anxiety is feedback from your mind/body telling you that something that requires your attention. It's a built-in survival-based mechanism. But anxiety becomes a problem when you don't address the issue or take charge of your mind and emotions. If you've been feeling anxious, here are a few tips to help:
Become Calmer with Slow, Controlled Breathing. Slow, controlled breathing activates the body's parasympathetic nervous system (aka its relaxation system). One simple and effective technique, you breathe in for the count of 5 and out for the count of 7. You can do this either sitting up or lying down; either way, focus on your breath as you draw it in and push it out. Within a minute, you'll feel calmer and centered!
Identify why your body/mind is anxious. Identifying techniques that help ease your anxiety is important. But addressing underlying issues is the key to ending your unnecessary anxiety (remember, anxiety is a symptom, not a cause). Consider unprocessed trauma, stuck emotions, remaining in stressful environments, resistance to experience, unmanaged stress, excessive stimulant use, hyperthyroidism, low blood sugar issues, medications and drugs. Consider getting support from an experienced therapist and/or doctor if you need additional help identifying or addressing the cause of your anxiety
Remember that balanced biology creates a calm psychology. If anxiety is an ongoing issue for you, consider reducing your consumption of nicotine, caffeine, and/or refined sugars.
A number of organizations and websites offer help and a wealth of information to support people with anxiety disorders. These resources can make dealing with anxiety feel much less overwhelming. If you've think you may be dealing with an anxiety disorder, don't wait to search for help - the sooner you reach out, the better.
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