What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is the natural response to stress that your body gets. It's a sense of fear or apprehension over what's to come. Going to a job interview or giving a speech on the first day of school can cause most people to feel anxious and nervous.

It is an emotion you feel when you worry about something. Your body is tense, and your mind is fixed on the thing that concerns you. Focusing on anything else can be tough. Anxiety can affect your appetite, too, and make sleep difficult.

But if your anxiety feelings are extreme, last longer than six months, and interfere with your life, you may get an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety Disorders

It's normal to feel anxious to move to a new location, start a new job or take a test. This type of anxiety is unpleasant, but you might be motivated to work harder and do better work. Ordinary anxiety is a feeling that comes and goes but it doesn't interfere with your daily lives.

In an anxiety disorder the feeling of fear may always be with you. It's intense, and debilitating at times.

Such anxiety can cause you to stop doing things that you enjoy. It can prevent you from entering an elevator, crossing the street or even leaving your home in extreme cases. If left untreated, then the anxiety will continue to get worse.

Anxiety disorders are the most common form of emotional disorder and can affect anyone of any age. Women are more likely to have an anxiety disorder than men, according to studies.


Depending on the person experiencing it anxiety feels different. Feelings may range from your stomach butterflies to a running heart. You may feel out of control, like your mind and body are disconnected.

Nightmares, panic attacks and painful thoughts or memories you can't control include other ways for people to experience anxiety. You may feel overall fear and worry, or you may be afraid of a particular location or event.

Symptoms of general anxiety include:

  • Uncontrollable sensations of worry

  • Increasing irritability

  • Restlessness, and a "on-edge" feeling

  • Trouble with concentration

  • sleep difficulties, such as problems in falling or staying asleep

Although these symptoms may be normal in everyday life, people with GAD will experience them to persistent or extreme levels. GAD may present a vague, unsettling worry or a more serious anxiety that disrupts everyday life.

Natural Remedies

Changes in lifestyle can be an effective way to relive some of the stress and anxiety with which you can cope every day. Most of the natural "remedies" are to take care of your body, take part in healthy activities and eliminate unhealthy ones.

  • Enough Sleep

  • Meditate

  • Being active and exercising

  • Eating healthy food

  • Avoid alcohol

  • Avoid caffeine

  • Quit smoking

To Sum it Up

Anxiety itself is not a medical condition, but a natural emotion which is vital to survival when an individual faces danger.

When this reaction becomes exaggerated or out of proportion to the trigger it causes, an anxiety disorder develops. There are several types of anxiety disorder, including panic disorder, phobia and social anxiety disorder.

Treatment involves combining various types of therapy, medication, and counseling, along with self-help measures.

An active lifestyle with a balanced diet can help to keep anxious emotions within healthy limits.

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