Feeling of anxiety and stress when confronts a problem at work or personal life or before taking an important decision is the expected part of life. Anxiety disorders involve more than the temporary stress, it gets worse over time. The symptoms of our anxiety getting worse can disturb our daily lives and activities such as the conflict in relationships, affecting our work productivity, deteriorating health, feeling restlessness, being frustrated, and disturbed sleeping patterns. The article discusses the anxiety, its causes, and 8 signs about how anxiety is getting worse. It also discusses the ways to deal with anxiety disorders by making some small changes in our daily lifestyle.
Anxiety can be defined as an emotional reaction to uncomfortable situations, circumstances that affect one’s behavior. It means the human reactions that occur when things get out of control and are not in alignment with one’s comfort zone. Sometimes anxiety is helpful as it helps to build a little amount of pressure which helps an individual to perform to its fullest potential, but when this pressure exceeds more than one’s capability to deal with, that’s when it starts to possess danger in certain ways.
Anxiety causes a constant pattern of negative thinking which results in emotional and physical detachments and causes an individual to be absent-minded in their real lives. Anxiety causes the uneasy and uncomfortable feeling in the body which affects one’s mood in their daily lives. For so many people anxiety is not a big health issue but for some people, it becomes a chronic state of mind. An individual remains in constant pressure and finds it difficult to perform and get back in the functional interaction with the world. Anxiety is a health disorder where one feels constant worry, fear which is strong enough to interfere with one’s daily lives.
Causes of anxiety
The causes why an individual is feeling anxious are discussed below:
- Work stress
- Financial stress i.e., unable to meet the debts
- Emotional trauma
- Using excessive liquor or caffeine
- Stressful personal relationships
- Lack of good quality of sleep
- Worrying about maintaining the social status
8 Signs That Your Anxiety Is Getting Worse
It becomes important to know when our anxiety is getting worse as anxiety disorders are not easily diagnosed but some symptoms can be seen in a person’s mood to define when the anxiety starts affecting their normal daily lives.
These symptoms are
Insomnia or sleep issues
When a person is in stress or anxious, he constantly worries about the things and he finds it unable to fall asleep. Some people may develop the habit of having bad nightmares and restlessness in sleep. And when it becomes a daily habit to constantly worry about the things at night it is a sign that your anxiety is getting worse because it causes irritation and negativity.
Lower productivity Level
Anxiety causes disturbance in the mental peace, and most of the time a person feels nervous which decreases their motivational level and hence results in lower productivity levels. Their lack of motivation makes them feel that their genuine efforts are not appreciated. Suddenly an excellent performer finds himself difficult to perform to his best potential which is a sign that your anxiety is getting worse.
Increasing conflicts in relationships
Anxiety causes an increase in conflicts in relationships. Anxiety causes frustration in the mood which affects the harmony in the relationship with working groups and family members. The anxious person, due to their discomfort, can become pessimistic, avoid social gatherings. They may seem more surrounded by the problems, which makes them less patient and less tolerant of the simple problems in relationships. Conflict in relationships is adding up to the problems and hence making your anxiety worst.
Difficulty in Concentration
When a person feels anxious he thinks so fast that he rarely has the time to focus on just one thing, and when your anxiety starts getting worst it causes the mental chaos of the worries which gets in the way and making it difficult to focus on the task which is on the priority list.
Increasing Physical health issues
In excessive cases of anxiety, the basic physical health issues become major health problems and only seem to get worse if not timely treated, creating a vicious cycle. Upset stomach, headache, increasing heart palpitations, numbness, dizziness, and shortness of breath are among the most common consequences of anxiety, and when they become excessive, they can significantly affect daily life giving rise to major problems like hypertension, obesity, etc.
The need for isolation
People dealing with Anxiety Disorders avoid social gatherings and events. The feeling of nervousness or the fear of being around people makes them feel more anxious. Usually, they avoid being in public places, being in crowded areas, and also fear to be outside of the home alone. They prefer being in their own space and avoid talking as much as they do before.
Constant Worrying Habits or Overthinking
Anxious people develop unusual scenarios in the mind by constantly thinking about the situations and the things which have not happened yet and develop unrealistic thought patterns. They feel the need to be reassured that everything is perfectly fine and will happen for good. They find themselves unable to deal with the little amount of stress which is a sign that their anxiety is getting worse.
Anxious people might develop the feeling of thinking negatively all the time, they develop the fear of self-doubt, failure, low self-esteem and find themselves unable to take any decision, they develop the mindset that the things will get worse and won’t get any better. Their lack of self-confidence makes their anxiety worse.
Anxiety may lead to unusual behavioral patterns like nervousness, shyness, isolationist behavior. Mostly People dealing with anxiety skip social events and gatherings. Anxiety disorders can be treated with normal lifestyle changes which are helpful in relieving the stress.
These include identifying and learning to cope up with your triggers, getting a good quality of sleep, daily meditation, staying fit and active, maintaining a balanced diet, avoiding smoking and drinking, finding the right support, being in the present moment, writing a journal, being with positive people and reading positive affirmations, feeling gratitude about what you have helps to think less about future situations and hence help you cope up with the things and situations that make you feel anxious.