Everyone experiences anxiety at some point, due to the fear of the unknown or certain life stresses.
 
For some, anxiety can be much more severe. 
 
Dr. Nicholas Mitchell, senior medical director of the Alberta Mental Health Provincial Team identified some common anxiety triggers like worrying about the well-being of loved ones, health or finances. 
 
Recognizing anxiety-causing patterns help anticipate situations, allowing a person to be better prepared to cope.
 
"Symptoms associated with anxiety are feeling nervous, tense or restless inside," explained Mitchell. "Sometimes there are physical sensations like having your heart race, breathing fast, getting sweaty, flushed or having tremors and starting to shake."
 
There seems to be a relationship between sleep and anxiety. When a lack of sleep exists, coping with daily stress becomes more difficult. Those suffering from anxiety may have more trouble falling asleep with the mind running at night, which creates a cycle that isn't easy to break.
 
The advice for coping with anxiety is much like the strategies for staying healthy. Some tips include maintaining a proper diet, exercising regularly and limiting alcohol and caffeine intake, especially close to bedtime. 
 
In addition, Mitchell said good coping strategies include talking it out with someone you trust or relaxation techniques like breathing and meditation.
 
"A normal part of being human is feeling anxious from time to time. We worry about anxiety when it starts to really impact function and you can't work or if it's impacting your relationships, then it might be time to talk to your doctor or seek help from a mental health specialist or clinic," added Mitchell.
 
More helpful information on anxiety can be found on My Health Alberta.

 

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