What Causes Anxiety in the Brain? How to Deal with it Better for Your Relationship.
It's like one day everything’s great, and the next day anxiety got you feeling like there’s impending doom; the impulses that tell you your partner can reject or leave when you "mess up" or "fail."
This can make you feel anxious to the point where your brain floods with anxiety symptoms like fear response instead of a rational one.
It helps to understand the different types of anxiety disorders and narrow down your specific anxiety disorders and symptoms, making it easier to deal with the things that trigger anxiety.
How many types of anxiety disorders are there? 🧐
People with anxiety disorders tend to experience chronic stress and may have lived with anxiety disorder symptoms throughout their childhood.
And some of us are just genetically predisposed to anxiety disorders.
This means genetic and environmental factors are influenced, and people in our family history experienced the same anxiety disorder.
This can impact the nervous system and physical health - like increased risk of stress hormones or physical illness like irritable bowel syndrome.
👉🏽 Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
Generalized anxiety disorder is when you experience underlying anxiety throughout the day - there's difficulty concentrating, and you're pretty much restless and anxious at any given point.
👉🏽 Social anxiety disorder
SAD is when social situations cause intense fear - leading you to avoid social events out of social phobia.
This can spill into your relationship, where these mental symptoms of overthinking and overwhelming worry rob you of the present moment.
👉🏽 Panic disorder
Panic disorder is when our negative thought processes can lead to breathlessness and chest pain, causing panic attacks.
These thoughts may have stemmed from past traumatic events that convince you it will happen again.
👉🏽 Post-traumatic stress disorder
Maybe a past event or circumstance relating to you and your partner was traumatic that the thought of it can still make you anxious to the point of a panic attack.
This can be indicative of your anxiety disorder stemming from PTSD symptoms.
How can we deal with these physical symptoms better? 🤔
🧘🏽♂️ Habits to counter anxiousness
Habits can either make or break any kind of mental health condition.
This means our habits decide the extent of the impact of our anxiety disorders.
Some practices that can counter anxiety and its symptoms are journaling, a sleep-wake routine, quiet time, limited caffeine intake, positive affirmations, etc.
👓 Change the lens
Another way is to focus on moments that do not add to your anxiety.
They can be anything from going to lunch to just catching up with a friend or hanging with your partner and having pizzas.
These are the moments that feel like tiny breaks from the anxiety in our minds.
💆🏼♂️ Healthy distraction
It can be anything to ease your mind from the present stressors.
From a quick jog to coloring or sketching, indulge in little activities to help to recenter your thoughts.
Let being guide you through this - Check out guided sessions to help practice deep breathing and positive self-talk: I see my anxiety taking hold of me.
To wrap it up 🥰
Relationships can be complex.
But know that things will always turn out fine with time and patience.
Let your partner in on how things trigger your anxiety and how they manifest for you specifically.
If you're looking for ways to learn and cope with this in the interim, there's being - with their mini guided sessions designed by specialists; you now have a healthy distraction to keep anxiety at bay!
You got this!
To read more on anxiety disorders, check: What is High Functioning Anxiety?
This is not a substitute for therapy. Consult your nearest wellness professionals that have experience with anxious patients, healthcare provider, or professional for behavioral therapy or a treatment plan with anti-anxiety medication for your anxiety disorders or any mental illness like generalized anxiety disorder or other mental health conditions like major depressive disorder.