No matter who you are or even how confident of a person you might be, there has been and will be a time where you will feel some sort of anxiety in your life. Whether it’s just a case of the nervous jitters over a speech you might have to make or that panic you feel before you have to take a test. Anxiety is simply a normal human emotion. Some people though, can suffer from what is called an anxiety disorder and this can cause problems in their lives. When a person has abnormal anxiety it can begin to interfere with their daily lives and can even make them to try and avoid certain things that seem to upset them or make them nervous. There is a way in which you can figure out whether or not your anxiety is normal or abnormal.
One of the most important things you need to do is to try and do is to identify when you are feeling anxious and why you are feeling this way. You should start keeping a journal so you can jot down all the times you start feeling nervous and what triggered it.
You might want to also try some lifestyle changes to see if this might help you with your anxiety. You should try and get rid of any kind of stress that seems to be completely unnecessary in your life and then take some time to just relax or go hand out with friends. Make sure that your diet is healthy and start doing some sort of exercising if you aren’t already doing this. If you start doing these simple things you will want to see if the anxiety lessens. If you are experiencing normal anxiety, these kind of changes should help to make it go away. However, if the anxiety is abnormal none of these changes may help and you may get anxious for no definable reason.
While you journal your anxiety you should also begin rating it and how much it might be interfering with your life. Take note to see if you are trying to avoid certain places you use to love to go to, or if you stopped doing things you always use to enjoy to do because now it makes you too nervous. All of this could mean that you have abnormal anxiety.
In your journal you should also indicate any physical things that might show up when you become anxious as well. If you notice lots of muscle tension, stress, bad headaches as well as insomnia then this too could be indicators that you are experiencing abnormal anxiety.
You can also go online and take tests that will help you to identify the many different symptoms there are with regards to anxiety disorder. This is not meant to be a self diagnoses just a way in which you can better understand the situation and then take this information to your doctor.
After you have done all of this and you suspect that your anxiety might be abnormal it’s then a good idea to either go see your personal doctor or try to get in to see a counselor so you can talk about the anxiety that you are experiencing.