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Harmful effects of anxiety and how to avoid it

Anxieties are mental and emotional reactions to circumstances which are either known or unknown. A natural response to stress bears features which are manifested psychologically and physically.  For many reasons, anxieties are healthy. One of these is that anxiety helps the individual to prepare in confronting the crisis and puts his body at alert. However, mismanaged and long-term anxieties can cause many aspects of the person to suffer as well.


Medical Conditions

Anxieties can take toll on the individual’s physical health. Medical problems may arise if the person has been dealing with anxiety ineffectively and for a long time. Some of these conditions can be just outcomes of the predisposing factors such as family, medical history, and lifestyles.

  • Respiratory Disorders

Respiratory disorders such as asthma and other chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases    are often observed among individuals who easily get anxious. In fact, diagnosed COPD patients’ hospitalizations are result of severe distress and anxieties. When anxious, the body secretes chemical messengers that signal stress, which in turn causes airway constriction and reduces airflow in the lungs.

  • Cardiovascular Disease

Several studies revealed that one of the major causes of heart conditions and other coronary events is anxiety. Panic attack, which is considered as the highest level of anxiety, can triple the possibility   of heart attacks. The heart is a highly-vascular organ, with which the vessels are highly irritable to stress. Depleted blood supply to the heart leads to such emergency situations.

Behavioral Changes

There are behaviors that can be observed from the people during stressful situations, which are not usually present. This is attributed to the effect of anxiety to the behaviors. Some are listed below;

  • Moping

Moping is typical behavior of a person who is anxious. It is the desire of the person to be alone and collect thoughts for a while. Dealing with anxiety without others trying to offer help and support might just be a good way to deal with anxiety. Moreover, it can be observed among people who rather stay inside bedroom than do other fun activities.

  • Compulsions

Compulsions may be associated with obsession. However, most of these instances are brought about by fear and anxieties. For example, the person is anxious about acquiring diseases form germs tends to wash hands more frequently than recommended. Compulsive actions help the person to be pre-occupied with other matters, and temporarily get rid of their anxiety-producing thoughts. Anxious individuals might be observed with actions such as closing the doors repeatedly, turning the switch on and off every 5 minutes, and many others.aniexty work

Work and Productivity Issues

Anxieties which are not dealt with properly can bring about certain issues with work. Individual who are anxious experience counterproductive symptoms such as loss of appetite, lack of sleep and loss of interest to work and feels unexcited in performing daily activities. Employees may know that anxiety has already gotten its way too much when these signs are already present.

  1. Health issues
  2. Work complaints
  3. Frequent Absenteeism
  4. Tardiness
  5. Low morale and dissatisfied with work
  6. Low Productivity

Flawed Social Skills

Experts suggest that unmanaged anxiety can control how the person responds to others. Worrying has the ability to interfere with social relationships. Individuals who have clinical anxiety disorders actually assign close relations such as family and friends at the top of their list of worries. They might be observed to be cold, non-assertive and sometimes intrusive. Thus, social relationships suffer not because of anxiety, but because of how it is expressed.

People who are suffering from severe and chronic anxiety must first understand the nature of their anxieties. Then, they must assess themselves and their best coping mechanisms that can help them channel their worries to more productive and socially beneficial activities. Finally, deal with the situation at hand using the carefully laid plans and the little tug of anxiety, which makes the experience worthwhile.