Most of us are aware of how it feels when we start having palpitations, sweaty hands, uncontrollably fast breathing, panic attacks, and dark thoughts. This is called anxiety – our body’s natural response to stress. Unfortunately, the society that we are living in does not recognize the consequences caused by stress and anxiety and rather label psychological problems as useless, non-existing, inconsequential, and in-significant. Alone in the United Arab Emirates, ‘’Anxiety and Stress is taking a toll on the majority of UAE workforce. However, mental health issues related to work have spiked and will likely get worse” – Oracle Study.
A renowned Psychologist, Dr. Dolly Habbal stated that: ‘’80% of the people in the UAE are stressed”.

Dr. Rasha Abbas consultant psychiatrist and medical director at Camali Clinic for Child and Adult Mental Health, Abu Dhabi, said, ‘’It is worrisome how these conditions can be witnessed in youth, including school-age children’’.

Anxiety can be triggered by even a very small or extremely big reason. It can be triggered due to your first day at a new job, meeting new people, or giving a presentation in front of people. Everyone has different triggers. However, identifying your triggers is one of the most important steps to coping with and managing anxiety or stress.
There are things you can do to try to help calm, tackle or quiet your anxiety from taking over. These include:

  • Practice Focused, Deep Breathing: Try to find a comfortable and quiet place even at the comfort of your home or any place where you can be alone and safe. Try breathing in for 4 counts and breathing put for 4 counts for 5 minutes total. By repeating this, you will see a clear difference in the slowing down of your heart rate which will help you calm down.
  • Use Aromatherapy: Whether they’re in oil form, incense, or a candle, scents like lavender, chamomile, and sandalwood can be very soothing. Aromatherapy is thought to help activate certain receptors in your brain, potentially easing anxiety.
  • Go for a walk or do 15 minutes of Yoga every day: Sometimes, going for a walk alone can relatively decrease the levels of stress in your body, and taking some time to focus on your body and not your mind may help relieve your anxiety.
  • Write down your thoughts: Writing down your thinking on paper getting them out of your head can make your anxiety a lot better and can leave your mind relaxed.
  • Try supplements or change your diet: Making changes to your diet or taking supplements is a long-term strategy. Research shows certain supplements or nutrients can help anxiety reduction.
    These include:

    • lemon balm
    • omega-3 fatty acids
    • ashwagandha
    • green tea
    • valerian root
    • kava kava
    • dark chocolate (in moderation)
  • Listen to Music: Whenever you feel anxious and stressed, try listening to some music, as the studies have shown that listening to music may reduce your stress levels.
  • Participate in regular physical activities: Participating in daily activity through exercise or sports can help reduce the effects of stress. Encourage your child to join a sport or activity, or exercise as a family in the evenings.
  • Share your thoughts and feelings: The best way to cope with anxiety and stress is to share your deep-felt emotions and feeling with a trusted friend, partner, or family member. Sharing your thoughts and feelings with someone can reduce your stress and can make you feel better and relaxed.
  • Practice Daily Self Care: Keep yourself and your surroundings clean and tidy. Fuel yourself with healthy food and most importantly, keep yourself hydrated. This will result in positivity and calmness.
  • Seek Professional Help: If the symptoms of anxiety and stress levels are getting worse then it is time to seek professional help from a therapist. He/she will prescribe your medications and other treatments to help your anxiety

    One thing that should be kept in mind is that psychological problems or disorders are not something to be ashamed of. Psychological illness is just like a physical illness and should be acknowledged and treated with the same attitude and dedication. There is nothing wrong with seeking professional help from a specialist. It should be taken as an illness that could affect your quality of life. If such problems are left untreated, they will harm your body and mind in a bad way. Speak up, share your problems, and do not suffer in silence.

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