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What to Do When Anxiety Affects Concentration

What to Do When Anxiety Affects Concentration

Is anxiety affecting your concentration? The inability to concentrate is a challenging anxiety symptom that affects many. Here are some ideas to get past it.

Is anxiety affecting your concentration? If you suffer from anxiety, you likely know that a common anxiety symptom is difficulty in concentration. Anxiety can send us into a true tailspin of disruptive and irrational thinking that can affect our ability to focus.

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5 Ways to Ease Seasonal Anxiety Naturally

5 Ways to Ease Seasonal Anxiety Naturally

You can manage seasonal anxiety naturally, without medication in many cases. Learn how to ease seasonal anxiety naturally with these simple tips.

I experience seasonal anxiety, so naturally I expect it–but never as soon as it appears. Today I peered out the window, and there it was. A wave of anxiety rolled through my body. It was a familiar jolt that reacted to a common anxiety trigger—a cold, blustery day with a sky darker than my favorite charcoal gray t-shirt. Autumn is here and winter is coming. Naturally, seasonal anxiety is too.

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Self-Care for the After-Effects of a Panic Attack

Self-Care for the After-Effects of a Panic Attack

The after-effects of a panic attack often include increased general anxiety. Here are three ways to use self-care to calm the after-effects of a panic attack.The after-effects of a panic attack rarely include immediate relief. Living with severe anxiety and panic disorder means remaining constantly vigilant – of ordinary events, special events, people and our anxiety disorder itself. We worry and we watch, wanting to control what we can and, at least, predict the rest. That’s partly what makes a panic attack so difficult to experience. When the panic attack ends, the after-effects of a panic attack begin.

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Manage Anxiety with Food: What We Should and Shouldn’t Eat

Manage Anxiety with Food: What We Should and Shouldn’t Eat

Foods can help manage anxiety or increase anxiety. Here are some foods that manage anxiety symptoms and your mental health in general. What to eat? Read this.

It makes sense for anxious people to manage anxiety with food–after all, we’ve all heard the saying “you are what you eat.” When it comes to mental health, knowing foods that help or hurt you is especially important. Partaking in some foods or drinks, such as alcohol, can make us anxious and depressed in the long term. Consuming others, like the ones below, can calm our minds and help manage anxiety with food.

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Irritable, Angry and Anxious: Anger Management and Anxiety

Irritable, Angry and Anxious: Anger Management and Anxiety

Did you know that being irritable and angry may be both symptoms and triggers of anxiety disorders? If you're often irritable, angry and anxious, read this.Irritability and anger can be related to anxiety. When we think of anxiety, most of us think of worry and fear. Occasionally, we may think of compulsions and obsessions, but few of us think of irritability and anger. These last two anxiety symptoms, however, are often just as distressing as the others. In fact, for some people, irritability and anger may be the most troubling symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

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How to Minimize Dating Anxiety

How to Minimize Dating Anxiety

How can you minimize dating anxiety? Could you really enjoy dating, feeling excited instead of anxious? Here's a simple change that will help. Read now.

Dating is awkward and many feel anxiety about dating. Throw some clinical anxiety into the mix and you’ve got a disaster on your hands. But you can minimize anxiety about dating.

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The Anxious Empath: Anxiety And Other People’s Feelings

The Anxious Empath: Anxiety And Other People’s Feelings

Are you an anxious empath? Learn why so many empaths are anxious and what to do about empathy, anxiety and internalizing other people's feelings. Read this.

Empaths are often anxious. Empathy is described as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. All humans have the ability to empathize in moments of tragedy, even if they have not experienced a similar situation. However, empathy is an innate trait that is more acutely developed in certain members of the population (Intense Anxiety And The Highly Sensitive Person). Empaths are individuals who are unconsciously affected by other people’s moods, desires, thoughts, and energies. They can, literally, feel the emotions of others in their bodies and attempt to carry these emotions on their shoulders without ever being asked. It’s for this reason that there are often anxious empaths.

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Why Anxiety Makes You Feel Stupid and Like a Failure

Why Anxiety Makes You Feel Stupid and Like a Failure

Do you wonder why anxiety makes you feel stupid and like a failure? Learn why anxiety can make you feel worthless, and what you can do to fight back. Read this.

Does your anxiety ever make you feel like a failure? Does it ever make you feel stupid? A reader’s comment on my post, Top 10 Anxiety-Friendly Jobs really got me thinking about this issue. They indicated that anxiety at work had caused them to exhibit some of the common signs of low self-esteem, including difficulty holding down a job, and becoming easily confused and forgetful. Because I’ve struggled mightily with these same issues at work, it also got me thinking about other reasons why anxiety makes you feel stupid and like a failure.

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How to Escape the Hell of Perfectionist Paralysis

How to Escape the Hell of Perfectionist Paralysis

As people with anxiety, it’s easy for us to succumb to the idea that everything we do has to be perfect. Think about it. It makes sense. If you believe, as I often do, that you’re a failure, that people just generally don’t like you, and that you’re basically incapable of doing anything right, then why wouldn’t you become a perfectionist? It’s an understandable, albeit maladaptive, response to feelings of fear, loneliness, and alienation. But, there are three big problems with trying to be perfect: it’s impossible, it paralyzes you, and it makes your life a living hell. Here’s how to escape the hell of perfectionistic paralysis.

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Why Does Anxiety Disorder Make You So Tired?

Why Does Anxiety Disorder Make You So Tired?

Anxiety disorder is a complex beast that affects more than just your emotions. It’s seen primarily as an mood disorder, and while that is certainly true, anxiety has a strong mental and physiological component as well. This week, we’ll explore one of the questions everyone with anxiety has asked themselves at some point: why does anxiety disorder make you so tired?

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