Signs and symptoms of Heart Disease are not always easy to detect.
Sometimes it is a Stress and Anxiety attack but are they all related and you can help yourself?
Pain in your chest, pain in your neck, left arm pins and needles all the way down to your fingers. You are having a heart attack!!!!!!! You start to panic, what will you do, what can you do, the pain is getting worse, the symptoms are getting worse. You decide to go to the ER after hours of tests, prodding and doctors opinions you find out that all you have is STRESS. You are so relieved you are not having a heart attack……Doctor says, take it easy, manage your stress, take some time off. You ignore all of this because you are NOT having a heart attack.
What is Anxiety?
Some symptoms can be different depending on the person but some of the signs are:
- Racing and unwanted thoughts
- excessive worry
- Rapid Heart Beats
What is Stress?
Symptoms of stress can be very similar to anxiety, there are other stress factors that can be easily eliminated such as social and environmental.
- Low energy
- Frequently getting ill – colds etc
- Rapid Heart Beats
How can you help yourself?
The obvious answer is to stop worrying and take all the stress out of your life. Easier said than done. In my experience with my clients, it is impossible to just stop – you need some tools to help and you also need an understanding of what is going on in your body.
When your body is in a stress or anxious state this it will then go into a flight or fight response. This means that certain parts of your body do not function at 100%, for example, your digestive system. Dr. Bruce Lipton Ph.D. explains this exactly in his book The Biology of Belief where he explains how the Amygdala in the brain gets stuck and to de-stress this needs to get unstuck.
There are quite a few ways for you to release this emotional stress on your brain and your body you can do this yourself but in a lot of cases seeking a professional can be the best option.
Examples of how you can help yourself.
These suggestions are all well and good but there are practical things which also need to be looked at:
- Living accommodations
- Health Issues
Making a list of the things that cause you stress and anxiety is the first thing to start you off. Once the list is made you can then start an action plan to see the areas in your life you have to work on, whether this is emotional, physical, environmental etc.
I find making a list of things causes you to have fewer things going on in your mind and therefore clears it up for some more positive thoughts.
You have heard all this before, surround yourself with positive people, get rid of negative people in your life. This is very true, but, not always a practical solution. You can, however, manage your response to negative people and events in your life. How you feel about things, stress, worry or get anxious is a choice you are making. Yes, I know this is hard to believe but if you know you are making a choice of how you feel when you can choose to feel better. This is where mindful thinking comes into play. You can change what is going on in your mind, there is a positive voice and a negative voice. The one you listen to the most is the one who will make the choice regarding how you feel, react and act.
- Listen to positive music
- Read positive books, blogs and articles
- Watch positive videos and shows
- turn off the news
- put current social events into perspective
- limit time on social media platforms
Most of all recognize what makes you anxious or stressful the most and focus on changing whatever that is.
Symptoms of anxiety and stress can feel like a heart attack, always get it checked out by a medical practitioner and when they let you know that it is stress related then please take this as a warning that your stress and anxiety levels are very high and your body is functioning in a flight or flight response all the time.
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