Are you ready to ring in the holidays? Or does the thought of shopping, entertaining or attending busy events bring you closer to a panic attack? Greening up your home and lifestyle can have a positive impact on your body’s ability to manage stress, but you have to be intentional and make good choices.
The holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Years can be the most wonderful time of the year for many, but to those struggling financially, spiritually, emotionally or physically, it can be another source of added Stress, Panic Attacks and potential Anxiety. For many, anxiety is a short term consequence of making poor lifestyle choices and committing to doing more than you can accomplish at home and work. For others, these are real disorders and can be debilitating when symptoms continue for 6 months or more without relief after modifying your lifestyle. Regardless of what the root of your anxious problems are: chronic illness, remembering the death of a loved one, or just getting caught up in the hype of marketing and overscheduling, there are many things you can do to promote some peace and calm in your life this season.
The symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks are a little different,
- Panic attacks may include: sudden overwhelming fear, sweating, shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, fear of dying, trembling, heart palpitations.
- Anxiety symptoms: restlessness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability, sleep disturbances, muscle tension.
- Depression symptoms vary, but often include: fatigue every day, feelings of worthlessness, thoughts of death or suicide, difficulty concentration, loss of enjoyment in every day life, especially interests that were pleasurable in the past, insomnia and restlessness.