Is anxiety normal? – that may well be a valid question that you are asking yourself these days. These are unprecedented times where levels of anxiety are perhaps the highest they have ever been. So it’s natural to wonder if what you are experiencing is normal. Or is it something that can and should be avoided? In this blog post we run through some guidance and advice for you in this area. Read our post to discover whether what you are experiencing is normal or not and what you can do about it.
So what is ‘Normal’?
It’s perfectly normal to feel anxious occasionally. For example when faced with potentially harmful situations or worrying triggers. Some level of anxiety is a normal occurrence as we lead our regular lives. It’s essential to make you aware of warning signs that are required to navigate the dangers around us.
Certain symptoms that are linked to anxiety are also perfectly normal some of the time. These include a faster heartbeat, sweating, and increased sensitivity. But are you are experiencing these symptoms in relation to something specific that’s going on in your life? If yes, this may be perfectly normal. Ask yourself how long the symptoms have been going on for? If it’s been sustained over a period of weeks, then this is probably not ‘normal’.
What tends to cause Anxiety these days?
In the modern world that we live in, it’s common for our anxieties to revolve around a few fundamental things. These include areas such as work, money, family, and health.
Everyday situations like a test, speaking in public, or attending a party can also trigger a “fight or flight” response. This can create some perfectly normal levels of anxiety. Much of the time these symptoms will pass once the event is out of the way.
But what if the symptoms continue long after the event has passed? In these situations, we can attribute these feelings to an anxiety disorder.
What is an Anxiety Disorder?
People with anxiety disorders feel worry and fear constantly. If you have these feelings of distress they can severely impact your daily life.
Living with an anxiety disorder can feel crippling. But with time and proper treatment, you can learn to manage this and live a fulfilling life.
If you find yourself struggling more than usual with feelings of fear, worry, or distress, you may have an anxiety disorder. This can take a number of forms.
You may have a generalised anxiety disorder. O you may have a specific type of anxiety, like panic disorder, or social anxiety disorder.
Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders
Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms constantly over an extended period of time? If yes, it’s likely that you have an anxiety disorder. This would mean that what you are feeling is not classified as ‘normal’. It’s probably something a little more severe that needs to be addressed.
These are the specific symptoms to look out for:
- Muscle tension
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty controlling fear, worry or paranoia
- Sleep disruption (difficulty falling or staying asleep or restless, unsatisfying sleep)
- Sudden and repeated attacks of intense fear
- Fear or avoidance of places where panic has occurred
- Cold, sweaty, numb or tingling hands or feet
- Heart palpitations
Remember that it’s normal to feel some of the above symptoms from time to time. Especially when linked to a specific stressful event that’s happening in your life.
This is a normal part of everyday life. But it you are experiencing these symptoms constantly, then it’s likely to not be anxiety that would be considered ‘normal’.