Anxiety can be described as a feeling of unease, nervousness and worry, and can sometimes escalate to a nervous disorder when these feelings become excessive with compulsive behaviour or panic attacks.
Here’s why you may be experiencing anxiety and how to manage it.
Thinking about work first thing in the morning
A big part of anxiety and stress is work-related. According to Sadag, some of the questions that can create a surge of anxiety from the moment you wake up are, “What sort of progress am I making at work?”, “How do I get on with my superiors?”, “How am I going to deal with any conflict that I’m faced with today?”
Sadag suggests that if you aren’t happy about something or if you’re involved in some sort of conflict then you should contact the human resources (HR) department and speak up. Also, approach the person you’re having an issue with – in a non-confrontational way – to find out what the real issue is and sort it out from there.
Traffic is another big contributor to stress. While this might sound trite, Sadag says that for some people, facing that early morning traffic can induce prolonged stress throughout the day.
“Either find a new way to get to work, leave half an hour earlier or park your car somewhere and take public transport if traffic is a nightmare to you,” the organisation advises. “Doing everything you can to avoid it can have a positive impact on your day.”
Drowning in debt and feeling like you’re only getting deeper in or not meeting your financial obligations the way you should be could be significant triggers for anxiety and stress.
Sadag says that if you’re earning a salary and experiencing all these problems, you should approach an accredited debt counsellor who will be able to help you with your debt problems.
“Debt only increases and comes at such a high price, not only for your pocket but also for your health. One has to find a way to settle it,” they say.
Pressure from friends and family
This could include loved ones who are involving you in their problems, so much so that you constantly have to intervene. It could be your sister who’s asking you to help with an issue she’s having with her husband or two feuding friends who want you to intercede.
While it’s all good and well to be supportive and help out, sometimes it can become overwhelming and stressful – this is where you have to draw the line and put your health first.
When it gets to this point, always try to get the two parties together to talk it out. If this doesn’t work, detach yourself from the situation and suggest they see a counsellor.
“This can put too much unnecessary pressure on you. There are counsellors available who are trained to deal with such issues,” Sadag says.
Social acceptance and integration
Feeling like you’re not accepted in certain spaces or among your friends can develop into an inferiority complex that can cause a lot of anxiety when you find yourself in social situations.
“Attend church groups, go to socials, look for book clubs or start going to gym,” Sadag suggests. “Put yourself in social situations where you don’t necessarily need to socialise one on one with people, but where you can integrate and find somebody who will accept you and boost your confidence.”