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Anxiety is a feeling that all humans experience at certain times in our lives. We all experience several types of emotions that are either positive or negative. The negative emotions we feel are emotions such as anger, fear and apprehension. But at times these emotions get out of hand and occur without any triggering factor, even to the extent of disrupting our day to day activities and causing harm to our healthy. These are one of the effects of anxiety that we need to be weary of.

Anxiety has long term effects that will really cause a lot of harm to the sufferer but before mentioning the effects of anxiety, let’s look at the anxiety disorder symptoms. Anxiety disorder is psychological condition and like many other psychological problems, it is a little hard to diagnose, because many of its symptoms are normal human responses. The only difference is that these responses occur without any trigger factor.

Some of the signs of anxiety include:

„X Chest pain
„X Irritability
„X Fatigue and exhaustion
„X The inability to calm down
„X Sleeplessness
„X Nausea
„X in a constant state of anxiety
„X indigestion
„X breathlessness
„X headaches
„X unable to concentrate
The long term effects of anxiety are:

„X Prolonged anxiety can cause toxic levels of adrenalin in the blood and acids in the stomach
„X Ulcers
„X Hypertension
„X Heart attack
„X Stroke
„X Depression
„X Immune system can become weakened
„X Insomnia
„X Shortens life span

Other physical effects of anxiety attacks are:

„X Decrease in salivation which results in dry mouth
„X Decreased activity in the stomach, this often leads to nausea, constipation etc
„X Muscle group tense up (getting ready for a flight or fight) and this might lead to aches and pains.

Are you about to feel the effects of anxiety? Here are some home remedies to help you treat anxiety:

1) Drink a lot of water when you start to feel stressed out or if you do not feel like drinking water, a cup of tea will not do you any harm (emphasis on tea not coffee)

2) Learn meditation and or yoga techniques, these exercises will help calm your mind, body and spirit. If you do not have the time to learn these techniques simply close your eyes and breathe deeply - If you feel that you are beginning to get an anxiety attack close your eyes and breathe.

3) Do not forget to take your vitamins! - Do you know that vitamin deficiencies (especially vitamin B) can trigger an anxiety attack? Take daily vitamin supplements.

4) Move It! - A daily workout will definitely help you calm down because a good physical exertion helps to fight off anxiety and also helps your body to produce certain feel good chemicals that instantly calms you and make you feel very good.

5) Take a nice warm bath – if you feel an anxiety attack coming on simply go to the bathroom and take a nice shower or a long warm bath. You will feel refreshed and calm.