Everyone experiences anxiety sometimes. Butterflies in the stomach, heaviness in the chest, shortness of breath, shaking and sweating, or even fainting, are all familiar to more people than you might think. If anxiety has long been a part of one’s life, it’s likely to experience stiff shoulders, various aches, sleep deprivation, or other ailments.

Fear and anxiety are important indicators, to which we should pay close attention. They raise our awareness, whenever there is something outside or inside of us that we need to relate to.

If anxiety has become a permanent part of your life, it might have drained your energy. Anxiety can impair concentration and weaken us physically. What is more, it may easily lead to depression or burnout.

Sometimes anxiety and fear may stem from specific circumstances. For instance, this is often the case for people who are being abused by their spouse, or employees who never seem to be able to satisfy the boss’s impossible demands. In such cases, the solution may be to find a healthier environment for yourself, by getting a divorce or a new job.

Certain types of anxiety, such as fear of spiders, elevators, or other specific objects and situations, can be treated with the help of effective programs. Almost anyone can progress quickly and get far, by helping themselves with the support of self-help literature or self-help groups. To cope with anxiety, we must challenge ourselves.

Anxiety may develop insidiously, and leave us clueless as to why we’ve started to experience it or exactly what triggers our fear response. This type of anxiety is often associated with self-doubt and leads to self-inflicted limitations.  We may stop traveling, avoid new challenges, forsake loved ones, stop working, and resist people’s attempts to help us. Although self-help materials and groups can be useful, if anxiety is allowed to develop too far, it is important to seek professional help.