Have you ever walked into a room feeling uneasy and unsure about how you look? This sensation you might have discerned is called self-consciousness and anxiety.
The term self-consciousness is defined as the undue awareness of oneself, one’s appearance, or one’s actions. While anxiety is referred to as the feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome and which can get worse over time. Both of these customarily occurs alongside with each other.
On most social occasions or even in other settings, people who are self-conscious and experience anxiety will feel as if every individual breathing in the room is critically scrutinizing them. They’ll be too preoccupied with themselves and this hinders them from procuring any sort of enjoyment. It’s hard for them to engage in social interactions since they’ll believe that they’re being carefully judged, whether it may be their simplest movements or how they look. The outside world is not the only thing they’re conscious of, but rather also of their own bodies, faces, and actions. Discomfort and fear will run through the blood of their veins. Resulting to them overthinking every single gesture that they execute. And they always expect for the worse possible scenario to transpire. They tend to miss out on opportunities, new experiences or events because of this. Also, they’re likely to have a low self-esteem and often keep to themselves.
If one excessively experiences anxiety, it can usually lead to an anxiety disorder. Some common signs and symptoms to identify if you have developed this certain disorder include excessive ongoing worry and tension, an unrealistic view of problems, restlessness, and a feeling of being edgy, irritability, headaches, muscle tension, muscle aches, sweating, concentration problems, nausea, frequent visits to the toilet, tiredness, fidgeting, trouble falling or staying asleep, trembling, being easily startled, numbness in hands and feet, difficulty swallowing, breathing problems, twitching, hot flashes, and rashes.
With anxiety, also comes a series of effects such as the inability to fulfill responsibilities at home, work, or school, sleep disorders, family and marital problems, difficulty carrying out daily activities, inability to do things quickly or accurately, inability to interact normally with others, agoraphobia, feeling unable to do anything to make things better, loss of self-esteem due to feelings of helplessness/hopelessness, loss of motivation, self-injury, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
To overcome these problems, one can try applying various techniques like breathing deeply. When you get anxious, your breathing quickens, which reduces the amount of oxygen your brain gets. Therefore, by taking deep breaths, more oxygen will flow into your brain thus calming your senses and lessening your chances at feeling nauseous or dizzy. Taking some time to exercise is also a great way to seek relief, it helps in regulating the body. It’ll aid the person in releasing muscle tension and many more.
Another anxiety reliever is to meditate or pray. Since meditation is a way to detach oneself from the world around him or her, this is a substantial method to minimize the bothersome feeling of worry and dread. It lessens one’s concern of the possibility that something bad or unfavorable might happen. Praying also gives the feeling of reassurance as if you are anchored to God’s grace and that the odds will be on your favor.
It’s also important to keep a healthy diet, a healthy body is consistently beneficial. If none of these have been observably effective, trying an herbal remedy is also worth considering. There are plenty that is sold in today’s market. And remember that if all else fails, visiting a therapist is always a good option. Seeking help from another person is unfailingly a wise recommendation.
Having another person—whether it may be a friend or a professional figure—to be there for you and help you in battling your anxiety is definitely very therapeutic. For instance, if you ever feel anxious, try writing down all the ‘what ifs’ that are infinitely circling your mind like a mosquito who never shows any signs of giving up in attempting to get a sip of your blood. And when you’re done writing all of them, have your friend cross out the situations that seem too far-fetched and the chances of it ever occurring is highly unlikely.
The exact cause has not been fully known and is yet to be studied. Though some anxieties are caused by a traumatic experience, the origins of other anxieties still remain unknown. Many of people are trying hard to withstand self-consciousness and anxiety. So just remember that whatever happens, happens. Life is short and, in the end, nothing really matters.

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