With the cold and flu season taking over, Claire from Anxious Freedom is discussing the differences between anxiety and the flu, and what it means for your mental health. Disclaimer: This article does not apply to those suffering from major depressive episodes which can be just as debilitating as the flu itself with exact symptoms. This is for those, like me, who suffer from phobias and generalized anxiety and panic disorder. This is also not medical advice, just a post coming from someone who has had trouble in the past finding the difference between anxiety and a cold or the flu. If you have a fever along with any of the flu symptoms, please seek medical attention. Anxiety IS a sickness (even though it’s considered mental) and can have so many different effects on our body varying by each individual. With millions suffering from a mental health disorder, we know first-hand how it can manifest throughout our entire body (i.e. headaches, nausea, stomach aches, etc.) With cold and flu season running rampant, how do we distinguish between anxiety and the flu or a cold? We know that the two can be intertwined, and yes, anxiety does diminish our immune system, […]
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Growing up with anxiety was no easy feat. As a young girl, I was always known for being courteous, kind and understanding of everyone, always finding the good in everything, with an extra dose of speaking before thinking. While I have yet to figure out the latter, there was a time in life when I lost all the kindness in my soul. In fact, I eventually died in every way imaginable. After struggling and growing up with anxiety since I was 7, I guess it was bound to happen… This is my story. *** As a child, I used to make masks without the cut-out-holes for the eyes and walk around with my ears plugged just so I could understand what blind and deaf people felt like. I would leave one arm outside of its sleeve, just so I could understand what it was like to live with only one. I would defend the underdogs and even stuck up for a blind kid on the playground when the school bully stole all of his pogs and all the other kids said nothing at all. While everyone was running wild in the summer, I was begging my parents to put an […]
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For people who struggle with various forms of anxiety, there is a new all-natural hope on the horizon. In the last couple of years, both the scientific community and the general public have gotten more acquainted with cannabidiol than ever before. Cannabidiol (or in short CBD), is a complex compound found in all varieties of the cannabis plant, and even in the industrial hemp plant (where it’s mostly extracted from), which has only trace-amounts of the psychoactive cannabinoid THC. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC), CBD is completely and utterly non mind-altering, which basically means that it cannot induce any kind of mental sensations, and the only feeling you get from it are the medical benefits it induces. But more on all that a bit later on. Reputable manufacturers of CBD usually extract this cannabinoid from the industrial hemp plant (which is mostly used for the production of fabric and rope), and because a proper CBD-oil product can have only less than 0.3% of THC in it, this ensures that the customer is absolutely safe from any effects of THC, and at the same time this low level of THC is the reason CBD-based products are totally legal across the world. So […]
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It’s hard to heal from anxiety if you don’t know what’s going on. That’s why we often preach the importance of reading various self help books to help you overcome. In fact, we believe in self help books for anxiety so much that we even include them within our anxiety subscription boxes. However, when you don’t have someone picking out the book for you, it can seem impossible to know where to start. So, we’ve created a list of our most effective self help books for anxiety. Important of Self Help Books for Anxiety Before we get into the various self help books for anxiety, it’s important to know why you should read them. We like to say that these self help books are like seeing different therapists and learning their unique approach to beating anxiety, for a fraction of the price of actually going to see the doctors. By reading different types of anxiety books, you’ll be receiving different techniques, tips and perspectives to coping, managing and living with this mental illness. Since every doctor is different, so is every self help book for anxiety. Some books might resonate with you better than others but you simply won’t know until you […]
Just when you think you’re doing everything you possibly can to overcome your anxiety, you find yourself having a full-blow anxiety attack. It’s common to think that you’re following your therapists’ instruction precisely, executing what you’ve learned in your anxiety self-help books and facing your fears every day, but what’s even more common are these 5 mistakes people with anxiety make. 5 Mistakes People With Anxiety Make Now, in no way is anyone perfect but the key to overcoming anxiety is to practice self-awareness, so that you know when you are doing things that can hinder your healing. More importantly, so you can correct your thought patterns and behaviours. 1. Spending Too Much Time on Social Media Social media is simply bad news for everyone but even more so for people with anxiety. We recently shared a post on our Anxiety Gone Instagram that said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” And what do you do on social media? You read people’s statuses, watch their videos and look at photos of everyone else’s “amazing life”, only to then compare it to your own. Often times, people with anxiety do this without even recognizing it, which is why self-awareness is so important. It’s imperative to […]
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