Signs of the times

Cosmopolitan (Philippines) - - You, You, You -

Gen­eral anx­i­ety disor­der you are un­able to re­lax you strug­gle to con­cen­trate or your mind goes blank you feel anx­ious much of the time you can’t stop re­vis­it­ing the same wor­ries you end­lessly ex­am­ine the negative “what if” out­comes of a sit­u­a­tion you feel rest­less or on edge you feel tired you feel ir­ri­ta­ble you have mus­cle ten­sion and aches you have prob­lems fall­ing or stay­ing asleep your wor­ry­ing in­ter­feres with your daily life See your doc­tor or a psy­chol­o­gist; con­tact the Philip­pine Men­tal health As­so­ci­a­tion ( +632 921 4958) or then­atasha goul­bourn Foun­da­tion (

+63917 558 4673). ther­apy and med­i­ta­tion can help. panic at­tack you bat­tle to breathe, or breathe rapidly and shal­lowly (hy­per­ven­ti­lat­ing) your heart races you have chest pain or tight­ness you ex­pe­ri­ence a chok­ing feel­ing you feel weak, dizzy, and light­headed (from lack of oxy­gen) you have numb­ness or tin­gling sen­sa­tions you have hot or cold flushes and sweat you feel nau­seous you feel un­real, de­tached from your sur­round­ings you fear los­ing con­trol or go­ing crazy or dy­ing of a heart at­tack Con­sciously breathe slowly and deeply, and re­lax. Fo­cus on some­thing beau­ti­ful nearby— leaves on a tree, pic­tures on a wall. Be fully in the mo­ment; then let go and grasp the next with equal fo­cus. See your doc­tor for a check-up to rule out heart, blood-sugar, or thy­roid prob­lems. you may be re­ferred for psy­cho­log­i­cal treat­ment. july 2016 Cos­mopoli­tan

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