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Nine Annoying Habits that Could Signal Anxiety

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Could some of  your habits be more than just your own way of doing things? For people struggling with anxiety, personal tendencies can provide an insightful look into what’s really going on inside our minds.

When Anxiety Gets the Upper Hand

While it’s completely normal to experience some anxiety as you deal with the normal stressors of life – work, family issues, or relationship woes – it is important to be aware of when anxiety is no longer a temporary state.  

Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is a mental health condition marked by ongoing and sometimes overwhelming feelings of restlessness or worry, dizziness and heart palpitations, and trouble focusing or sleeping. People living with GAD can sometimes develop problematic habits in an attempt to try and alleviate their anxiety, including:

  • Smoking
  • Skin picking and nail biting
  • Shutting down emotionally
  • Overeating
  • Procrastinating or avoidance 
  • Overuse of the phone or computer
  • Cancelling plans
  • Isolating themselves
  • Irritability and angry outbursts

What Causes Anxiety? 

GAD seems to be linked to a variety of factors. These can include genetics, over-activity in certain areas of the brain, imbalances in brain chemistry, a personal history of trauma or abuse, drug or alcohol misuse, and chronic pain. However, in some cases there seems to be no clear cause.

Anxiety can also be a symptom of other mental health conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and phobias.

Consequences of Untreated Anxiety

Left untreated, anxiety can increase the risk of severe and potentially life-threatening conditions, including depression, suicide, alcohol and drug abuse, and other physical ailments stemming from chronic stress.

If you think you may be struggling with anxiety, reaching out to a mental health professional or anxiety retreat can help ascertain potential causes and present options for treatment, providing welcome relief from your symptoms and helping you regain control of your life.

Finding Calm at The Dawn

Morning meditation at The Dawn helps reducing stress caused by anxiety.

Stress, worry and lack of personal time are well-known triggers of anxiety. At The Dawn Wellness Centre and Rehab, you will find yourself a world away from the regular stressors of your daily life. Located on the outskirts of Chiang Mai in a serene riverside location, our boutique residential centre has been designed to foster a sense of calm, peace and healing, enabling you to focus on a full and joyous recovery.

An Anxiety Recovery Retreat

At The Dawn, we offer a specially designed Mental Wellness Programme that helps clients feel better almost immediately, gain a deeper understanding of their symptoms, and learn how to effectively manage their condition. Using a unique “Twin Pillars” approach that combines effective Western psychotherapeutic techniques with scientifically proven Eastern wellness practises, our clinical and wellness experts treat a variety of mental health issues, including generalised anxiety disorder.

Don’t let anxiety take one more minute of your life. Call us today to learn how we can help you effectively and sustainably overcome your anxiety and embrace the fullness of your future.

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