How to Stop Living in Fear

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It’s a truly horrible thing to live in fear and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. But when you have anxiety living in fear is a way of life.

When my anxiety was at its worst my fear never left me, not even for a minute. It would be there in the morning when I woke up and it would still be there when I went back to bed at night.

It was never ending and it was unbearably awful.

If you’re anxiety is anything like mine was then you know all this firsthand.

You might be thinking that your constant fear is just the way you’ll always be, that your anxiety makes it impossible for you to feel any different. But I’m going to show you that there are simple things you can do to stop living in fear.

That’s what this post is all about.

There are several key ideas I’ve learned about fear over the past few years, and they’ve helped me to almost entirely eliminate anxiety-based fear from my life.

After I’ve shared these ideas with you I’m hoping that they turn out to be as helpful for you as they have been for me.

Before I share these ideas with you, a quick warning: these ideas are weird, and when you first hear them your instinct will be to dismiss them. But stick with me until the end of this post.

Listen to what I have to say with an open mind, and by the end of this post I think you will look at fear in a completely different way than you ever have before.

The impact these ideas can have on your anxiety and on your life in general are huge.

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Everything You Need to Know About Tiredness Caused by Anxiety

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Tiredness is probably the most common physical symptom that anxiety can cause, and it can also be one of the most devastating.

When you’re exhausted all the time it completely changes the way you live. You stop doing the things you love. Life becomes an endless series of tasks you don’t have the energy to carry out.

Tiredness was a problem for me throughout my time with anxiety. It would vary in its severity but it was always there. Sometimes it would be mild and would mean I had to sleep a lot and avoid anything too strenuous. Sometimes it would be severe and would mean I couldn’t get out of bed for days at a time.

A couple of times my doctor ran tests on me to see if there was a medical reason for my tiredness, but everything always came back normal. It was probably anxiety, she said.

I refused to believe that anxiety could cause such severe and chronic tiredness so I Googled it.

Big mistake.

Google told me I had every terrible disease I could imagine, and that just made my anxiety worse.

The result?

Another anxiety-fueled vicious cycle: my anxiety made me tired, my tiredness made me anxious, and the cycle continued until it had turned me into a mental and physical wreck.

To break the cycle I had to find a way to stop the tiredness that had started all the problems in the first place.

So I learned all I could about it.

I read books about anxiety and tiredness and looked for the links between the two, I talked to dozens of other people who’d had anxiety-related tiredness and beaten it, and I did experiments on myself to see which actions and behaviours worked at reducing and eliminating my tiredness.

In this post I’m going to share with you everything I learned. You’ll get to see everything I did to overcome my anxiety-related tiredness. Hopefully you can use these same ideas to overcome your own problems with anxiety and tiredness.

The best place to start is by looking at why anxiety causes tiredness in the first place.

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Anxiety Symptoms: A Complete Guide

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When you’re anxious for prolonged periods of time it can have a devastating impact on you physically.

Your adrenaline levels skyrocket, you get no restful sleep, and your immune system shuts down.

All of this can lead to you experiencing an almost endless series of unpleasant symptoms.

Anxiety can cause just about any symptom you can imagine. Some of them are annoying and some of them are terrifying.

During my time with anxiety I experienced dozens of symptoms. Some of them lasted for months at a time and convinced me I had a horrible disease.

The only thing that ever helped me to deal with my anxiety symptoms was learning more about them.

Finding out why my anxiety caused a particular symptom would reassure me that I didn’t have a serious medical problem, and it would also help me find ways to ease the symptom or even to stop it altogether.

Since learning more about my anxiety symptoms helped me so much, I wanted to create a resource that would help other people who are going through the same thing.

That’s what this post is.

Below, you’ll find links to posts I’ve written on each symptom your anxiety might cause you. Each post will explain why your anxiety causes a particular symptom and what you can do to make it stop.

I add new symptoms to the list below all the time, so please check back often or bookmark this page.

If you have a symptom that I haven’t covered then please contact me here and let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

  • headaches - pain, throbbing, or tenderness anywhere in your head
  • palpitations - fast, erratic, or strong sensations of your own heartbeat anywhere around your body
  • dizziness - feelings of dizziness, unsteadiness, or disorientation
  • sweating - uncontrollable and undesirable sweating in any area of your body
  • nausea - feelings that you might throw up or that your stomach is delicate or unsettled
  • throat problems - soreness, dryness, burning, and tenderness in and around your throat
  • numbness and tingling - numbness, tingling, and even burning sensations anywhere in your body, especially your hands, feet, and face
  • tiredness – feelings of sleepiness, grogginess, mental fog, exhaustion, and muscle weakness

How to Stop Numbness and Tingling Caused by Anxiety

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If you ever get numb or tingly feelings in your body, and if you’re also an anxious person, the two are almost certainly connected.

Numbness and tingling are very common physical symptoms of anxiety. They might not sound like severe symptoms to someone who’s never experienced them, but they can be uncomfortable at best and terrifying at worst.

For about a year of my life I suffered with constant numbness and tingling. Usually it was in my hands and feet, but occasionally I’d feel it in my face too. A couple of times I even felt it in my stomach.

The numbness and tingling could strike at any time, but I most often experienced them after I woke up, after a period of prolonged anxiety, and after panic attacks.

These symptoms went on so long it became unbearable. I went to my doctor a couple of times and she said it was anxiety.

I didn’t trust her so I Googled it. Big mistake.

Google told me that my numbness and tingling could be caused by an almost endless list of horrible neurological diseases.

That made my anxiety worse, and that made my numbness and tingling worse.

And yet another anxiety-induced vicious circle began.

In the end, the only thing that helped me was to learn more about the numbness and tingling and their connections to my anxiety.

I’d like to share with you what I learned, and hopefully that’ll help you overcome your own problems with numbness and tingling.

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5 Simple Ways to Naturally Boost Your Serotonin

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Twice in my life my anxiety got so bad that I took antidepressants.

They didn’t help.

They made things worse by adding horrible side effects to my anxiety. And along with the side effects came a whole new anxiety about being hooked on pills.

Both times I was on antidepressants I spent most of my time thinking about how to get off them.

That’s what got me looking into natural ways to increase serotonin.

Antidepressants work by helping your brain “recycle” your serotonin, which effectively increases the amount of serotonin in your system. The more serotonin you have in your system the less anxiety you’ll feel.

I knew when I stopped taking the pills my serotonin levels would crash while my body adjusted, which would mean increased anxiety.

It seemed like a good idea to do whatever I could to naturally increase my serotonin levels. That would make the withdrawal of the antidepressants easier to handle.

To help me do that I read every book and scientific study I could find on the subject of serotonin.

What follows in this post is the best stuff I learned. More specifically, what follows are the 5 best ways to naturally increase your serotonin.

Use the ideas that follow. See what they do for you. Each idea has the potential to dramatically increase your serotonin levels, and the more serotonin you have the less anxiety you should feel.

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