You could say that most people experience some level of anxiety, whether it’s stress or pressure or tension or worry. However, if your anxiety is constant or intense then it could be debilitating. You may need relief just to function in your day. You may need some relief in order to feel like yourself again. Or you might simply want to be more emotionally available to your children and spouse.
When a person can no longer function in their daily life, then treatment for anxiety may be necessary. Anxiety that is persistent or gets in the way of living may require psychotherapy as well as possible medication. If anxiety is getting in the way of your responsibilities, having healthy relationships, or being able to sleep, you may need to get professional help.
Free Floating Anxiety
One type of diagnosis for anxiety is General Anxiety Disorder. One of the major symptoms of this illness is an experience sometimes referred to as floating anxiety¸ which is a feeling of stress or tension that has no cause or trigger. For instance, it’s natural to feel anxiety or stress before a major event in one’s life, such as public speaking or getting married. This is considered normal and very natural behavior. However, free floating anxiety tends to be excessive and unrealistic. Here are common traits to free floating anxiety:
It’s common for those with an anxiety disorder to experience free-floating anxiety. Although not all illnesses of anxiety will have free floating anxiety as one of its symptoms.
Types of Anxiety Disorders
Free floating anxiety is a common illness of Generalized Anxiety Disorder. However, there are a handful of other illness of anxiety that a person might be diagnosed with. A person is diagnosed with a particular illness depending upon the symptoms they are experiencing.
Here are some important points to remember about anxiety:
Ways to Relieve Your Anxiety
If you’re experiencing constant anxiety, then you are probably very familiar with being in an anxious state. However, to help yourself, get to know what it feels like to be in a relaxed state. In fact, get to know it very well. It will take time, but if you adopt any one of the following practices and do them on a regular basis, you’ll get to know relaxation more than anxiety.
Remember that it’s important to choose at least one of the above and do them on a regular basis. Make sure you have at least one non-anxious experience once per day. Let your body and your brain become familiar with what it feels like to be relaxed, calm, and at ease.
If you try any of the above and you’re still having trouble, contact Ventura Community Counseling for professional support.