Chicago psychiatrists can help ease chronic stress and anxiety
The commute to downtown Chicago is atrocious. Even though the Toll Road may shave off a few extra minutes, let’s be honest: Your palms are sweaty and your jaw is tight. Agh! The stress is terrible!
Just a few quick fixes may drastically reduce your stress levels on the road. Consider adjusting your work hours. Working 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. may cut back on your travel time! If that isn’t an option, try packing a snack or listening to your favorite tunes. Or hit the gym after work! The evening rush hour on the Dan Ryan is the worst, so use that time productively by sweating it out on the treadmill.
Say you’ve tried all of these quick fixes, but your life is still largely affected. How do you know when it is stress versus an anxiety disorder? Panic Disorder is an anxiety disorder typically associated with extreme fear or worry. Sufferers have episodes of elevated stress called panic attacks.
Panic attacks can last anywhere from five minutes to more than an hour. Signs and symptoms of a panic attack can include rapid heartbeat, sweating and hyperventilation. Sound familiar?
Self-treating stress through meditation and exercise can be quite effective. However, if you think you may have an anxiety disorder, you should seek professional help. See the graphic Feeling Anxious? You're Not Alone to learn more about how common this affliction actually is.
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