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Recognizing Anxiety

Anxiety can be difficult to deal with.

It is also something that is not easily recognized as a problem that can have a negative impact on your wellbeing.

Being an Expat is a fantastic experience. However, it also entails problems that might cause a great deal of stress, which may not be understood by others.

You may also feel confused for not appreciating the opportunities that you have been given and this can lead you to feel guilty and ashamed.

Some also may believe that anxiety only occurs when you need to see a psychiatrist or need to be medicated.

My first year as an Expat wife was an eye opener for me and it certainly wasn’t easy. I was unhappy, I was lonely, I was angry, and I was miserable.

My relationship with my partner and my children suffered and I felt terribly embarrassed that I was not able to enjoy this wonderful life that had been offered to me by this overseas move.

And I blamed myself for everything. I felt like I was looking for excuses to be unhappy. That I wasn't up to managing change, and that I wasn’t giving anything a proper chance. It became progressively worse until I spoke to someone who understood what I was going through and helped me realize that I was experiencing- Anxiety!

Once I realized what it was, I asked for help. I worked with a therapist and a coach who helped me manage these concerns and to enjoy my life here, despite the challenges I faced.

You may experience Anxiety where-ever you may be in life. All you need to do is if you recognize the signs, reach out and get the support you need.

Below are 5 signs that might indicate anxiety in your life.

* Not sleeping well or feeling tired constantly

* Trouble focusing.

* Feeling overly bothered or upset easily.

* Feeling angry or irritated

* Feeling disconnected or distant.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and feel like you need help, reach out to a coach, therapist or counsellor so you can work through what it is that is affecting your life.

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