Experiencing an anxiety disorder can contribute to prolonged stress in the body and is worth doing something about. If you have any of the symptoms of stress or anxiety above, for more than a couple of weeks, it is worth talking to your doctor. You could also take the online Beyond Blue stress test to help you become more aware of what you are thinking and feeling, which will help you have a clearer conversation with your local doctor.
Even if you can’t change the circumstances very quickly, it is important to notice your stress and do something to calm yourself and reduce your physical stress regularly. It doesn’t have to be for long periods of time, even 5 minutes of stress reducing activity at least once to several times a day can significantly reduce your stress. Some healthy ways to reduce stress are:
- Deep breathing
- Listening to music
- Reading a book
- Talking to a mate
Karitane Tip: If you have a mental illness or past history of anxiety disorder becoming a new dad may increase your stress, requiring you to seek support sooner rather than later. It is important to look out for the warning signs for yourself and listen to people that care about you if they are saying they are concerned about how you are coping.