Relaxing is a key factor in feeling better. It also helps in reducing the stress and symptoms that come with anxiety-panic attacks. When you don't relax, a symptom known as Nervous Fatigue develops.
Recognizing it and treating it can bring some relief by easing the symptoms of panic and anxiety. There are four types of fatigue that are all included in Nervous Fatigue.
Here are the four types of fatigue:
- First Fatigue: Muscular Fatigue
This is not what you may think. Some people may say I have muscular fatigue from exercise or that my muscles hurt from hammering at work all day. Anxious people get this fatigue from stress and constant tension.
- Second Fatigue: Emotional Fatigue
People who do not suffer from anxiety may feel this when they are in a bad relationship or are under financial stress. People who are subjected to anxiety feel a constant fear and tension which can cause this type fatigue and worsen your symptoms.
- Third Fatigue: Mental Fatigue
Most who do not suffer from anxiety would feel this fatigue in a situation at work or when a very important task needs to be achieved. A student studying for a test might complain of this fatigue whereas an anxious person may have this level of fatigue with everyday situations. A nervous person's mind may constantly exaggerate everything. Eventually, becoming over-powered by one's own thoughts.
- Fourth Fatigue: Fatigue of the Spirit
An anxious person may feel opposed to the point where they just don't believe, and begin to loose faith, that they will ever feel better,or be in control again. Soon, every thought will be an effort. Simply put, you begin to think negatively that you will gain strength to get better.
These types of fatigue are very important to learn about. The only way to change the feelings of fatigue, and to feel better, is to get educated about them and change your way of thinking. The whole key here is to learn to relax again.
Complete self-help for your nerves by Dr. Claire Weekes is the book that goes into great detail about the different types of fatigue and why it is very important that you learn what they are. It is one of the several books that I have personally followed. It helped me tremendously. Dr. Claire Weekes, in my opinion, was one of the best in her writings-teachings. Unfortunately, the book I've just mentioned is out of print, but you may be able to find a used copy on the internet or at your local public library.
Learning how to relax was one of the key points in my own recovery. While I was learning about my condition, I used a relaxation tape as a way to relax and calm myself. I used the tape until I was able to relax on my own. But on occasion, I still use it today. I feel completely refreshed after listening to it.
I realize that everyone is different and that not every relaxation technique will work for you. That is why I put together a collection of relaxation products below. I'm sure you'll find one that will help you relax. Check back as I will be adding more products very soon.
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