Restlessness is not an unfamiliar feeling for all. We have all been restless at several occasions in our lives. The outcome of such feelings can sometimes be anger and irritability.
Restlessness may result from anxiety and depression. Therefore, it’s important to understand when it can be an underlying symptom of anxiety and depression to determine whether professional help should be sought.
Symptoms can range from physical (difficulty sitting still while working or relaxing) to mental (difficulty falling asleep or getting things done throughout the day). Additionally, symptoms like tremors, palpitations, impulsivity, and distractibility can also be experienced.
- Neurologic causes
- Medications taken for asthma or ADHD can be responsible for feelings of restlessness.
- Hormonal imbalances in cases of hyperthyroidism and hypoparathyroidism can lead to feelings of unrest.
- Psychiatric causes of restlessness include generalized anxiety disorder, ADHD, or bipolar disorder, usually characterized by pacing, arm movements, and the urge to move around constantly. An example is Restless leg syndrome (RLS) caused by pregnancy, low iron, and peripheral neuropathy.
Diets high in caffeine or sugar, may also lead to restlessness.
People use different ways to cope up with restlessness. Poor decisions can lead to poor habits. Alcohol and overeating are few of the coping mechanisms used by people across the world to distract their mind and body.
Social media is another common way people opt for distraction . However, in the grand scheme of things, social media can make restlessness worse. It can worsen depression and anxiety. More so, it can even lead to suicidal behavior. Ignoring the problem of restlessness is just going to make matters worse for our closed ones.
Healthy ways to overcome restlessness: -
* Talk to someone you trust. Speak your heart out to a closed one. Communication is by far the best way to express your concerns, problems and feelings. Understand that you are important for someone. Find someone who has or is going through the same problem.
* Seek professional help to determine underlying cause.
* Take care of yourself. Value yourself. Eat, drink and exercise properly.
* Fix your sleep cycles. Give your body what it needs to recover from daily exhaustion.
* Meditate. Relax. Find quiet places to think about yourself. Try breathing exercises.
* Increase physical activity. Daily exercise improves hormonal imbalances. Working out releases endorphins that make you happy.
* Find a social cause. Commit yourself to community service. Making others happy gives a sense of contentment.
* Do not hesitate in seeking professional help. The problem is real, and thus requires real help. Seeking help from licensed provider will help you understand the cause and their recommended therapy will help you eliminate it.
Before you go!
Restlessness is not a untreatable condition. It won’t last forever. But you have to make the first move. Advocate for yourself. Ask for help. Talk about it with family and friends you trust. If you have suicidal thoughts, communicate and do not hesitate. There are people out there who value you, who would support you, who do not wish to lose you. You are not alone in this. If talking about it does not help, seek professional help.
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