New or unfamiliar experiences and places can cause some anxiety. This is all normal and an okay feeling to have. However, anxiety can sometimes become excessive, persistent, and very intense. It can impact the way you think about every situation and make life very difficult. Anxiety disorders can include repeated episodes of sudden and intense feelings of anxiety or fear. This anxiety can sometimes reach its height within minutes, which will then become a panic attack.
Anxiety can make your daily activities difficult and unenjoyable. Further, you might feel like you’re losing control and avoid certain situations for fear of having a panic attack.
The most common signs of anxiety are:
Having anxiety doesn’t mean you have to live with this fear and worry. There are treatments for anxiety and you can gain control of your life again. Reach out for help.
Anxiety disorders can sometimes have a medical cause. Be sure to get a physical exam or call in for an appointment with your healthcare provider.
Further, take a look at the following hadith for some comforting words about anxiety from our Prophet ( صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَليْهِ وَسَلَّمَ)
عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيِّ قَالَ دَخَلَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ذَاتَ يَوْمٍ الْمسْجِدَ فَإِذَا هُوَ بِرَجُلٍ مِنْ الْانصَارِ يُقَالُ لَهُ أَبُو أُمَامَةَ فَقَالَ يَا أَبَا أُمَامَةَ مَا لِي أَرَاكَ جَالِسًا فِي الْمسْجِدِ فِي غَيْرِ وَقْتِ الصَّلَاةِ قَالَ هُمُومٌ لَزِمَتْنِي وَدُيُونٌ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ قَالَ أَفَلَا أُعَلِّمُكَ كَلَامًا إِذَا أَنْتَ قُلْتَهُ أَذْهَبَ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ هَمَّكَ وَقَضَى عَنْكَ دَيْنَكَ قَالَ قُلْتُ بَلَى يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ قَالَ قُلْ إِذَا أَصْبَحْتَ وَإِذَا أَمْسَيْتَ اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ الْهَمِّ وَالْحَزَنِ وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ الْعَجْزِ وَالْكَسَلِ وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ الْجُبْنِ وَالْبُخْلِ وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ غَلَبَةِ الدَّيْنِ وَقَهْرِ الرِّجَالِ.
Abu Sa’id al-Khudri reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, entered the mosque one day while a man from the Ansar named Abu Umamah was there. The Prophet said, “O Abu Umamah, what is the matter that I see you sitting in the mosque while it is not time for prayer?” He said, “O Messenger of Allah, I am compelled by anxiety and debts.” The Prophet said, “Shall I not teach you a word to say by which Allah Almighty will relive your worry and complete your debt?” He said, “Of course, O Messenger of Allah.” The Prophet said, “Say in the morning and evening: O Allah, I seek refuge in you from worry and sadness. I seek refuge in you from weakness and laziness. I seek refuge in you from cowardice and miserliness. And I seek refuge in you from being overwhelmed by debt and the tyranny of men.” Source: Sunan Abī Dāwūd 1555
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