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Anxiety is a mental state characterized by intense fear, nervousness, or worry, whether situational or not, but not arising from an actual threat or imminent danger. Most of us have probably experienced anxiety on several occasions – while others live with it constantly. Here are ten facts you should know about the subject!

A simple way to alleviate anxiety…

Studies have shown that those who often experience anxiety when going to bed can easily help reduce it. This can be achieved using a blanket or duvet with slightly more weight than usual, which, according to the study, reduced anxiety for the majority of participants. [source]

The pig at the airport…

To help air passengers cope with their fear of flying, San Francisco International Airport has employed an airport therapy pig. The pig, named LiLou, wears a costume and performs tricks to help travelers calm down before their flights. [source]

Why you might get anxious watching horror films…

Horror films sometimes include infrasound in their soundtracks, which cannot be perceived by human hearing. Although we can’t hear it, we can still feel it, and infrasound has been shown to induce anxiety, heart palpitations, and shivering. All for a better movie experience. [source]

Social phobia may be linked to empathy…

In 2011, a study found that individuals with significant social anxiety also had high levels of empathy. The study suggested that high empathy could make socially anxious individuals more sensitive and attentive to others’ emotions. [source]

Why everything seems different…

People with high anxiety perceive the world differently – in simple terms, their brains lump together both safe and unsafe things, noticing everything as uncertain. [source]

Magnesium could be as effective as medication…

Magnesium can be highly effective against anxiety issues. Many people are quite deficient, and a good magnesium supplement can be as effective as prescription medication but with fewer side effects. [source]


People who constantly bite the skin around their nails or on the inside of their cheeks suffer from dermatophagia, an impulse control disorder linked to anxiety and obsession. [source]

Anxiety exists for everything…

There’s a condition called Neurasthenia (also known as Americanitis) involving anxiety, fatigue, flatulence, and mild depression, caused by competitive business environments and the general corporate world as a professional. [source]

Men can have something like a menstrual cycle…

Men experience fluctuating hormonal changes in their bodies similar to women’s monthly cycles, which can cause anxiety among other things. It wouldn’t be accurate to say men have a menstrual cycle, but the hormonal changes that occur in the body aren’t actually too far off. [source]

Writers? Unfortunate…

Creativity has been linked to anxiety and so-called “madness,” with writers being 121% more likely to experience bipolar depression than the general population and 50% more likely to commit suicide. [source]

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