How to Deal with Anxiety 101

Deal with Anxiety

Anxiety is a common disorder that many people deal with. Even though we all complain about experiencing anxiety it is way more serious than we possibly realize. Symptoms of anxiety can include ongoing physical tension, restlessness, chronic indigestion, muscle aches, headaches, sweating, and irrational fears. These symptoms, can result in more severe side effects such as panic attacks, behavioral changes, sleep problems, clinical depression, viruses, chest pain, high blood pressure, heart attack, substance abuse. These side effects can impact a person’s life long term.

If you suffer from any of the above symptoms you may have an anxiety disorder. Have your doctor evaluate your symptoms and if needed you may need professional treatment, medication, cognitive therapy, or behavioral therapy. Often, a combination of treatments is the best course of action. Treatment for anxiety disorders should be viewed as long term.

Medication is usually the first path people take to deal with their anxiety. Certain medications can become addicting and therefore are prescribed on a short-term basis. Antidepressants are widely used to treat and prevent a variety of anxiety disorders. These medications need to be taken daily whether you have anxiety during that time period or not.

Psychotherapy is often considered a basic aspect of treatment to deal with anxiety. Much of the time is spent talking about issues and learning how to cope with them.  You discuss with your psychologist and work together to identify and change your thought and behavior patterns causing you to feel anxious.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy, involves learning behavioral relaxation techniques and reassessing the source of the anxiety. Usually this is a short-term treatment that challenges you to change your behavior and in return your feelings will change.

Basic everyday anxiety alleviation can be done in the comfort of your own home. Try exercising daily by going for fast paced walks and take on a team sport. Working as a team always creates a better atmosphere. Get your heart rate up for at least 30 minutes each time you exercise. Additionally practice deep breathing. Breathe in slowly through your nose as deeply as possible, and out through your mouth. Yoga is usually a good exercise to practice.

Eating a well-balanced meal also ads to your mental health. Skipping meals can cause over eating as well aggravation. The best way to deal with your anxiety is the secret that no one else will tell you… accept that you can not control everything, and maintain a positive attitude.

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Eric Silver

Eric Silver

Eric Silver has been helping a close family member learn to cope with depression for nearly twenty years. Over the years, he's developed a passion for mental health awareness. Mr. Silver has researched and written extensively within the mental health area, specifically in regard to bi-polar, depression, stress, and anxiety issues.