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Effective
Steps for
Managing
Anxiety
In the case of frequent
anxiety, the fearful feelings
are dread of a particular
situation and not the
situation itself. Getting
caught in traffc can
cause an anxiety attack
over what might happen
when you get to work late.
Starting a new job can
bring on anxiety attacks.
You don’t know anyone and
fear of that unknown can
send you into a panic.
Everyone experiences panic or anxiety in
small ways
.
Like the fght or fight example,
it can save your life
.
In new situations, we
get panicky but when the outcome we fear
fails to materialize, the anxiety stops
.
For
someone with chronic anxiety, this is not
the case
.
Every situation that brings anxiety is not
life
-
threatening
.
More than likely it is
an extremely stressful situation that has
brought on the anxiety as a way of dealing
with it
.
Unchecked anxiety of this type can
lead to depression
.
If you sufer from anxiety attacks on
occasion or a more frequent anxiety
disorder, there are steps you can take to
keep your anxiety under control
.
See a professional.
Tis is always a good frst step
.
Self
-
diagnosis of any type of physical or mental
condition is unwise and can be dangerous
.
A professional psychologist can
help you understand your anxiety and prescribe medication or other efective
techniques
.
Get a good night’s sleep.
During the sleep cycle, your body repairs itself
.
You feel more rested afer several
hours of restorative sleep, reaching the REM stage
.
Most people need eight hours
a night which varies within an hour or two each way
.
Exercise on a consistent basis.
Exercise helps you to use oxygen more efciently
.
It helps to get more oxygen to
the brain
.
It also increases focus which may help you see solutions to problems
rather than simply worrying about them
.
Meditate.
Meditation is more than chanting mantras
.
Yoga is an exercise that involves
quieting the mind and controlling your breathing
.
Simple mediation such as
taking 5 minutes to clear your mind everyday can work wonders in the fght
against anxiety
.
Manage the worry.
When you feel your pulse start to quicken, count backwards from ten
.
As you
count, focus on the situation
.
What has actually happened? Resist the urge to
read anything more into the situation
.
Don’t use alcohol.
You might think that the glass of wine is relaxing your tension but alcohol is
a depressant
.
In anxious situations you could rely too heavily on it and gain
another problem in the process
.
Find some relaxing activities.
Stress can rob you of your energy
.
On a regular basis, do something you like
such as gardening, painting, reading or listening to music
.
Anxiety can come into your life at any time. It’s normal.
When the anxiety becomes frequent you could be at risk
for more serious conditions. If you feel your anxiety is
starting to take over your life or increasingly causing you
problems, seek professional help immediately. There is
no need to suffer this terrible condition in silence.
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