This article can help you better understand anxiety and stress, and provides four easy steps for dealing with anxiety and the stress it causes..
Tips For Dealing With
Have you ever been in a situation that brought on
sweats, rapid heartbeat and shortness of breath? You
probably werenít having a heart attack but an anxiety
attack. If you suffer from anxiety disorders, learning
how to deal with anxiety and how to manage it is the
first step to overcoming it.
Anxiety is characterized as extreme reactions to fearful
situations. When someone follows you into a dark alley,
those anxious feelings of a racing heartbeat and sweaty
palms gives way to heightened senses and a rush of
adrenalin that can save your life. This is the fight or
In the case of frequent anxiety, the fearful feelings
are dread of a particular situation and not the
situation itself. Getting caught in traffic 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 donít know anyone and fear of that unknown
can send you into a panic.
Everyone experiences panic or anxiety in small ways.
Like the fight or flight 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 and
finding ways of dealing with anxiety is key.
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 suffer from anxiety attacks on occasion or a more
frequent anxiety disorder, there are steps you can take
in dealing with anxiety.
1. See a professional. This is always a good first 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 effective techniques.
2. Get a good nightís sleep. During the sleep cycle,
your body repairs itself. You feel more rested after
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.
3. Exercise on a consistent basis. Exercise helps you to
use oxygen more efficiently. 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
4. 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 fight against anxiety.
5. 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.
6. Donít 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.
7. 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
Anxiety can come into your life at any time. Itís
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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