You Can Beat Anxiety Forever

Anxiety

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We all feel anxiety at some time or another, but for some people, it is a way of life. You need to recognize the signs before you can try to cope with it though.  These can include a racing heart, light-headedness, headaches, upset stomachs and panic attacks. The symptoms are not the same for everyone, but if you are stressed, any of them can start to appear. Once you have realized that it is anxiety that is causing these problems, then you need to look at ways of reducing it.

You Are Not Alone

One of the worst parts about feel anxious is that it can make you feel so alone and that no one else understands what you are going through. Talking with a friend, relative or someone else you feel you can trust can be helpful. There are also professional counselors, online forums and support groups you can join. In the US, more than 40 million adults suffer from anxiety and that equates to over 18% of the population.

You are not alone by any means. Once you have recognized the problem, there is a lot of help for you. The condition is treatable, and some physicians prescribe the anxiety drug Gabapentin, which you can find more info about here, to aid more restful sleep and to calm the nerves in the daytime to kick-start recovery. There are other anxiety drugs available but the advantage of this one is it has very few side effects. It is also used to treat Restless Legs Syndrome and for seizures.

Take A Breather

Relax



If you start to feel anxious, find somewhere to sit for 5 minutes and do a few breathing exercises. Breathe in deeply through your nose, and exhale through your mouth. The extra influx of air helps to calm your nerves, and you will feel better for taking a breather.

Doing a few breathing exercises when you first get up in the morning can help to start the day with less stress, and doing them just before you go to bed can aid a better nights sleep. A better night’s sleep will help you feel better all-round.

Write It Down

This is an old way of helping that goes back many years, and it works. Write down exactly how you are feeling, or what is causing you to feel so anxious. It could be that it only takes a few sentences, or there could be pages needed to get everything out. But that is what it does. All the things going round in your mind you are getting out onto paper, without any judgments or opinions, just you and your pen.

Bereavement counselors commonly use this as a way of helping the bereaved dealing with the issues of losing someone, particularly for the stages of complete loss and anger.

Exercise

Excerise

When you are not feeling 100%, the thought of exercising can be daunting. It does not need to be much, just start off with a short walk each day or something else you enjoy.  A healthy body tends to lead to a healthier mind, and exercise can assist you to achieve that.

Yoga And Mindfulness

Yoga and mindfulness, which you can learn here, can help you to relax and deal with the everyday stresses of life. Of course, there are classes you can attend or download one of the many free apps onto your phone. Practising things such as these can help you to sleep better and manage the symptoms of anxiety.

The Future Is Brighter

Brighter Furture


One of the things you must realize is that you will not feel this way forever. Anxiety and stress tend to happen periodically, and you will learn the warning signs and deal with it before it gets too bad.

No one can promise you that it will never happen again, but having experienced it once, you will find that coping with it a second time is much easier as you will know what to expect.

Make The Tasks Smaller

If you have any big tasks to deal with, break them down into smaller chunks. 3 or 4 less sizable tasks will cause you less stress than one big one, and you will feel a sense of achievement each time you complete one.

Think Of A Bucket

Bucket


Just for a few moments, think of your mind as a bucket of water. Every little stress in your life gets thrown into that bucket. It could be driving to work in the rush hour, a dental appointment or maybe just what to cook for your evening meal. As the stresses build the bucket will overflow and that is when you will start to feel anxiety.

If that bucket had a series of holes half way up, every time a stress was thrown in there some water would leak out. The water would never reach the top and never overflow. You need to have such things in your life that will let you deal with the stress, without your mind overflowing.

This does not need to be anything complicated. Listen to your favorite music on the way to work.  Remember that the dental appointment will be over in just a few minutes, and why not plan your week’s meals ahead of time. These are only little things, but quite often it is a build up of these that cause feelings of anxiety to start.

Most of us know someone that will lose their temper at the slightest silly little thing, but with a major disaster, they are a brick. This is what anxiety is like, it is the silly little things that often cause it, and it is those that you need to find ways of coping with.

Get Enough Sleep

Get Enough Sleep

A lack of sleep is a common cause of stress and anxiety. A tired mind cannot function properly, and you need at least 7 to 8 hours sleep every night to help keep anxiety at bay. 

Recognize What Is Happening

As soon as you start to notice your anxiety signs materializing, put your coping mechanisms into place. The earlier you start fighting back, the quicker the anxiety will disappear, and you will be able to get on with your life.

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