Self Help Tips To Treat Anxiety
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Self Help Tips To Stop Anxiety & Attacks
Aside from the expensive treatments that are commonly recommended by doctors and health practitioners to patients suffering from anxiety disorders, there are also more economical methods that can help stop anxiety attacks. This article enumerates those self-help tips and explains how they can help one cope with extreme conditions of anxiety.
Many people worldwide suffer from feelings of anxiety of various types. In fact, anxiety disorders are among the common psychological conditions that commonly trigger individuals who are experiencing intense pressure and stress. In most cases, anxiety disorders are oftentimes mistaken as mere stress that we do not necessarily need to be concerned about. In some instances, individuals may become aware that they have an anxiety condition only after they have consulted a medical professional.
Basically, a people who are experiencing intense feelings of anxiety and worry for more than six months are most likely suffering from a more serious type of anxiety disorder. Cases of anxiety that involve excessive worrying and stress from relationships, work, environment, or challenging situations can also be indicators of an anxiety disorder. In these cases, doctors and health practitioners usually recommend immediate treatment. Treatment may be indicated whenever anxiety becomes of concern to the point that it is affecting a person’s daily activities, enjoyment, peace and productivity.
Fortunately for those who are suffering from anxiety disorders, these forms of health condition are highly treatable. After thorough examinations and the confirmation that a patient is indeed suffering from an anxiety disorder, doctors and health practitioners will then recommend treatments that will best aid the patient’s condition. These treatments may be in the form of medication, therapy, natural or herbal remedies.
Apart from the these common treatments recommended by physicians, there are other forms of treatment that people can utilize as means to stop anxiety and anxiety attacks. Treating anxiety does not necessarily require one to spend large sums of money on medications and expensive treatments. As such, below are a couple of self-help tips that can aid one in managing and coping with anxiety and stress:
Anxiety Help Tip 1: Maintain a Healthy And Balanced Diet
Eating right is probably one of the simplest and the most rewarding ways to cope and manage anxiety attacks. This not only keeps the body fit and healthy, but it also helps reduce and control stress. Eating right includes giving up highly processed and “junk” foods. Junk food is of little or no nutritional value to your body in any case. So, why not help yourself and invest in a healthy diet rich in vegetables, certain fruits, nuts (walnuts especially) and preferably organic meats? I know you may be thinking that eating healthier is more costly. However, what kind of nutritional value can be found in greasy, sugary and salty processed foods? Answer: not much.
Anxiety Help Tip 2: Eliminate Caffeine
Since caffeine is known to trigger tension and anxiety, avoiding coffee or caffeinated soda can really decrease one’s susceptibility to anxiety, sudden panic attacks, as well as mood swings. If you use copious amounts of sugar in your coffee you’re in for a double whammy of a ride. I’ve given up on coffee and it’s a rare occasion that I’ll indulge in a soda. Instead, try drinking a LOT of good, clean (or filtered) water and drink 2-3 cups of green or chamomile tea daily. You might want to taper off of caffeine as some seem to experience a caffeine ‘crash’ when abstaining abruptly. Everyone is different. Be wise :).
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Anxiety Help Tip 3: Build a Strong Support System
Support from family and friends is a very important aid for those who are experiencing anxiety conditions. Spending time with people who are emotionally supportive and understanding can really help a person with coping and dealing with anxiety and attacks. It is said that the more a person seeks comfort from trusting family and friends, the lesser chances of experiencing sudden anxiety and extreme worry.
Anxiety Help Tip 4: Practice Various Relaxation Techniques
Patients diagnosed with anxiety disorder are oftentimes advised by doctors and health practitioners to practice different types of relaxation techniques such as yoga, aerobic exercise, controlled breathing, and guided imagery. These modes of relaxation really help in reducing stress and anxiety.
Anxiety Help Tip 5: Meditation
Regular meditation practice is also an excellent way of reducing one’s susceptibility to anxiety and stress. Many people experiencing anxiety disorders prefer to adapt meditation methods like walking meditation and transcendental meditation in their everyday activities. There are a multitude of excellent guided meditations available on the ever popular YouTube. Many of these meditations are suitable for relaxation and reduction end even elimination of anxiety symptoms. Here’s a comforting thought: these meditations are available for free and may be downloaded to your computer or device with free software that is readily available as well.
Here’s A Guided Video Meditation I Enjoy Myself
Please remember that *regular* meditation is scientifically proven to help our emotional state, improve brain health, cognition, decision making and overall state of calmness. I meditate pretty much everyday. Mornings are usually a perfect time to meditate as a calmer ‘tone’ is set for the time ahead. Regular meditation is an enjoyable and positive experience. Be kind to yourself. Start meditating in shorter time increments if this suits you better. Personally, I find that 25 or 30 minutes of meditation does the trick. Guided meditations are a great way to start. I love Linda Hall’s YouTube meditation channel which can be found here: Linda Hall – Guided Meditations on YouTube.