Anxiety is a debilitating condition that affects millions of Americans. Its symptoms include extreme distress, feelings of panic and numerous unpleasant physical sensations. If you are one of the unlucky ones who knows what it is like to have anxiety, you know that you'd do almost anything to get rid of it. Fortunately, there are ways to cope with anxiety and make sure that it doesn't ruin your life. Here are six tips on how to better understand the anxiety from which you suffer.
Understand Your Anxiety
Anxiety is so crippling because it is so odd. You can be at a store one day, thinking about something upsetting, and then out of nowhere, you're under the spell of massive worry or a panic attack. Understanding what anxiety is, and what causes it, can help to demystify this problem and make it so that you have a better grasp over what ails you. For example, according to Transformations Treatment Center, anxiety is triggered by a number of different circumstances that aren’t really threatening, but release a flood of chemicals into the bloodstream, which cause several unpleasant symptoms.
According to The Chopra Center, multiple studies have found that meditation can help you limit your anxiety symptoms. This is because meditation can help you better focus your mind and put it in a state of ease and peace. Getting your mind to these places is as opposite of anxiety as you can get. Regular meditation can essentially change the orientation of your mind and make you more aware of the here and now. In doing so, you can limit or eliminate the free-floating worry which is the cause of so much anxiety.
If left untreated, anxiety disorders can become debilitating. You should discuss your treatment options for anxiety with a professional. Often, seeing a therapist can help you determine the root causes of anxiety and figure out different ways of coping with these challenges. Other times, medication is highly advisable in order to smooth out some of these rougher moments and help make the therapy stick. Regardless, talking with a professional about how you can cope with your anxiety can ultimately reduce these challenges. Perhaps just as importantly, talking with professional help to put you back in control over your anxiety challenges. This is psychologically important, as so much of the problems caused by anxiety occur because you feel as if you have lost control over your own mind.
Believe it or not, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, there are multiple studies that show that exercise can help to reduce anxiety. There are many reasons for this, but it seems as if it is at least partially tied to the fact that your brain releases multiple chemicals, like endorphins, which can help your body cope with anxiety. It is worth noting that some exercise is better than others for coping with anxiety. For example, multiple studies have found yoga to be extremely beneficial for anxiety, as it helps to not only exercise the body but calm the mind.
Put Down the Phone
There are multiple studies that show that paying too much attention to your phone can lead to major emotional problems. There are many reasons for this, and not all of them are fully understood. However, it does seem clear that paying attention to our phones can cause us to neglect our real-world surroundings and relationships. Putting down our phones can be hard, particularly during moments of high anxiety, as our phones can provide a welcome and safe distraction. However, it is vitally important that we attempt to put down our devices. Phones can distract us, yes, but they don't really teach us anything about dealing with our anxiety, finding solutions, or the ultimate cause of our anxiety. Fundamentally, phones are addictive, and we would all be better off if we put them down and paid more attention to the real world.
Find Support Groups
Dealing with anxiety on your own can be an incredibly difficult challenge. While seeing a professional is absolutely beneficial, others can find real assistance by seeking out anxiety support groups, either in the real world or online. These groups can allow you to exchange ideas and coping mechanisms, discuss the latest research and compare experiences. They can also provide real-time support for those moments where you find yourself completely overwhelmed.
There is no question about it, anxiety can be exceptionally difficult to deal with. Living with anxiety can feel like living in a prison of our own mind. However, there is good news, as difficult as anxiety can be to deal with, there are real ways to cope with it, to manage it, and to defeat it. Anxiety does not have to frame your entire life, and as long as you try to do something about it, you will refuse to allow yourself to be its prisoner.
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