Dealing with Anxiety

Everybody suffers from anxiety now and again. It is both normal and necessary. It is necessary because it primes us to deal with demanding situations. But for some people, their anxiety becomes all-consuming. It interferes with, and impacts negatively upon, daily life. Sufferers may experience difficulty sleeping, display symptoms of panic attacks and find it difficult to focus. Fortunately it is possible to adopt strategies which stop anxiety before it becomes disabling. Sometimes, in order to regain control over their lives, people must force themselves to think realistically. It is a case of ‘get real’. It can be helpful to look at problems by identifying those things you have control over.

Take any practical measures you can to ameliorate difficult circumstances, but then move on. It is important to accept also, those things that you have no control over. No matter how much you worry, it will not change the situation. It is helpful to view negative situations in a positive light. It is often possible to retrieve good things from even the worst events. People often learn valuable lessons when things go wrong. They often gain useful insights into themselves, those around them and about life in general. Look at bad situations as an opportunity to learn. It is important not to view problems as part of a series of events.

Some people join the dots between problems by superstitiously viewing them as a pattern relating to their personal fortune or destiny. Or they may decide they are having a ‘bad hair day’ and therefore everything is bound to go wrong. It is vital to isolate unpleasant incidents and draw a line beneath them. Forget about it and turn your attention to the next thing that needs to be done. Learning relaxation techniques can be very useful for anxious people. Shortness of breath, chest and stomach pains can all be physical symptoms of anxiety.

Learning proper breathing techniques or enrolling in a yoga class can all help to beat stress and anxiety. Massages and other spa treatments can help those of an anxious disposition to relax and let go of their tension. Poor self esteem is often associated with feelings of anxiety. The anxious person often finds it difficult to say no, because they are worried about what people think of them. They end up taking on too much, and inevitably feel stressed. It is important to learn to put aside time for yourself, to do the things you enjoy and to take care of yourself. If you feel anxious then exercise and good diet can help to alleviate the condition. Some people develop what is known as generalized anxiety disorder or GAD.

This is a real illness and sufferers should seek professional medical guidance. Doctors may prescribe medication, however, this is often just a short-term measure. In the long run cognitive therapy and counseling may be needed. Feelings of anxiety are unlikely to disappear overnight. Nevertheless, a little dogged persistence and a refusal to allow negative thoughts to occupy your mind will gradually erase anxiety. With the right frame of mind, life can change for the better.

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