Five Ways to Cope with Anxiety [Tips]
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What's the most lethal health condition that people suffer from these days? Cancer or other "terminal" diseases are sure to be the first that spring to mind, but there is another silent killer that is rife among many people today. That's right, it is anxiety.
People tend to get affected by these major culprits a lot. In fact, I'd say that these seemingly harmless disorders could be the reason people develop other diseases because anxiety develops depression and depression has the ability to eat at your nerves.
Unfortunately, a weak nervous system could lead to faulty functioning of the body on so many levels that you are prone to catching or developing diseases quite easily.
Although anxiety has been around for a long while now, it has taken some time for this life-threatening condition to be recognized as a potential mental disorder. While scientists have recently discovered the part of the human brain that is responsible for promoting anxiety states, so far, a magical cure has yet to be discovered.
Thankfully psychiatry and psychology can help individuals find ways to cope with this disorder, and while a lot of people suffer from anxiety due to PTSD etc. many of us simply have a strenuous routine which leads to developing stress and anxiety.
There is also a seemingly endless list of medical treatments that can be used to help cope with this silent killer such as prescribed medicines. Before you get into these, here are a few other steps that you can take to help cope with anxiety.
However, please note that the information provided is meant to encourage and support individuals through their own journeys and is not meant to replace the advice or expertise of medical professionals.
Figure Out The Reason
Now, we know that this is much easier said than done, but it is impossible to fix a problem without first knowing the underlying cause of that problem. If you don't know what triggers your anxiety, you're bound to have a hard time figuring out ways to cope with it.
Counseling sessions with a professional therapist can help determine what triggers your anxiety and, once you have found the cause, you will find it much easier to identify and cope with the feelings of anxiety.
This allows you to backtrack your thought patterns by asking yourself questions which can eventually lead to the direction of solving the problem by nipping it in the bud. This technique is tried and tested and it works like wonders!
A lot of stress comes when we deploy our brains on the missions of thinking about things we cant always control. We can sometimes get so caught up in thinking that our brains develop an array of whats, whys, and hows that start to form our entire thought pattern. This type of anxiety usually refers to the problems and insecurities that one might have towards the future.
The truth is that we simply cannot ensure that absolutely nothing will go wrong in the future, but that does not stop us from enjoying the here and the now.
One way of doing this is by getting more active. Whether it is by regularly going to the gym or having a leisurely walk in nature, studies have shown that physical exercise helps in maintaining mental fitness, and it can reduce stress.
Breathe It Out
What’s worse than dealing with anxiety is to not know exactly HOW you can deal with it. Although there are many different techniques, one of the most common ones is to count to five each time you feel angry, frustrated or anxious. This is something that most of us have been taught from a young age and studies have shown that it really can help reduce aggression and anxiety in certain circumstances.
You have got to remind yourself to take deep breaths to the count of five, much like an alarm clock, whenever the anxiety bar raises. If the counting doesn't help, then start with a 10-minute meditation session before gradually increasing the duration.
Believe in Yourself
Much goes wrong with our psyche because we do not think that we have the strength to fight our own demons. As difficult as this line may sound if you do not fight and take back the control of your mind this anxiety would cripple you down to your bones.
When a person suffers from an anxiety attack they feel helpless, but once you have identified the feeling, you have to instill this belief in your mind that you aren't actually helpless and that you can fight your way out of this if you want.
Lastly, always remember that we only have one life, so if you wish to enjoy it to its fullest you should be laughing and taking things lightly.
Practice gratitude for this life of yours and spend your time with positive people until it starts to grow on you and it becomes your second nature to be happy.
Celebrate your life because none of us knows how much of it we have left. Good luck!
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