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Methods of Managing Anxiety

Methods of Managing Anxiety The causes of anxiety Hints and tips how to control it

Rodger Cresswell 2013

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Methods of Managing Anxiety

Table of Contents Methods of Managing Anxiety.............................................................................................................1 Do I Have Anxiety Attacks? ...........................................................................................................3 Examples of Anxiety........................................................................................................................4 Methods of Managing Anxiety........................................................................................................5 Methods of Managing Anxiety - Yoga.............................................................................................6 Methods of Managing Anxiety – Hypnotherapy.............................................................................6 Methods of Managing Anxiety – Exercise......................................................................................7 Methods of Managing Anxiety – Start a Project..............................................................................7 Methods of Managing Anxiety – What Not to Do...........................................................................7

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Methods of Managing Anxiety

Methods of managing anxiety vary depending upon the level of stress and anxiety that you are experiencing. What brings on the anxiety attacks and do you know how to stop panic attacks? A good question to start with is: Do I Have Anxiety Attacks? Anxiety can be defined as a reaction to fear. In fact fear that is either real or imaginary. The stand and fight or flight syndrome that is built into all of us, inherited from our earliest ancestors. Without that instinct they would have not survived for very long. Have you ever been walking home late at night when all has been quiet apart from the sound of your own footsteps on the pavement. You know that nobody else is around and what you can hear is the echoing sound of your own steps. And yet something inside is telling you to turn around and face who or whatever is following you. You start to walk faster. Your heart rate begins to speed up and you start to feel as if you are fighting for breath. The palms of your hands start to sweat and the panic increases until you instinctively turn around to check that there is no-one behind you. A classic anxiety attack that can escalate to a level where you tell yourself a heart attack is beginning. The above can be described as generalized anxiety disorder symptoms. Anxiety brought on not by a situation but a dread of a situation that may occur.

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Methods of Managing Anxiety

Examples of Anxiety For example, you are travelling to work in the morning and you see a long queue of traffic in front of you. You cannot see the front of the queue and you have no idea how long it has been building up. Naturally this also leads to a build up of traffic behind you. You are trapped and claustrophobia begins. The stress and anxiety starts to build up and, what makes it worse, could it be that you are starting to get the urge to use the bathroom. Common sense tells you that it would be a further half an hour before you normally got to work and have the chance to use the bathroom. But as anxiety comes in through one door common sense goes out through another. In other words it is uncertainty, fear of the unknown that triggers anxiety. Learning how to control anxiety is the first step to overcoming it. But what you must remember is that different people experience different levels of stress. One person walking into a room of people that he or she has not met before may only be a minor challenge. In their case they will experience some anxiety but at the first hello or handshake the anxiety starts to diminish. But for another person the same scenario can bring on chronic anxiety that is very difficult to get under control. Sadly if this describes you then you must learn how to manage your anxiety disorder or anxiety of this type can lead to depression.

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Methods of Managing Anxiety

Are there ways to manage anxiety effectively or of managing anxiety and depression without medication? Yes is the answer and following are some methods to manage anxiety.

Methods of Managing Anxiety To begin to manage your anxiety disorder it is not a bad start to book a visit to see a professional medical person. Your self diagnosis may be correct or it could be wide of the mark. Sometimes we can be so close to a problem that we cannot see the whole picture. What you think is an anxiety disorder may be a symptom of another underlying medical problem. If it truly is anxiety related you can be referred to a professional psychologist will help you to understand your anxiety. Medication may be prescribed in conjunction with other therapies to remedy the problem. One of the supplements for anxiety commonly used is St John's Wort. A natural substance that many like to use instead of artificially manufactured drugs. There are reports of people taking a course of St John's Wort and never having to take medication again whereas anxiety sufferers taking pharmaceuticals have repeat bouts. A word of caution. Never self prescribe if you are also taking other prescription drugs. St John's Wort for instance might be classified as a pretty clean natural substance but it will not have been tested against the medication that you are already taking.

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Methods of Managing Anxiety - Yoga What are the benefits of Yoga for health and fitness? Yoga is an excellent way of managing anxiety through meditation combined with managing anxiety with exercise. It takes a while to master. Don't expect to feel the benefits immediately. It is a gradual process that helps you to gain control of your breathing, quieten your mind stretch out tight muscles. Learn and master the basics and meditate for the length of time that you are comfortable with. Methods of Managing Anxiety – Hypnotherapy Hypnotherapy for anxiety is an interesting area. Hypnosis for anxiety can be with a trained hypnotherapist or by self-hypnosis. The latter may sound strange but does work. Buy a CD or download an MP3 tile. Do not just buy a cheap relaxation disc. A title by a professionally trained hypnotherapist is not that expensive anyway. And once you have it you can listen to it many, many times. They are best listened to through headphones in a place where you are comfortable and not likely to be disturbed. Again be patient as it takes a short time for you to begin to trust the hypnotherapist and relax. When you do you will probably drift off to sleep until you hear the command to wake up! Don't worry, you will not have missed anything. This is the way the sessions are designed so that you will relax and absorb the teaching. Sleep is very important and enables our batteries to recharge and our bodies to repair. Self hypnosis titles can also help here.

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Methods of Managing Anxiety – Exercise Managing anxiety with exercise is another excellent solution. Don't think that this means spending hours at the gym. There is no better exercise than taking a walk in the fresh air. You will be surprised how your head clears, thoughts whizzing through your brain without you even realizing it. Methods of Managing Anxiety – Start a Project Start a project or take up a hobby. It does not have to hit the bank balance either. What about gardening, reading or going through your music collection? A DIY project will undoubtedly involve some expenditure but the feeling of satisfaction when completed successfully makes it worth while. A feel good moment! Methods of Managing Anxiety – What Not to Do One of the methods of managing anxiety often employed is to reach for a bottle of alcohol. Yes you may have a short period of elation but that in the vast majority of people soon turns to depression. Resist the urge, it is not how to deal with depression or anxiety. Lastly, do not suffer in silence. You are not on your own in any way. There are many others out there who are suffering from anxiety and there are professionals to advise on long term management anxiety programs and therapies. Visit The Health and Wellbeing Magazine for more articles.

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