I have several friends who have been diagnosed with anxiety disorders. They’re just a handful of the more than 3 million cases reported every year in the U.S. While the term, “anxiety disorder” may not be familiar to you, the following examples might. Anxiety disorders include panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Symptoms often include stress that’s out of proportion to the impact of the event, inability to set aside a worry and restlessness.
Since anxiety disorders are so widespread, I’m sure there are tons of people looking for ways to cope. I know my friends are. And while I realize there are medications that can be prescribed by a doctor, there are other self-help type things someone living with anxiety can do, in tandem with their medication and therapy.
- Change your eating habits – No, really. Stop eating all those greasy, no good, fatty bacon cheeseburgers. When you change your eating habits to healthier food and drink options, your mind will feel more clear and hopefully your anxiety levels will become somewhat manageable as your body’s daily nutritional needs are met.
- Maintain a good sleep schedule – You can continue staying up late, and then getting up at the crack of dawn. A lack of sleep eventually wears on you – mentally and physically. Start to maintain a solid sleep schedule by going to bed around the same time each night and waking around the same time each morning. And, be sure you get enough sleep. The average adult needs anywhere between 7 – 9 hours of sleep. When your body gets adequate rest on a regular schedule, your level of anxiety may lessen.
- Challenge your mindset – You have to fight off those negative thought patterns. Every. Single. Day. I know it’s hard and they can creep up on you at any time. But when they do, focusing on something positive might cause your anxiety to diminish.
- Learn what scenarios trigger anxiety – If you’re living with an anxiety disorder, this may be the most important thing you can do. Work hard to figure out what scenarios trigger your anxiety and try to avoid them. If you can’t, at least try to be more aware of them and if you find yourself in one, take proactive measures to avoid an anxiety attack. Once you learn what triggers your anxiety, you can prepare yourself and hopefully successfully fight off an attack.
With all this said, there really is no one size fits all solution when it comes to learning how to manage anxiety – be it on your own, or under the care of a medical professional. Each person that has anxiety experiences different symptoms and triggers. But, I really think everyone can take at least one of these tips and tailor it to meet their specific needs and with any luck live a happier life.
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. Just a girl with and opinion and access to the Internet.