Anxiety can affect you emotionally, mentally and physically while leaving you feeling like you can’t function. Here are 5 ways to help manage anxiety.
Anxiety affects 40 million adults in the United States alone causing billions of dollars per year in medical expenses and loss of productivity. Yet, we don’t treat mental health as seriously as we do with our physical health. If you’re feeling anxious don’t worry – this too shall pass. In the meantime, we’ve rounded up five ways to help manage anxiety.
This doesn’t mean to ignore any underlying causes of anxiety. Distract yourself by not allowing yourself to dwell on the anxiety you are experiencing. Force yourself to go to dinner with a friend or go out to run those errands you’ve been putting off. Allowing yourself to sit and think about your anxiety will only allow it to get worse.
Exercise can often give immediate relief to anxiety. No matter if it’s a run around the block or a planned gym routine, exercise is shown to help manage anxiety. In numerous studies, exercise is shown to be as effective as medication in helping to manage anxiety.
Meditation is proven to help quiet your mind and relax. An added benefit of relaxation and a quiet mind is anxiety relief. Meditation can help manage anxiety by training the brain to focus on the present moment. Through practice, when an anxiety attack comes on, you will be able to bring yourself back to nothingness.
Review Your Diet
A healthy diet is essential to helping you to manage your anxiety. A large study encompassing 1,000 women over 10 years found that a traditional Western diet with vegetables, fruits, fish, whole grains and lean meats actually lowered anxiety and depression. The less processing and added ingredients the better it is for your anxiety.
Talk It Out
Cognitive behavior therapy is the treatment of choice for all anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, known as CBT, is a form of therapy based on the concept that the way someone views a situation or event is more connected to their reaction than the actual situation or event itself.
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