Anxiety is one of the most common mental illnesses. Anxiety is a normal reaction to many situations, but can become excessive (as in obsessive-compulsive disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder). According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 43 million Americans were diagnosed with some type of mental illness in the past year.
While there is no true quick fix, there are a few things you can do to make living with anxiety easier:
Whether you talk quietly to yourself or sit down and have a conversation with a loved one, talking through your anxiety can help you get through it. Seeking the help of a professional is sometimes best, especially if you need help taking hold of your anxiety disorder. Focus your energy on controlling your anxiety rather than giving in to it.
Seek balance in everything that you do in life. Eat a balanced diet, maintain a regular workout schedule, and get the proper amount of sleep every night. If you maintain a schedule, keep it organized so that you know what’s coming. Getting ahead of your anxiety will help you manage it better.
By focusing the energy from an anxiety attack on a positive activity, you are not only taking your mind away from your stress, but putting that energy to good use. Avoid letting your anxiety take over whatever activity you had planned, whether it’s a family adventure to an indoor water park or a quick trip to the gym. If you push these activities to the side, you only give yourself more time to focus on your anxiety attack.
Deep breathing is one of the most powerful ways to take control of an anxiety attack. Take the time to think about why you are feeling anxious. Analyze all of your churning thoughts. By doing so, you’ll be able to recognize irrational worries and effectively eliminate them. This will help alleviate the stress you are feeling from your anxiety attack.
Practice deep breathing exercises on a daily basis. Master technique, whether through deep meditation or yoga, and you will be better prepared to handle an anxiety attack when it happens.