Shawn Maguire is a licensed therapist in Oklahoma City, OK.

How To Win The War Against Anxiety

So many people around the world have miserable lives because of anxiety. Anxiety is a difficult issue to deal with and people are often hesitant to seek help. Luckily, the following article has some great information that can help anyone get their anxiety under control.

When you are suffering from an anxiety attack, you may be tempted to self-medicate yourself with prescription drugs or alcohol. This is the last thing you should do. It may seem to work well for a while, but it can cause long-term problems with drug addiction and alcoholism.

When you are suffer from anxiety attacks, you need to make sure that you eat on a regular basis. Do not wait too long to eat, or skip meals. This helps you maintain a consistent blood sugar level, and will eliminate many of your high anxiety states. If you do feel hungry, keep a healthy snack handy to moderate your blood sugar.

If you want to avoid taking anti-depressants to relieve the symptoms of your anxiety, then you should try engaging in sports that will make you sweat, like biking and swimming. Doing this has a natural anti-depressant effect, and then you should be able to get your mood into to improve.

Use goals to help manage anxiety. If you set a goal for each day of the week, you will have something to work toward. Doing this will keep your mind off of anxiety and worry, reducing the amount of anxiety that you feel each day. Life can be as good as you want it to be.

When you start feeling anxious in public, find ways to distract yourself. When in line at the store, start looking at the items hanging near you or the products in your basket. Observe the ceiling, count the number of checkstands, and do anything else you can to preoccupy your mind and keep it from dwelling on anxious thoughts.

Help others whenever you have a chance. If you see someone that needs help, ask them. You may also find an opportunity to help out family and friends by simply asking them if they need anything. This will keep your mind off of anxiety and will help you feel better about yourself.

Learn how to release anxious feelings with the help of emotional releasing techniques. Learn The Sedona Method or the Emotional Freedom Technique. These methods help you get to the root of your anxiety, and keep releasing it until you are completely relaxed. The information on these methods is either free or low-cost and can be found through a web search.

No one wants to admit that they have an issue with anxiety. It can be embarrassing to be sweaty, nervous, clammy, and jittery in front of other people. You can avoid this somewhat by knowing what things make you so anxious and either working on facing your fears or avoiding situations that will bring them about.

Don’t look at yourself in the mirror. This does not help at all when you are suffering a panic attack. It can really be detrimental, and you are trying to keep everything positive. During a panic attack, your vision can distort itself, and this is not helpful to your perception of self-image.

Staying away from alcohol, foods and drinks that contain caffeine, may be wise if you suffer from anxiety. Both of these items contain ingredients that can set off and make anxiety much worse. Try drinking more water, instead and try out decaffeinated versions of your favorite beverages, such as, coffee.

Unchecked anxiety can literally ruin your life. This article strives to improve that by providing tools to combat anxiety. Ensure you keep a copy of this article close by so that you can easily reference to it when you need to.

Shawn Maguire is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Oklahoma City, OK. Find out if marriage counseling is for you.

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