How to Cope With Anxiety

Anxiety can be a very normal part of life. After all, who doesn’t feel anxious at a job interview or when on the altar and about to say, “I do.” However, some people suffer from abnormally high amounts of anxiety that adversely effect their ability to function in life. Things that you and I take for granted can cause considerable concern for people with anxiety disorder. These individuals can also spend great periods of time agonizing about what has happened in their lives and also what could happen, even when there is no obvious, logical reason for them to worry.

If you suffer from anxiety, here are some things that can help make things a bit better:

Exercise

This helps to keep you fit, while also generating dopamine, the feel good brain chemical, which can help to make you more relaxed.

Cut Back on Alcohol

This may seem to relax you in the short term, but it is a depressant and can actually lead to more anxiety.

Beware of Triggering Situations and People

Think about the situations and individuals who make your anxiety worse. Do your best to limit your exposure or avoid them altogether.

Eat Properly

It can be very tempting to indulge in comfort foods, but the high amounts of sugar and caffeine will just increase your anxiety level.

Take Deep Breaths

It sounds like nothing, but closing your eyes and taking slow, deep breaths can be a very effective way to relax.

Call a Friend

Do you have a friend or family member you feel comfortable with? If so, call or visit with them.

See a Therapist

If you have not already, make an appointment. Therapists can help you to come up with a treatment plan to make your life easier. They may also recommend certain lifestyle changes or medications that will aid you in restoring balance.