How to Reduce Anxiety in 5 Easy Steps

By: Greg Frost

Anxiety is an emotion associated with fear and nervousness,and it develops into a disorder when such feelings are experiencedirrationally. Symptoms of anxiety disorders include chest pains, sweating, hotflushes and nausea, amongst other. However, these symptoms are very common andare often overlooked or wrongly diagnosed as some other illness such as heartattacks. ?

There are many different types of anxiety disorders, such aspost trauma anxiety disorder, panic anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorderand generalized anxiety disorder. If you suspect that you suffer from anxietydisorder, it is advisable to seek out a professional opinion and get treatment.

Below are some guidelines on how to reduce anxiety in 5 easysteps, but this is not meant as a cure or a treatment. Proper medical careshould be sought, and these tips can be used in addition to help you to copewith anxiety attacks.

Step 1: Relaxation Techniques

Learning to relax your body will help you to combat thesymptoms of anxiety attacks, such as racing heartbeat, sweating, tremors andmuscle tension. Pick up techniques such as meditation or muscle relaxation, anduse it to relax your body when you feel an anxiety attack coming along.

Step 2: Exercise

Exercising is always recommended for keeping your body fitand healthy. A healthy body will also have a positive effect on yourpsychological health, and will help you to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Youshould also ensure that you get sufficient rest for your body, and that youhave a relaxed environment where you can get uninterrupted rest for your bodyto recuperate at night.?

Step 3: Balanced Diet

A balanced diet is essential to providing your body with thenecessary nutrients needed to function optimally. Avoid taking in stimulantssuch as caffeine, or substances such as drugs, alcohol or cigarettes. Thesestimulants cause your heartbeat to speed up, and may trigger symptoms of youranxiety disorder.

Step 4: Seek Emotional Support

It is important to recognize that you have a problem, andnot be afraid to seek help from your family and close ones. Share with them thecause of your anxiety disorder, as this will help them to assist and supportyou in recovering from anxiety disorders. If possible, you should see aprofessional for counseling to eliminate the root of your anxiety problem.Support groups are also a good alternative to share and learn from others whosuffer from the same illness.

Step 5: Self Monitoring

You know yourself best, and this makes self monitoring ahighly effective process. Once you have identified the cause of your anxietyattacks, look out for the triggers that cause an attack to occur. This willhelp you to look for alternatives or solutions to avoid or solve possiblesituations which will trigger an attack.

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