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Anxiety Managing: Effective Ways To Manage Anxiousness

Have you ever been in a circumstance that brought on sweats, rapid heartbeat and shortness of breath? You probably weren’t having a heart attack but an anxiousness attack.  If you suffer from anxiousness disorders, learning to manage it is the first step to overcoming it.

Anxiousness is characterized as extreme reactions to fearful situations.  When someone follows you into a dark alley, those anxious feelings of a racing heartbeat and sweaty palms gives way to heightened senses and a rush of adrenalin that can save your life.  This is the fight or flight syndrome.

In the case of frequent anxiousness, the fearful feelings are dread of a particular circumstance and not the circumstance itself.  Getting caught in traffic can cause an anxiousness attack over what might happen when you get to work late.  Starting a new job can bring on anxiousness attacks.  You do not know anyone and fear of that unknown can send you into a panic.

Everyone experiences panic or anxiousness in small ways.  Like the fight or flight example, it can save your life.  In new situations, we get panicky but when the outcome we fear fails to materialize, the anxiousness stops.  For someone with chronic anxiousness, this isn’t the case.

Every circumstance that brings anxiousness is not life-threatening.  More than likely it is an extremely stressful circumstance that has brought on the anxiousness as a way of dealing with it.  Unchecked anxiousness of this type can lead to depression.

If you suffer from anxiousness attacks on occasion or a more frequent anxiousness disorder, there are steps you can take to keep your anxiousness under control.

1. See a professional.  This is always a good first step.  Self-diagnosis of any type of physical or mental condition is unwise and can be dangerous.  A professional psychologist can help you understand your anxiousness and prescribe medication or other effective techniques.

2. Get a good night’s sleep.  During the sleep cycle, your body repairs itself.  You feel more rested after several hours of restorative sleep, reaching the REM stage.  Most people need eight hours a night which varies within an hour or two each way.

3. Practice on a consistent basis.  Practice helps you to use oxygen more efficiently.  It helps to get more oxygen to the brain.  It also increases focus which may help you see solutions to problems rather than simply worrying about them.

4. Meditate.  Meditation is more than chanting mantras.  Yoga is an practice that involves quieting the mind and controlling your breathing.  Simple mediation such as taking 5 minutes to clear your mind everyday can work wonders in the fight against anxiousness.

5. Manage the worry.  When you feel your pulse start to quicken, count backwards from ten.  As you count, centre on the circumstance.  What has actually happened? Resist the urge to read anything more into the circumstance.

6. Do not use alcohol.  You might think that the glass of wine is relaxing your tension but alcohol is a depressant.  In anxious situations you could rely too heavily on it and gain another problem in the process.

7. Find some relaxing activities.  Stress can rob you of your energy.  On a regular basis, do something you like such as gardening, painting, reading or listening to music.

Anxiousness can come into your life at any time.  It’s normal.  When the anxiousness becomes frequent you could be at risk for more serious conditions.  If you feel your anxiousness is starting to take over your life or increasingly causing you problems, seek professional help immediately.  There is no need to suffer this terrible condition in silence.

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