- Familiarize yourself and become an expert on the topic.
There are specific coping mechanisms that are recommended for dealing with a range of anxiety symptoms. If you feel that you are suffering from anxiety try to get as much information on related treatment methods as you can. If need be, consult mental health professionals, surf related Internet sites and try to master preferred treatment techniques. Many sites offer practical self-help methods.
2. Find a good listener.
The burden of anxiety is much heavier when you bear it alone. Try to talk with friends or family members about things that are troubling you. Sometimes we find ourselves trapped in a never-ending cycle of anxiety and negative thoughts. An objective perspective on things can help us organize our thoughts and see things in a different light.
3. Learn relaxation techniques and the benefits of exercise.
Much of anxiety is physical. This can be experienced through excessive perspiration, rapid heartbeat or stomachaches. Current research suggests that anxiety is partially due to these symptoms. Therefore, in order to reduce stress we must help our bodies relax. Physical activity alleviates tension and releases mood improving hormones. Try to include regular physical activity in your daily schedule.
4. Make time for enjoyable activities.
People who experience anxiety disorders often become completely overwhelmed. This can create a vicious cycle: being preoccupied by anxiety will cause more anxiety. Carving out some free time to do an activity that you enjoy can be helpful in breaking this cycle. Make sure that you take some time every day for an enjoyable activity, and try to refrain from thinking about the things that make you anxious during this time. You don’t have to take a long period of time – often an hour is sufficient. At first it may be difficult to do but gradually you will discover this hour to be a pleasant and revitalizing respite from the rest of your day.
5. Stick to a regular routine.
A regular routine can be helpful for those suffering from anxiety disorders. Not having to make so many decisions can reduce some pressure. In addition, it may be easier to deal with your anxiety if you are firmly established in a routine and have a fixed schedule.
6. Seek professional help if necessary.
When you feel that the anxiety is adversely affecting your quality of life, or disrupting your daily functioning and taking up too much of your time, seek professional help.