Anxiety can be a perfectly normal reaction to the stresses of everyday life but t should not be something that controls your life or limits your ability to live life. If you are finding that your anxiety is becoming overwhelming or interfering with your ability to enjoy life, then this article can help you get your life back on track.
Avoid leaning on drugs or alcohol to treat your anxiety, as this will only lead to other problems. Anxiety should be treated professionally, or dealt with in a manner conducive to your well being. In addition, relying on substances to get over anxiety will cause you to become addicted and even worsen your anxiety.
A useful technique to manage anxiety about an event, or condition is to deliberately exaggerate, the outcome beyond all reason. Relate your concerns out loud to a friend, but describe the outcome you fear with as much emotion, and dramatic detail as you possibly can. When you are done, do it again. While it seems odd, research has shown that deliberately exaggerating the consequences that you fear, will often desensitize you to the trigger, helping you experience the absurdity of it all. This can allow you to place your concerns in a more realistic light.
If you begin to feel an anxiety attack coming on while you are driving, pull over and stop your car, as soon as possible. Take some deep breaths, close your eyes, and wait for it to pass. Anxiety attacks are common when you are at the wheel and have been known to cause accidents.
It may seem like alcohol helps with anxiety, but it really is the opposite. Even though when you have a few drinks you anxiety seems to vanish, when you become dependent on it you actually create more anxiety. This is because you have to find ways to get more, and eventually become more sick than you were.
Breathing techniques are one of the best ways that you can reduce all physical stress that causes anxiety as the day wears on. Take long, deep breaths during the day to let your body acquire the oxygen that it needs to function properly. Engaging in this breathing pattern helps stabilize mood and reduces tension.
Laughter really is the best medicine. Laughter has long had a reputation for being good for the mind. If you have ever seen contagious laughter in action, you know this to be true. The next time you feel anxiety and worry building up, put on your favorite funny movie or album of stand-up comedy. Even if you don’t feel like it when it starts, you will quickly find yourself in a better mood by the end.
A recently written book entitled “How to Live in Fear: Mastering the Art of Freaking Out” was written by a pastor who has suffered from anxiety for much of his life. You wouldn’t normally expect a pastor who regularly speaks in front of thousands of people weekly to have problems with anxiety. However, it is something he’s worked hard at being able to manage, and he’s written a book to share his techniques for coping when anxiety hits.
As previously mentioned, anxiety is a normal reaction to many of the stresses in life. But it is not normal to experience anxiety to the extent that it takes over your life and limits you. If you have anxiety that is pervasive, then use the information and tips from this article to help you gain control over it and return to a mare relaxed life.