Helpful Strategies to Overcome Anxiety

Anxiety and other mental health conditions are just as important as any other medical problem. If you broke your leg, you wouldn't just sit at home and say, "Oh, it will be okay. I don't need to see a doctor", you would instantly go to the hospital. So why avoid seeking help for anxiety? 

Seeking Help

If you are struggling with anxiety, you should definitely reach out to someone. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength. If you have physical symptoms that accompany your anxiety, such as heart palpitations, chest pain, numbness, etc., a good first step is going for a check up with your normal doctor to make sure those symptoms are just the result of your anxiety. Once you get that conformation, you can take the next step to try and reduce them.

If you don't want to be put on medication and can manage without it, there are counselors you can go to for advice and support. They are different from psychologists, and can not prescribe medication. They will help you find ways to manage your symptoms and provide a listening ear when you need it. 

If counseling doesn't help, you may need to look into finding a psychologist. Some anxiety may be too severe and interfere with daily life too much, and medication may be necessary. If it is, talk with your doctor and together you can figure out the right course of action. 

Every one is different, and the effects of anxiety can be different on different people. Do what's best for you and don't feel ashamed for seeking help. 

Tricks To Manage Anxiety

Through my journey of dealing with anxiety, I have picked up some useful tips and tricks from my counselor. The most useful to me is a technique called crowding. Crowding forces your brain to focus on something other than your anxiety. Make a list A-Z or things like car brands, or travel destinations. You should make the lists difficult enough that you need to think to find an answer, but not so difficult that it takes you ten minutes to think of something.

Breathing exercises can help tremendously during a panic attack. Focus on taking slow, deep breaths. There are many different breathing techniques out there on the world wide web. Try looking them up and try a few different techniques to find the one that works best for you.

Often with anxiety, it is easy to lose sight of the good things in life. Every night before you go to bed, take the time to list 3-5 good things that happened that day. They don't have to be huge things. An example could be that you ate your favorite food, or listened to a song you liked but haven't heard for a while. By doing this, it might make it easier to see the good things even when you're not feeling so great. 

These tips and tricks may not work for everyone, considering all cases are different. If they don't work for you, try looking up some other suggestions online or scheduling an appointment with your counselor/psychologist and asking for their advice.

If you're struggling with the with anxiety, don't give up. By seeking out help, you remind yourself that you're never truly alone. 

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