If you find that you often feel a little anxious about an upcoming event, or that you just have a general raised feeling of anxiety, you are not alone. It is now incredibly common for people to feel anxious on a daily basis, and it’s actually a health problem like any other. As a health problem, there are solutions, and you will be pleased to hear that these solutions are becoming more and more powerful and concrete as time goes on. In this post, we are going to discuss anxiety, specifically what you can expect to do about it in order to release its stronghold over your mind and body, so that you can once again live as fully as possible and face your fears with true pride.
Be Careful If You Self-Medicate
One of the first things you need to be aware of is that you can often make things much worse for yourself by self-medicating. While it might seem as though you can make things better, often you end up only actually delaying the anxiety, and in some cases actively worsening it for good. A classic example here is with marijuana, a common kind of self-medication which people everywhere use for anxiety and other concerns. But before you go to your local marijuana store, you will want to consider the very real possibility that smoking too much will actually make your anxiety worse in the long run. The point is, it is always something of a gamble, whilst regulated medication from your doctor is less so. You need to be careful with self-medication, and make sure you know what you are doing.
Learn To Breathe
A lot of people feel that it is a little patronizing to suggest they can’t breathe, but the truth is that there are two types of breathing: the automatic kind you do all the time, and a learned kind which can be used whenever you feel it is necessary in order to keep your mind and your body as calm as possible. This kind of breathing is generally in through the nose and out through the mouth, and that combined with a deep breath into the belly rather than the lungs often helps calm you down quickly. Spend some time learning this technique, so that you can use it when your anxiety crops up and rears its ugly head again.
Keep Stress Away
For many people, anxiety may be nipped in the bud by merely ensuring that they work hard to keep stress away in the first place. You might think that stress is a necessary byproduct of life, but actually if you are stressed then that means that there is something wrong. It is a sad indictment of our culture that we take stress to be necessary or even somehow noble. Instead, do what you can to keep stress at bay as much as possible. You will find that helps stop your anxiety much more powerfully and completely than you might have imagined.