Anxiety Prevention & Treatment

Published: February 2, 2012

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How to Prevent Against This

Preventative measures and treatments will vary based on a person's age and situation. Anxiety affects people differently, and if you experience chronic anxiety, you may notice that certain behaviors trigger emotions of stress, nervousness, worry, or fear.

A regular fitness and exercise routine can help people relieve stress. When you exercise, you release endorphins and free yourself from tension. During periods of intense activity, you can take your mind off the stressful situations in life to focus on leisure. If you can, try to incorporate a stretching routine so that you can stay flexible and relieve stress-related muscle tension.

You do not need to exercise for hours for an effective workout. For the most part, even a quick walk outside is enough to make you feel significantly better. After a stressful day at work, make it a point to take a walk or to spend a few minutes doing aerobic exercise on a treadmill, elliptical machine, or bike. Some people even enjoy swimming outside or at the gym. Try to exercise regularly, even on days that you do not feel stressed, anxious, or worried. Find an activity that makes you happy.

If you notice that your anxiety is persisting and starting to grow out of control, you should see a doctor immediately. A doctor can help you gain control over your emotions and thoughts in order to prevent the condition from becoming worse. Be aggressive in your treatment, and be honest about your symptoms so that your doctor can help you immediately.

Diet Tips

Avoid smoking, chewing, or consuming products that contain tobacco. The nicotine found in tobacco products can make the symptoms of anxiety become worse. Nicotine is a stimulant that can affect chemical reactions in your body, including your brain. When you consume nicotine, your blood vessels may become constricted, and your heart will have trouble pumping blood through the body. Consider quitting smoking and using tobacco if you can.

When you stop using tobacco, you might feel higher levels of restlessness and anxiety. Many people will experience an adjustment or withdrawal period for several days. During this time, you may feel irritable, upset, and angry. Understand and remind your loved ones that these symptoms are normal.

Do not use alcohol to treat your anxiety. It's true that alcohol can make you feel relaxed, but relying can alcohol can cause you to develop a dependency. You'll end up with long-term physical damage as a result of alcoholism. Many people develop depression as a result of anxiety, and alcohol tends to make depression worse.

Treatment & Relief Methods

If you feel that your anxiety is spiraling out of control, you should reach out to a medical professional or loved one. Sometimes, it can be helpful just to share your thoughts with your friend or family member, especially if you are afraid of visiting a doctor. It's tough to acknowledge that you have a problem that is out of control, and sometimes, a loved one can help you rationalize whether or not you should seek help. In no way do friends and family provide a substitute counseling or professional care. Regardless, your loved ones and peers will be an excellent support system while you seek treatment and medical help.

In general, treatment involves a combination of medication and counseling. Some people will benefit from counseling alone. Other people improve with a combination of medication and counseling sessions that are less frequent.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a specialized form of counseling that helps people to restructure thoughts and patterns in their lives. After a while, anxiety becomes a type of habit, and you maybe find yourself dealing with a routine that is difficult or impossible to escape. Through CBT, medical professionals will strive to correct these thoughts and behaviors.

Treatment typically takes several months or years. Because anxiety is a habit or routine, the symptoms can be difficult to reverse or correct.

Sometimes, anxiety can exacerbate other heart or blood pressure conditions. A medical professional will need to assess your symptoms and treat you for these conditions as well.

Anxiety is a type of personality trait. It is either short term or long term. In general, long term traits are more integrated with a person's personality and more difficult to treat and overcome. You will need to commit to recommendations for treatment in order to recover and improve.

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