How to Combat Anxiety

How to Combat Anxiety

Anxiety is a big problem in today’s society. Perhaps this because most people live under a tremendous amount of pressure. We have too much to worry about. We worry about whether or not we will do a good job. We worry about whether or not we will get where we need to go on time. We worry about whether or not we are good parents, good friends, good spouses. So how can you deal with your anxiety? Well, here are a few tips for you to consider.

Meditate

Having a daily meditation practice can be a great way to get rid of anxiety in your life. When you take even a few moments to quiet your mind and center yourself, it can really ground you in your body. You will be reminded to breathe and to be here now, which brings me to my next tip.

Be in the Moment

This is the most important way to combat anxiety. When you have anxiety, you are worried about the future. When you are in the moment, however, the future does not exist. Ask yourself “what is the problem I have¬†at this moment?”¬†And you will often find that actually, you are in a warm bed and there are no problems.

Bring More Joy Into Your Life

One of the best ways to decrease anxiety is to involve yourself in more things that you enjoy. For example, if you really love going for walks, go for more walks. If you love playing board games with your friends or family, maybe put together a game night. If you love going bowling, go bowling more often. Take the time to take care of yourself and do the things that you enjoy.

Medication

If you have tried to make lifestyle changes and nothing has helped, you may need medication for anxiety. Benzodiazepines like Xanax and Klonopin can be very effective for acute anxiety. (They are not meant for long-term use except in the most extreme cases as they can be highly addictive. And you should also keep in mind that benzodiazepine withdrawal – Xanax withdrawal, Valium withdrawal, etc. – can be very dangerous, sometimes even fatal.)

There are a lot of different solutions for the problem of anxiety. The best thing to do is to seek out the help of a therapist and/or psychiatrist. He or she will be able to advise you on the best solution for your unique situation.

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