Most of us get nervous or scared about the future sometimes. But what if it is a constant worry? Millions of Americans find that they suffer from generalized anxiety disorder or GAD. There are many different subsets of anxiety disorders as well, from mild anxiety to full-on panic disorders. If you have been diagnosed with, or suspect you have GAD, you may want to look into the different treatments and tips there are out there to help relieve your symptoms.
1) See a Professional
One of the best ways to know how to treat your anxiety symptoms is by seeing a professional. They will help you describe your symptoms. Therapists and psychiatrists assess the details of your situation to know how best to treat it.
A popular method of treatment that psychiatrists specialize in is prescription drugs. It can take time for pills to start to work but, it’s still worth a shot. It can be especially helpful if you are dealing with anxiety caused by a chemical imbalance.
Psychiatrists can also prescribe other methods. These could be things like TMS for General Anxiety Disorder. This method involves using magnetic stimulation to effectively activate the different parts of the brain. It’s non-invasive and has fewer side effects than traditional medication. There are plenty of options that doctors can provide for you if you are willing to try them!
If the root of your anxiety stems from specific situations, or you believe talking it out will benefit your mental health, try a therapist. You can schedule appointments to talk about your feelings and situations in a judgment-free environment. Good therapists will be able to help you think through your problems logically, while also taking your feelings into account. This is just another great option for people with generalized anxiety disorders.
2) Change Your Diet
It’s no secret that eating junk food not only affects your body physically, but it can also cause harsh mental symptoms as well.
One of the best ways to reduce anxiety is to change the things that you’re drinking. Staying hydrated every day can help you feel better in no time.
Caffeinated drinks like coffee and soda are proven to spike anxiety levels. This is because things like caffeine and sugar are stimulants, which can cause more activity in the brain and ultimately make you more anxious. They can also cause heart palpitations and panic attacks if you drink too much of them!
3) Practice Deep Breathing
Just taking a moment to catch your breath can help you calm your mind in a major way. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to know any fancy exercises to help you breathe correctly. Just keeping even, deep breaths is enough to get your body and mind centered in the right place.
4) Don’t Fight It
If you have an anxiety disorder, you have to realize that it’s a part of you as much as your personality or mannerisms are. It’s not something you can cure easily or turn on and off. The sooner you accept that your anxiety is just a part of your life, the sooner you can learn to live with it in a manageable and healthy way.
This doesn’t mean that you should give in to your anxiety or its symptoms. It just means that you have to work hard to feel present and at peace with your environment, accepting it’s just another way of helping yourself calm down and seeing things in a rational light.
You don’t have to be at the mercy of your mental disorders. Researching your options on how to get help for your mental health is the first step in creating a happy, healthy life for yourself. Never be afraid to seek help from friends, family, or medical professionals.
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Trenton J. Smith
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