What You Can Do When Dealing with Anxiety

One in five Americans deals with some form of anxiety disorder at some point in their life. Anxiety is actually among the most common mental health concerns, but many are still unaware that what they are, in fact, experiencing is anxiety. Many shrug it off as just feeling worried about something. 


Anxiety often manifests as:

  • Racing thoughts
  • Difficulty in focusing
  • Difficulty controlling worrying thoughts
  • Feeling on-edge
  • Sleeping problems
  • Digestive issues
  • Muscle tension

When left untreated, anxiety can undoubtedly get in the way of your daily life and make usual tasks extremely overwhelming and stressful. 


How can you deal with stress, then? How can you ask for help? Your trusted anxiety and depression therapist shares some tips:


1. Choose what matters to you.


When you're stressed, you may feel like you need to take on more responsibilities. To de-stress, you should do the opposite and focus on what's important.


What doesn't matter should be delegated to other people. For example, having a clean home may not be as important to you as spending time with your children.


Think about what you like doing and find ways to spend time doing that with those you love.


This will help you feel better and be less stressed.


2. Take care of your health.


Stress can affect your health in a variety of ways. It can raise your blood pressure, increase your risk of heart diseases, cause headaches, and even worsen the pain. It's important to learn how to deal with stress as best as you can by choosing healthy activities and habits.


Exercise, for example, has many benefits, including reducing stress. It also helps you sleep better, regulates your digestive system, helps you lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, improves your mood, and even helps you live longer.


3. Don't beat yourself up.


When you're stressed or anxious, you may feel like you're being too hard on yourself. You may criticize yourself for not being productive enough or for not being able to do certain things.


Instead of telling yourself, "I shouldn't be feeling this way," simply notice the feeling of stress or anxiety. Tell yourself that you are having the feeling and that it will end. You don't need to worry about what caused the feelings or what you did or didn't do to cause them.


4. Have a loved one check on you regularly.


When you're anxious, you may feel like you can't talk to anyone about it. Chances are, you can. Be honest with yourself and with others about what you're going through.


Have an honest, open, and compassionate dialogue with others. Ask for help. Your friends and family don't have to know everything that's going on. They just need to know when they can help.


5. Seek help. 


Having someone understand your situation can make a huge difference. A therapist can work with you and help you cope with stress and anxiety. A therapist will help you understand what's going on and provide you with the tools to deal with it.


If you're going through anxiety and depression and want help, don't be afraid to ask for it.


Conclusion


Changing your perception of stress is just a start. You also need to understand what's happening in your body when it's strained so that you will take the right steps yourself to reduce it and eliminate it.


If you are worried that you or your loved one is suffering from an anxiety disorder, seek help now and get anxiety counseling. 


No one's perfect, and we all deserve to live healthy, happy, meaningful lives.


VCounselors offer virtual anxiety counseling to anyone who wants to achieve better mental health and needs help dealing with their anxiety, depression, or other issues. Contact us today to schedule your counseling!