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How to Control Your Anxiety

Updated on September 25, 2011

Do you often feel nervous, sweaty, shaky, and like your heart is about ready to jump out of chest? Do you often avoid people or crowds because you have panic attacks? Anybody who has lived with a anxiety disorder knows how it can affect and control their life, and knows how painful it can be. I know, because I suffered with manic depression and severe anxiety (panic attacks) for years. Below you find some useful tips on how to control your anxiety and how to prevent it from taking complete control of your life.

There are two main causes for anxiety which are:

The way you process your thoughts...

and the way you take care of your body.

Once you figure this out, controlling your anxiety gets a lot easier.

How To Control Your Anxiety

The most crucial step you can take in overcoming your anxiety is learning how to redirect your thoughts and focus on the present only. People who suffer from anxiety disorders and panic attacks seem to have a ruthless pessimistic knack for focusing on the past, future, and the negative. If you spend a lot of your time focusing on the past, future, and the negative, then you are literally opening up psychological doors of negative emotion within you--that will inflate your anxiety and make it worse. When you a suffer an anxiety attack, the first thing you need to do is take deep breathes, try to relax your body, and focus your mind on anything that isn't negative. You must increase your awareness level to these negative thoughts that seem to suddenly slip through the cracks of your mind when you least expect it. Every time you have a anxiety attack, there is something negative inside your mind and thought process that has triggered it. Control this, and you will learn how to defeat your anxiety for good. This isn't a easy task. It will take time and persistence for you to grow your awareness level high enough, so you can stop these negative thoughts and emotions dead in their tracks completely.

Imagine you are sitting a long side of a highway, and each car that goes racing by is a negative thought. Since this is make believe, let's say that you can choose to stop the cars instantly dead in their tracks. Let's say these cars are driven by demons and monsters and ghoulies coming to attack you, but with your pure "thought power" you can stop the cars from coming right at you and smearing you all over the curb. Further more, you can change the cars and highway into something more calm and happy--like a field of whisking grass full of trees growing with money. : ) This is the way you need to approach your thought process. Focus all you effort into living in the now and block out any negative thought from the past, or any fearful thought in the future. If you don't you will just keep pouring salt on your wounds! Make this into a game... a test... practice it like a Padawan practicing to become a Jedi, and you will see very outstanding results! This is the number one ultimate way on how to control your anxiety.

But that's not it. Studies show that people suffering from anxiety disorders may have vitamin defencies in Magnesium and vitimans B1, B6, and B12. Lacking these certain vitimans in your body over time can cause depression, anxiety, fatigue, and even diseases. Lack of Magnesium and vitimans B can have great effects on how your nervous system and brain functions, and their are millions of people today who are lacking these vitamins in their body and don't even know it. By aiding your body with Magnesium 400mg's daily, and vitamins B1, B6, and B12 you may find that your anxiety attacks won't be so severe--your brain has a easier time focusing on the positive--and you have more energy. I take all of these vitamins daily and they have helped me immensely. No joke. Try it.

Also beware of what you put in your body as it can effect your anxiety greatly. People suffering from anxiety disorders shouldn't drink alchohol or drink caffienated beverages because it will inflate their anxiety big time. Avoid alchohol and caffiene at all cost if you suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. It will only make it worse and effect you nervous system in the long run!

There's also a great amount of importance in getting enough sleep, and excercise. If you stay up to late, or miss a day or two of sleep, then your bodies going to take a toll and it's not going to help your anxiety get any better. Rest is very important. We need that time to heal ourselves inside and out. Excercising is just as important. Not only do you increase your strength and your stamina, but excercising also promotes healthy thought patterns and is good for your body and brain. Just like sex, excercising can have a placebo effect on your brain and cause you to think more positively.

Diet is also crucial for people who want to completely control their anxiety. Eating greasy fried foods and sugar may seem good, but it can have bad effects on a person who is suffering from anxiety. Eat veggie foods that are colorful and green. For protien, eat nuts and eat white meats like chicken and fish instead of redmeat.

If you follow all the above I guarentee you will start feeling much better and you will be on your way to controlling your anxiety for good and taking your life back!


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      jponline 6 years ago

      Your welcome.

    • profile image 6 years ago

      Thanks for the tips. I also suffer from anxiety. I am also bipolar. Any tips are a great asset. Thank you for sharing.

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      jponline 6 years ago

      Thanks Lyn

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      Lyn.Stewart 6 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

      voted up and interesting ... you have given some guidelines for people to try out and that is awesome.