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Don't Allow Anxiety Disorders to Control Your life!

Updated on February 1, 2012

Do we have a choice between an anxious or calm environment?

Peaceful moments in time are healthy for the mind, body and soul
Peaceful moments in time are healthy for the mind, body and soul | Source

Stressful Events and Situations Cause Anxiety for Many

If you are living a stressful lifestyle that is creating anxiety, you must find creative ways to make time for yourself, or remove yourself from anxious events, or situations. Much stress and worry leads many to anxiety symptoms with feelings associated of panic attacks. If certain persons, places or things cause you to worry, create undue stress and unbearable anxiety, you must find ways to change your environmental situation.

The most natural way to self treat for anxiety is to identify the cause of your ill-health feelings and remove the cause/situation(s) that are creating the stressful anxiety response. I know, easier said than done for most of us. If this is not possible you must seek professional treatment to find ways to alleviate the anxiety stress by understanding what is triggering the internal/external symptoms. If there are certain habits, or behaviors identified causing anxiety through specialist intervention for example, you can learn to control certain types of environmental stimulus, habits, or behaviors that are the cause of the physical ill-health anxiety symptoms.

Through this understanding one can learn to modify, or remove internal and external stress by learning cognitive (thought) awareness, behavioral/habit modification and casual removal associations to change an anxiety outcome.

It appears in many cases, individuals can learn to change habits and behaviors through a natural process of removing an identified anxiety stress stimulus. Once the anxiety trigger mechanism has been identified and removed; anxiety symptoms are alleviated and for many go away completely never to return.

The mind is a powerful self-healing instrument. If you have strong desire, faith and will power you can change your stress anxiety situation and rid yourself of this disorder. But not without the challenges of making a significant life change, and/or lifelong commitment! You simply must have the will power to believe you can make change for yourself by believing you can change and make change around you! And if you don’t have the will power to make a change for your health’s sake and for your family, seek professional medical support and treatment for your disorder before it takes control of your life. To do any less would be to live in unnecessary pain that need not be!

Self-Help Tips to Alleviate your Anxiety

1. Identify and remove yourself from fearful, stressful, uncomfortable situations where physical or emotional symptoms of discomfort are felt.

2. Do you have emotional support to discuss stressful or anxious situations? Emotional support whether a good friend or professional is important in helping to identify what brings on the feelings of anxiety. Also, to have someone you can confide in provides a level of comfort that will reduce anxiety and help target, or identify potential situations, behavior, or habit that may be creating the anxiety.

3. Are you able to plan for vacations, take off days to relax, work a hobby, read a good book or exercise? Finding quite time to relax, meditate, or participate in self interest activities that provides the necessary time to unwind? This quality time allows one to reflect in a positive environment to focus; process and reflect on what’s important in life. And when this time is made available, many times generates solutions to alleviate anxiety conditions in a way that does not occur otherwise.

4. Do you have help when you feel over loaded with too much work? If not, you must make time to discuss work overload and the worry associated and leading to daily anxiety. If work overload issues are creating a situation that is unhealthy it is necessary to discuss these issues with your supervisor, manager, significant other, therapist or HR representative. If you don’t, your health will most likely take a turn for the worst, which is not good for you, your family, or employer.

5. If you do not take care of your body it can impact brain function. And when this occurs, for many the psychosomatic (mind/body: body/mind) relationship can experience anxiety symptomatic of panic attacks. If mood is depressed due to extended physically stressful environment for example; depression can become chronic. And with chronic depression, the mind also connects the body (biologically) to become depressed and anxious simultaneously. Continued on this path for too long and untreated is a pathological gateway to other forms of illness and disease.

6. Habits/behaviors - It should also be noted if you consume alcohol, caffeine, smoke cigarettes, use certain types of drugs: Over-the-counter medications, prescriptions or recreational drugs may contribute and compound your anxiety disorder. Also negative behavioral social patterns coupled with bad habits place many in unhealthy and uncomfortable environments where fear, guilt and social confrontations is part of the anxiety mix. These types of experiences can cause and contribute to more anxiety as opposed to alleviating the anxiety. Talk with your doctor about use of any of these vices, or current prescriptions to see if one, or in combination with something else you consume may be a contributing trigger mechanism to your anxiety.

7. If your levels of fear and distress are severe see your doctor. Your doctor may then provide further treatment using a combination of consulting, prescription drugs with further follow up by a therapist that is specialized in anxiety disorders to devise a course of treatment. Or a treatment program that does not use drugs, or partial use of drug intervention.

Anxiety Disorder(s) Treatment, Other Information Sources

1. Call the national alliance on Mental Illness at 1-800-950-6264

2. Ask a doctor or nurse for anxiety disorder referrals.

3. Search on-line under specific type of anxiety disorder listed above, or general anxiety websites for your particular condition.

4. Check your local library and research books listed under anxiety for check out.

5. Contact your local university psychology department for local support, group programs, university funded programs, etc.


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      Marc Woodard 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Taking long walks daily is my stress-anxiety allieviator. And any anxiety I may feel throughout the day melts away after each walk. I do note, when I miss two days of cardio exercise, I can feel more stress which appears to trigger various levels of anxiety throughout my day.

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      Theresa Kennedy 6 years ago from Minnesota

      Thanks SO very much for this hub- voted up and rated awesome! It is very timely for myself as well as my sister. I will be sharing this with her. Thanks again and hope you are well!

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      Multiman 6 years ago

      Voted up, I found your article both useful and interesting. I worry a lot and it can get really anxious at times. Some of the tips I know, a few I found new and will try.