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Living with Anxiety

Updated on April 11, 2017

Have you or someone you know suffered from anxiety disorder? If so, you can relate to my everyday struggle. There are many different types of anxiety disorders with the most common being generalized anxiety disorder also known as GAD. I for one deal with this type of anxiety and have been for many years now. I have searched dozens of websites looking for answers to my condition and falling short of answers. For all who suffer from anxiety disorders there are some options to learn how to cope with the everyday struggle. These are just a few things that have helped me cope with my condition.

Essential Lavender oil. This oil has helped calm me down during my episodes of anxiety and seems to calm me after I apply it to my wrist and the back of my neck.

Exercise. I try to walk wherever I may be in order to focus my thoughts on other things other than the way I'm feeling.

I take a nap. If I'm feeling very anxious I've found getting some sleep helps.

Drink water. I find that drinking water while have a panic attack helps. However take small sips.

Last but not least take a hot shower or bath. Allow yourself to take your time and let the warm water run on you and eventually your body will calm itself.

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      Denise W Anderson 

      17 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Anxiety is no fun! I, too, have struggled with it for many years. I have found that certain things trigger it, including large crowds, too much noise or visual stimulation, and relationship conflict. I have organized my home and my life so that things are very orderly and predictable. Facing the unknown will almost surely lead to anxiety for me. Like you, I find that daily exercise, eating healthy foods in small meals, getting plenty of rest, and adequate fluids go a long way in managing it.

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