Anxiety has become a common problem in today's fast-paced society. Though it seems that there are more gadgets and inventions than ever to supposedly help us live easier lives, anxiety still remains a growing problem. If you are suffering from anxiety, there are some things that you can do to ease the problem.
Sleep – It is essential that you get enough sleep in order to help combat anxiety. Adults should get from 6 to 8 hours of sleep each night (or day, depending on your schedule). Lack of sleep can wreak havoc with the nervous system.
Meditation – Meditation is something that everyone can practice. Find a quiet place and relax your mind and body for at least a half hour each day if possible. Play soft music if that helps. Meditation is a wonderful "mini vacation" from the stresses of everyday life.
Nutrition – Try to eat a balanced diet, and take vitamin and mineral supplements each day if necessary. A healthy body is better able to cope with stress and anxiety.
Exercise – Studies have proven that regular exercise can release stress-relieving endorphins into our bodies, improving our moods and increasing our ability to deal with stress.
Counseling – If anxiety is interfering with your life, it can help to seek counseling. A licensed psychiatrist or psychologist can help you to deal with the underlying problems that may be causing your anxiety.
Medication – Once again, if anxiety is interfering with your everyday life, your doctor may be able to prescribe medication that can help. Anti-anxiety or antidepressant medication can be beneficial if combined with counseling and other self-help therapies, such as those mentioned above. Be aware, however, that relieving stress through medication should be seen as a short-term therapy; one that can help while you are working on other solutions.