Do you have consistent feelings of anxiety or panic attacks? Do you get socially anxious,  have performance anxiety, or even trouble in engaging in day-to-day life because of anxiety? Anxiety is a cognitive, behavioral, and biological problem that is best described as excessive fear. That-fear can be due to specific reasons (such as a fear of heights), for general reasons (such as excess stress from work or life), or for no specified reason (such as the body responding to stimuli through generalized panic attacks).

Physical symptoms can occur such as hypertension, increased blood pressure, hot flashes, chest pains, tiredness, headaches, shortness of breath, and stomach problems (many people confuse their first anxiety attack with a heart attack). Cognitive-behavioral therapy has been shown to be as effective as medication.

Try these when you’re feeling anxious or stressed:

  • Take a time-out. Practice yoga, listen to music, meditate, get a massage, or learn relaxation techniques. Stepping back from the problem helps clear your head.

  • Eat well-balanced meals. Do not skip any meals. Do keep healthful, energy-boosting snacks on hand.

  • Limit alcohol and caffeine, which can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks.

  • Get enough sleep. When stressed, your body needs additional sleep and rest.

  • Exercise daily to help you feel good and maintain your health. Check out the fitness tips below.

  • Take deep breaths. Inhale and exhale slowly.

  • Count to 10 slowly. Repeat, and count to 20 if necessary.

  • Do your best. Instead of aiming for perfection, which isn’t possible, be proud of however close you get.

  • Accept that you cannot control everything. Put your stress in perspective: Is it really as bad as you think?

  • Welcome humor. A good laugh goes a long way.

  • Maintain a positive attitude. Make an effort to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.

  • Get involved. Volunteer or find another way to be active in your community, which creates a support network and gives you a break from everyday stress.

  • Learn what triggers your anxiety. Is it work, family, school, or something else you can identify? Write in a journal when you’re feeling stressed or anxious, and look for a pattern.

  • Talk to someone. Tell friends and family you’re feeling overwhelmed, and let them know how they can help you. Talk to a physician or therapist for professional help.

Let us help you with your anxiety issues. If you have any questions, please check out the FAQ page on the website, or contact us at 615-538-7111 for more information.