Generalized Anxiety Disorder is more than simply feeling worried from time to time. As defined by the Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada, an anxiety disorder is categorized by a more persistent state of worry over the course of at least 6 months. This might lead some to ask whether they are suffering from an anxiety disorder or wonder what the term Generalized Anxiety Disorder actually means. The first step for anyone considering the possibility of anxiety having an effect on their life is to pursue a professional opinion. The second step will be to try and enact some change in one’s life, to help with the symptoms of anxiety.
One important thing to keep in mind is that what works will be different for everyone. Some may find the suggestions on this page to be very helpful, while others may have a list of items that work effectively from them. Whenever attempting to alleviate the stresses caused by an anxiety depression, social anxiety or any anxiety disorder, one should remember to discuss their plans with a doctor or counselor. Here are a few possible techniques for coping with an anxiety disorder.
Go For a Walk
The simple act of getting some fresh air and stretching the legs can do wonders for an anxious mind. In addition to stimulating blood-flow and being a healthy way to spend some time, going for a walk allows the person suffering from anxiety to work through the thoughts running around in their head. A common experience is to feel restless and excitable, and going for a walk will allow the person experiencing anxiety to burn off some of that energy and calm down.
Practice Meditation or Relaxation
There are a number of ways to approach the act of meditation, that is, to sit in one place and be quiet and contemplative for a period of time. It’s not necessary to sit in a certain pose or position to reap the benefits of meditation. Someone suffering from some form of anxiety needs only to find a quiet place to sit down. Although one’s mind may race while meditating, a good piece of advice is simply to let it run its course. In time, it’s likely that the anxious mind will calm. With it, the body will as well.
Talk to Someone
Part of the benefit of counseling is that it provides a helpful ear to listen to one’s worries or problems. A good friend, a family member or even a pet can serve as a counselor at times. Expressing feelings and trying to articulate what is going on for the anxious person will do a lot for reducing some of that anxiety. There are also various phone help lines that will help an anxious person work through their feelings. As an example, the National Institute of Mental Health’s Anxiety Helpline is 1-888-ANXIETY (1-888-269-4389).
Although these techniques may not provide a permanent solution to anxiety, they can serve to help people in their daily dealings with anxiety disorders. It’s best to consult a professional as soon as possible if one feels anxiety is having a negative effect on his or her life.
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