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How to Deal with Anxiety

How to Deal with Anxiety

Anxiety is our body’s natural response to stress. It is the feeling of fear or knowing what’s going to happen next. The first day of school, going to a job interview, or giving a speech may cause most people to be nervous. However, if not controlled, it can lead to an anxiety attack. Anxiety attacks are a feeling of overwhelming apprehension, worry, distress, or fear. Symptoms of anxiety attacks can be different among individuals, but common symptoms are feeling faint, dizzy, shortness of breath, dry mouth, sweating, chills or hot flashes, apprehension, worry, restlessness, distress, fear, numbness or tingling. Here are 10 ways to deal with anxiety without the use of medications.

1) Sleep

Getting a good 7- 8 hours of sleep will help make the body feel relaxed and energized. If not, the body, as well as the brain, will function poorly, creating stress.

2)Meditation

Meditation is a breathing technique for anxiety. Sitting or lying comfortably is the best way. Close your eyes and simply breathe naturally. Focus on it.

3)Exercise

Exercising is a great way to relieve anxiety whether it’s a 10-minute walk or an intense workout. Moving around will help calm you down and forget your fears.

4)Eating a Healthy Diet

Eating the right food is important, like fruits and vegetables Eating right will help boost your self-esteem and feel more alive.

5)Avoid Alcohol, Caffeine, and Smoking

These items are to be avoided because they can increase anxiety, which can lead to depression and serious health problems.

6)Start Looking for New Activities to Do

This is a beneficial way to relieve anxiety. Learning new hobbies or simply hanging out with friends will help deal with anxiety. Volunteering in your local neighborhood is an example for a new activity, and a way to give back to others.

7)Herbal Teas and Supplements

Tea can help loosen the muscles and clear the mind, specifically Manzilla and Horchata. However, you can take it in supplements.

8)Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils, which are used to help soothe the mind from stress and anxiety. It comes in liquid and can be put into a humidifier to spread throughout the room for a wonderful smell. There are different types of essential oils such as lavender, lemongrass, etc.

9)Time Management

Managing time is important in making sure to accomplish tasks without stress. Get a planner to make sure that every task is written down to be completed.

10)Occupational Therapy

If all the above fail, speaking with a professional therapist is the greatest way to cope with anxiety. They can help figure out what is causing the anxiety attacks and can give advice on how to manage it.

My Advice

I have struggled with anxiety for a while and the best advice that I could give is to write down how you feel, since it tells a lot of the fears and doubts that you have. Out of all the ways, drinking tea and seeing a therapist was the best way to deal with anxiety, for me. I have been put on anxiety medications and that didn’t seem like the right way to control it. It also felt bad when you stop suddenly. I hope that these techniques help deal with your anxiety.

Disclaimer: While these are tips and advice on handling anxiety, it is always best to reach out to a professional. The Wellness Center is an amazing resource that students can utilize if concerned about mental and/or physical health.

The Wellness Center is at the Campus Center at Suite 217 and is open on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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