11 Tips for Coping with an Anxiety Disorder

11 Tips for Coping with an Anxiety Disorder

11 Tips for Coping with an Anxiety Disorder

Everyone experiences anxious feelings occasionally, but anxiety disorder sufferers deal with excessive and frequent panic, terror, fear, and anxiety in typical daily situations. If these feelings keep you from functioning normally or negatively affect your quality of life, they are not healthy.

Common anxiety disorder symptoms include:

  • Obsessing about the panic trigger
  • Trembling
  • Sweating
  • Hyperventilating
  • Rapid heart rate
  • A sense of impending doom, danger, or panic
  • Feelings of helplessness
  • Feelings of nervousness

These feelings of panic and anxiety can be challenging to control and interfere with daily life. They can cause you to avoid situations or places and are usually inflated compared to the actual level of danger. If your anxiety affects your relationships and life, you should see your health care provider to rule out any physical health problems before seeking anxiety therapy. Dr. Phillips is here to help you with the following tips for coping with an anxiety disorder.

Socialize

You should not let worry or fear isolate you from activities or loved ones. On the contrary, it is essential to nurture your relationships and stay in contact with your support system.

Write in a journal

Keeping a journal to track your personal life can assist your mental health professional to recognize what causes you stress and helps you feel good. It can also help you identify patterns in your behavior and anxiety triggers.

Identify anxiety triggers

Learn the actions or situations that increase your anxiety or cause you stress. Then, practice coping strategies developed with your therapist to be ready to deal with your worry when you are triggered.

Follow your treatment plan

Do your best to take medications as directed. Do not miss your counseling sessions and complete any assignments your therapist asks you to do. Consistency is essential, especially when it comes to pharmaceuticals.

Get educated on your disorder

Please speak with your health care provider about your condition and find out what causes your condition and the best way to treat it. In addition, ask your friends and family for support and keep them involved in your treatment.

Eat nutritious foods

More research is needed, but a healthy diet incorporating fish, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables may be linked to a reduction in anxiety.

Prioritize sleep

Try to ensure that you get enough sleep to feel well-rested. Speak with your healthcare provider if you have trouble sleeping.

Practice relaxation and stress management techniques

Yoga, meditation, and visualization techniques are just a few of the relaxation techniques that can reduce your anxiety.

Lower your caffeine intake and stop smoking

Anxiety can be exacerbated by caffeine and nicotine

Avoid recreational drugs and alcohol

These substances can worsen your anxiety. Find a support group or talk with your physician if you cannot stop on your own.

Stay physically active

Develop an exercise routine to ensure that you are active most days of the week. Physical activity is potent for reducing stress. It can enhance your mood and keep you fit. Begin gradually, and slowly increase the intensity and amount of your activities.

These are some of the tips to cope with an anxiety disorder. In addition, you can benefit significantly from anxiety therapy. Dr. Phillips is here to help you find balance and well-being. Contact us today to start your journey to better mental health.

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Heather Oller

Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.