Anxiety: What Can Be Done?

Anxiety can be difficult to deal with, whether it is your suffering or a loved one. Some people may not understand what it is you or the person is going through. You may be completely overwhelmed. How do you know if you have anxiety? Here are some things that can occur with anxiety:

  • Can’t concentrate
  • Racing thoughts
  • Only seeing the negative
  • Hard to make decisions
  • Difficult to learn new info
  • Worrying
  • Nightmares
  • Guilt
  • Bad judgement
  • Forgetful
  • Unorganized
  • Depressed
  • Unhappy
  • Low self-esteem and feelings of worthlessness
  • Overwhelmed
  • Crying spells
  • Suicidal
  • Moodiness
  • Apathy
  • Irritable
  • Agitated
  • Changes in appetite
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Socially withdrawn
  • Obsessive or compulsive behavior

When you feel this way, of course, you want to take action. What can you do when you have anxiety? Are there things you can try to find relief? Here are some coping skills:

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  • Hold an ice cube, the change in temperature can bring you back to the present.
  • Take a break to regroup, step away from what is bothering you.
  • Listen to music, whether your favorite or something new.
  • Take a bath or hot shower, it will help you feel refreshed.
  • Exercise, it will help boost endorphins.
  • Talk to a friend, let them know how you are feeling.
  • Color or make art, being creative is a way to channel this negative energy.
  • Read a magazine or book and try to relax.

If your anxiety is severe, you may need to seek professional help through a therapist and a psychiatrist. They will help you with coping skills, therapy and possibly medication. Some people might think that is the easy way out, but that is definitely wrong. It’s hard to admit when you need help and seek it out. You’ll be glad you did. Anxiety might not go away but it is a condition that can be managed. Hopefully, these tips will help you better manage your anxiety, and feel better like your normal self again.