What can I do about an anxiety problem?
People with anxiety problems are often aware that their fear is excessive, but are unable to control it.
Anxiety problems can make it hard, if not impossible, to enjoy life. Fortunately, help is available. The first step is to rule out a physical problem by visiting a family doctor. If an anxiety problem is diagnosed, it can often be managed with a combination of counselling, medication and relaxation techniques.
There are other things that you can do to help ease an anxiety problem.
Become an expert on your condition. Learn about your condition, your symptoms and how to recognize when symptoms begin.
Develop and stick to a plan for managing symptoms of anxiety. Use skills learned in therapy to manage symptoms and take medications as prescribed.
Develop a social support network. Family, friends and a support group can help you to recognize when stressful situations may trigger anxiety symptoms, and can remind you of your strengths when you feel discouraged.
Learn to cope with stress. Stress, fatigue and feeling out of control can trigger symptoms of anxiety. Ways to manage stress include doing things that are relaxing, pleasurable or interesting to you. This can help to take your mind off the things that cause you stress and make them seem less important. Other ways to manage stress include breathing techniques, meditation and exercise.
Live a healthy, well-balanced life. Eating well, getting enough sleep and keeping active can all help you to manage stress and feel well. Faith, religion or spiritual practices can also help. Focus on developing a balance in your life, with time for family, friends, work or volunteer and leisure activities.