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Many experts will agree that the key to overcoming anxiety is acceptance. Understanding what is happening when you experience an anxiety attack is helpful in developing acceptance. Once you realize that now matter how scary anxiety is, it can not hurt you.
No one has ever died directly from an anxiety attack. You may feel that you are dying or are afraid that you will die, but this is not logical. You must understand that anxiety is self perpetuated. Thus, if you create your own anxiety, you have the power to eliminate it. With practice and acceptance, you can dramatically reduce or eliminate your anxiety all together. Here are some tips to help reduce anxiety:
Proper breathing is one of the most effective tools you posses to combat anxiety. You should practice breathing exercises twice daily as well as when you are feeling anxious. Take in a deep breath through your nose with mouth closed at the count of seven. (Keep your tongue placed at the roof of your mouth throughout this exercise) Hold your breath for a count of four. Now release your breath through your mouth making a hissing sound for a count of seven. Continue this exercise for several minutes or to your liking. It may be helpful to have your eyes closed during this exercise.
Diet and Exercise
If you have anxiety, stay away from stimulants such as caffeine or nicotine. Eat a well balanced diet to include an abundance of fruits and vegetables. Also, limit your consumption of starches and red meat. Along with healthy eating, you should be getting regular exercise such as walking. Walking twice a day at a brisk pace can improve your overall health as well as reduce stress and combat anxiety.
Getting sleep with anxiety can be a battle. Though, there are many options to help you get the sleep you need. There are non-habit forming medications that you can take that can help reduce anxiety as well as help you sleep. You should talk to your doctor before taking any form of medication and ask about possible side effects. If you don’t want to take medication, you can also try an herbal tea such as chamomile. Chamomile has been known to help reduce stress and help insomnia sufferers. Aroma therapy or incense can also be an effective tool for combating sleeplessness.
Living with anxiety can be difficult, but if you make some changes in your lifestyle and seek available help, you can reduce or totally eliminate your anxiety. Along with these tips for combating anxiety, cognitive behavioral therapy is also an evidenced based practice that can tremendously help with your anxiety struggles. You don’t have to suffer from anxiety, take control of your life and your anxiety.