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Anxiety can stop you dead in your tracks. It can take your breath away and make you feel desperate. Some feel a sensation of impending doom. The first step is realizing you have anxiety, then you must learn how to treat it and stop the attacks. With proper treatment they will eventually lessen and perhaps even go away for good. The following steps are ways I have learned to deal with anxiety attacks. If your anxiety is severe, always seek the advice of a health care professional. There are various medications available to aid you with your anxiety as well as counseling.
Step One: Breathe. Breathe in to the count of 4, hold to the count of 4, and breathe out to the count of 4. Do this slowly and make sure to count.
Step Two: Allow all of the worries to come up and tackle them one at a time. You may think this is the opposite of what you should do, but by allowing each worry to come up one at a time you can address each one reasonably. Address every worry, but then stop. Once you have addressed a worry move on. Don’t allow yourself to think of these worries anymore.
Step Three: Remove yourself from the situation. Whether it means leaving your desk, taking a walk, or getting some air. Sometimes it only takes moving to a different room to alleviate some of the anxiety.
Step Four: Think of something else. Thinking about something you are looking forward to can get your mind off of the current situation.
Step Five: Do something else. If you are at work, take a break, you can go back to your work when you are calm.
Finally, remember you are not alone. Millions of Americans suffer some type of anxiety. “This too shall pass”.