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The struggle is real and for those who experience anxiety regularly will tell you that daily life can be a challenge. From avoiding certain situations, people or places, anxiety can effect people differently. Some will experience mild anxiety while others describe it as debilitating.

There are many different symptoms and treatments for anxiety but it’s something that is not fully understood. It has become so common in today’s society that up to one-third of women and one-fifth of men will experience anxiety at some point in their lives.

What is Anxiety?

When your worries are persistent or you’re constantly living in a state of fear and you feel like it’s beyond your control, you may have an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety is usually some form of a fear of the future or a state of overwhelm when you have too much to do.

While each anxiety condition has different effects, there are some common symptoms including:

  • Physical: panic attacks, hot and cold flushes, racing heart, tightening of the chest, quick breathing, restlessness, or feeling tense, wound up and edgy
  • Psychological: excessive fear, worry, paranoia or obsessive thinking
  • Behavioural: avoidance of situations that make you feel anxious which can impact on study, work or social life

It’s important to seek help to manage severe anxiety. There are many effective treatments for anxiety and to help those dealing with anxiety.

There are simple ways and often it’s a combination of things that help you get better, such as:

  • a health professional, specialised in dealing with anxiety that you feel comfortable talking to
  • the right psychological and medical therapies
  • support from family and friends
  • exercising and healthy eating
  • learning ways to manage challenges and stress, such as structured problem solving, meditation and yoga.

Simple Ways to Deal with Anxiety and Stress

Breathe. Yes, it’s something we all know how to do but it’s commonly forgotten when anxiety gets the best of you. So next time you feel an onset of anxiety or stress coming on, remember to stop and breathe. Take deep breathes and do nothing but focus on your breathing. Breathing exercises are a powerful tool to learn to help you deal and overcome a possible anxiety attack.

Exercise. Possibly one of the best ways to overcome stress and anxiety to to exercise or engage in some form of physical activity. Exercise releases releases chemicals like endorphins and serotonin that help improve your mood and well being. Yoga is a great exercise for anxiety and finding the right style of yoga will definitely improve your overall health and well being.

Do something you enjoy. This could include reading a book, watching a funny movie, drawing or painting or going for a walk to clear the mind. By focusing on something that makes you happy or helps you stay calm, it will help you take your mind off your anxiety until you’re ready to deal with it.

Meditation or self-hypnosis. A great way to deal with anxiety is through the help of meditation and self-hypnosis. There are a lot of great resources online to help with meditation and self-hypnosis for anxiety, stress, depression and more.

There are a lot more ways to deal and overcome anxiety and different ways suit different people. Find what works for you and practice it.

Finally, if you feel your anxiety is severe or debilitating, please seek advice from a health professional or reach out institutions like black dog institute or  beyond blue.