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How To Deal & Cope With Anxiety

Faiq Shaikh, M.D.
How To Deal & Cope With Anxiety

No one wants to live with anxiety. If you're starting to feel as though anxiety and panic are starting to make it difficult to maintain emotional and physical stability, it's time to take action - to learn strategies that will help you cope with that anxiety.

You should always consider professional help. There are countless skilled therapists and counselors that can train you in new ways to treat you for your stress.

How to Deal With Anxiety

Dealing with anxiety is not easy. One of the benefits of professional help is that it gives you someone to keep you accountable, and provides you with validation that what you've done thus far has been working.

It is possible to deal with anxiety on your own. But in order to do so, you have to be able to commit to lifestyle changes, avoid some of the most common anxiety fueling behaviors, and be ready to hold yourself accountable for your changes.

Things to Avoid With Your Anxiety

It starts with what to avoid. Many people don't realize that they are unintentionally contributing to their own anxiety. Only by avoiding common anxiety mistakes will you be able to cope. Some examples include:

You also need to avoid falling back into your old anxiety habits. Coping with anxiety is about commitment, so assuming you've corrected your anxiety problem and getting back to your old habits will harm you as well.

Tools to Help You Cope With Anxiety

One of the most important things to remember about anxiety coping is that coping actually happens inside of you. There are many strategies to help you cope, but what will eventually help you cure your anxiety forever is your own mental strength. Everyone has it, but it often requires taking care of your body and re-training your mind for how you should react to anxiety and stress.

Still, the following will help promote better coping, and give you an opportunity to control some of the issues that lead to anxiety symptoms:

These things may not cure anxiety on their own, but they will help you learn to control the way anxiety affects you, and you'll often find that they assist your ability to mentally cope - in some cases enough to cure it completely.

How to Stop Panic Attacks

Panic attacks are a very different beast. They still benefit from controlling anxiety, and you should still strongly consider the tips above, but when you're suffering from panic attacks, you often need more than that. Panic attacks cause another form of anxiety - fear of getting a panic attack - and the irony of this is that this fear can actually cause panic attacks. Luckily, there is one strategy that can be effective at coping with panic attacks:

Do nothing.

This is not entirely true, of course. There are effective ways to prevent panic attacks and train yourself to control the severity of these attacks. But the start, you need to learn to do nothing.

That's because there are many important things you need to understand about panic attacks:

Reducing the severity of your panic attacks will actually help treat the panic attacks, because you'll start to fear them less. That's why if you learn to do nothing when you have a panic attack, you'll actually start coping with your panic attacks better.

The other way to cope with your anxiety attacks is through distractions. Healthy distractions like walking or talking on the phone stop you from focusing too much on your worries, and prevent your anxiety from taking over your thoughts. Any healthy distraction is a good distraction for dealing with panic, and finding one that works for you is a great start.

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