Managing Stress, Anxiety

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Stress is a large part of any anxiety disorder. Everyone experiences stress, but how we cope with it can make the difference between leading a normal life and living in constant fear and anxiety. Fortunately, outside of medicinal therapy, there are ways you can help yourself better cope with the stressful events which naturally occur.

What Stresses You?

The first step in managing your stress is to identify what triggers an anxious reaction and why. Stress performs a function in the modern human being – it serves as a warning signal that something is wrong.

Try carrying a small pad of paper and pen with you as you go about the activities in a normal day. On a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the most traumatic, rate how each event makes you feel. Try keeping up with this exercise for at least one week. As you review the daily listings of stress factors, it should become more apparent just exactly what your triggers are and give you ideas of how to avoid these situations in the future or learn to deal with them in a more appropriate manner.

The Power of Positive Thinking

At times it may seem that nothing in your life is going right or that events are quickly spiralling out of control. As the old saying goes, “when it rains, it pours”. The first response from an anxious person is usually to compound these negative thoughts and create further anxiety.

Instead, try to step a back from your own situation and focus only on those things which are positive. This can be difficult to do, but there is no one who has nothing positive in their life. Getting bogged down by negative thoughts and emotions causes the immune system to weaken, often resulting in a physical illness, and can also trigger an episode of severe depression. This only makes matters worse.

Practising Relaxation Techniques

A key component in effectively managing stress is learning how to relax. Different techniques work for different people, but whatever you can do to shut down the negative thought processes and prevent your body from reacting to stress is a step in the right direction.

Relaxation techniques include proper breathing, massage, aromatherapy, exercise, and even a good orgasm. Sometimes simple things such as enjoying a cup of herbal tea, meditation, or laughter can be a big help in beating stress. In fact the study of laughter used to combat illness and disease, referred to as psychoneuroimmunology, has proven a correlation between humour and the body’s ability to fight off infection. Watching a comedy at the cinema or reading a joke book may be some of the best techniques to alleviate stress.

Whilst there is no way to completely eliminate stress in our lives, there are ways to effectively deal with it and prevent it from becoming a more serious problem.

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