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Anxiety in todays busy world.

At Equator Hypnotherapy and Counselling anxiety is one of the main presenting issues clients come in to get assistance. As we get busier, I have noticed our anxieties are getting more and more present. I treat clients with counselling and clinical hypnotherapy to find realistic solutions to help clients manage their 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.

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:

Moping
Coping with anxiety requires you to take action. But stress makes you want to mope. Spending time alone, in silence, with your own thoughts can be nice once in a while, but often thoughts are your enemy when you have anxiety. Distractions, staying active, and trying to be as social as possible are important.

Bad Foods
Diet does play a role in anxiety. Those with panic attacks should avoid caffeine, because they seem to be a trigger of panic. Fattening foods, refined sugars, alcohol, and fried foods also exacerbate anxiety symptoms. Eating habits don’t usually “cause” anxiety, but they make it worse, and the worse your anxiety symptoms are the more your anxiety will bother you.

Anxiety Producing Stimuli
Anxiety is a cumulative condition. The more anxiety you experience in your daily life, the more your other anxiety symptoms get worse. That means that you should avoid horror movies, dark alleys at night, spending time with people that are reckless – anything that produces anxiety should be controlled, to avoid the anxiety from getting worse.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:

Exercise/Physical Activity
Exercise is not just about getting fit. The overwhelming majority of those that experience anxiety do not engage in enough physical activity, and many experts believe that this is one of the issues that causes anxiety. Physical activity improves the immune system, releases calming neurotransmitters (known as endorphins), tires the muscles, and burns away stress hormones. It’s incredibly important for controlling stress and anxiety, and incredibly important for coping.

Herbal Tools
There are several herbal supplements you can consider to help you cope with anxiety. Chamomile, Kava Kava, Valerian, Passionflower, and St. John’s Wort all produce sedation/relaxation without side effects. Always talk to a doctor though before starting any herbal anxiety treatment.

Meditation and Yoga
Both meditation and yoga have the potential to improve your ability to cope with stress. They teach healthier breathing, and poor breathing is one of the issues that makes anxiety symptoms worse, especially during anxiety and panic attacks. Many people believe the spiritual qualities of meditation and yoga are also helpful for curing anxiety.

Positive Thinking
Learning to think positive is also an important step in learning to cope with your anxiety. It may sound a bit “new age,” but the truth is that anxiety really does cause very negative thinking. There are ways to train yourself to think positively, including faking positivity, writing in a positivity journal, and spending time with more positive people. These really will have an impact on your ability to cope with stress.

Learning to Accept It
It’s also important that you accept your anxiety rather than run away from it. Anxiety may cause you to have fears – but many people also fear anxiety, and that fear can actually make your anxiety works. Learn to talk about it openly, and don’t try to hide when you’re suffering. The more you’re able to find your anxiety less intimidating, the easier it will be for you to overcome it.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.

Equator Hypnotherapy and Counselling Melbourne located on St Kilda Road. Call Joe Busuttil 0412277488 to make an appointment.

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