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How to Treat Anxiety

Posted on July 1, 2013

How to Treat Anxiety

Anxiety, unfortunately, has no cure, but there are ways to control your anxiety and keep those feelings of terror away. One method of control is by establishing a system of positive thinking by making a few small changes in your day-to-day life.

If you think that you are suffering from anxiety, the first step you must take is to see your GP about it. Your GP will be able to find you the right help, whether that is medication or a referral to a clinical psychologist. The medication normally prescribed is most useful when combined with other treatments and/or support.

According to the charity, No Panic, the most successful treatment for anxiety is cognitive behaviour therapy with 80% of people who suffer from anxiety successfully using it to cope with their illness.

The backbone of this cognitive behaviour therapy is positive thinking. This means having a positive outlook on your anxiety, taking one day at a time, avoiding the situations that make you anxious and trying not to let your worries dominate your days.

This can include restructuring your day so that you set yourself small and achievable goals, and also making time for relaxation so that you find an activity such as listening to music or reading to bring down your stress levels and worry.

Exercise can also help trigger brain chemicals that will improve your mood and make you feel better about yourself. Eating a low fat, high fibre diet with lots of fresh vegetables and fruit will increase your energy levels; sufferers should definitely try to avoid drinking too much tea and coffee as caffeine can increase your anxiety levels.

Another simple change that those who suffer from anxiety could try is to correct their breathing. Most anxious people are very tense and consequently tend to breathe from their upper chest, which due to the mixture of carbon dioxide and oxygen resulting from this incorrect breathing means that the person can suffer from exhaustion, dizziness and chest pains. Simply breathing from the abdomen can help dramatically.

You can read more about this at the Daily Mail’s Health Page. If you want more information about anxiety and how to treat the condition with private anxiety treatment, or if you simply want to talk to someone about anxiety issues then contact the private rehab clinic Rehab Recovery today on 0800 088 66 86.

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