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Do's & Don'ts For Those With Anxiety and Stress

Samantha McDougal

Posted on 四月 29 2021

Breathe anxiety do's and don'ts

 

A short list of things to do, and what not to do, for those who suffer from anxiety.  


Do's

  • Breathe. Search for a quick guided breathing meditation on Youtube if you can.
  • Acknowledge your anxiety. Notice how it is affecting you and pay attention to the way you feel. Work to identify and correct any distorted thinking patterns.
  • Respond to your anxiety with love and kindness.
  • Stay active. Engage in a hobby, project, activity (physical is great), or good conversation with a friend.
  • Surround yourself and spend time with friends and family who care about you.
  • Keep an anxiety journal to learn and keep track of things such as your anxiety patterns and themes. 
  • Try taking GABA, an amino acid neurotransmitter that blocks impulses between nerve cells in the brain.
  • Seek support. Finding a good therapist with expertise in anxiety can prove to be very helpful.

 

Don'ts

  • Don't allow anxiety to have you second-guessing yourself.
  • Don't watch TV. News, drama, commercials can all add extra feelings of anxiety, something without us even realizing it. There are many other better ways to relax.
  • Don't beat yourself up. While anxiety is annoying and certainly not a good feeling, beating yourself up will only add to the anxious feelings.
  • Don't ignore your body. Body mindfulness and relaxation techniques can be key components in treating anxiety.
  • Don't isolate yourself.
  • Don't give up! While we've all wanted to at times, it's important not to give up on ourselves and our emotions. If you find yourself feeling this way take a break outside with some fresh air, listen to happy music playlists, schedule some time with your friends or therapist, or our favorite recommendation... get yourself a pet! Whatever you do, never give up. This too shall pass.

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