Genetics. Some anxiety disorders can be inherited from family members.
How Do You Manage Anxiety Early?
Living with a disorder every day for a long period can ruin your life. Here are some self-care tips to manage anxiety.
Talk to someone you trust
The act of talking to a family member or friend you trust about what is bothering you can help your mental health. The act of talking can usually relieve the pressure of what you are feeling.
If you can’t open up to someone close to you, then you may be able to talk with a professional. The Anxiety and Depression Support Philippines Facebook group has a list of free online mental health services. Silakbo also has its own list. During the COVID-19 pandemic, UP Diliman is extending its psychosocial services to the public for free.
Consulting a professional can benefit you in different ways. You can express yourself and what you are feeling. There is someone neutral who listens to you without personal or social prejudice and will not dismiss or, worse, laugh about your worries. Trained medical professionals can give sound advice that may help you overcome your anxiety.
Address your worries
Having anxiety may feel like you have lost control. But you have to remember that you do not need to run away from your fears or worries. You can explore various ways of addressing your anxiety.
For example, you can start a journal. Write down your thoughts and worries. As you keep writing, you can find patterns when you review your journal entries. You can spot the triggers to your panic attacks and learn how to avoid or solve them.
Practice alternative therapies
If you do not like talking to other people or if you feel that consulting someone is not enough, there are alternatives you can explore. Some people find yoga or meditation as powerful ways of relieving anxiety and helping their minds find peace. Aromatherapy, massages, and reflexology are designed to de-stress the body, which can lead to a more relaxed mind.
Stay physically healthy
A healthy body can lead to a healthy mind. Staying physically fit means getting enough sleep. This may be hard to do since anxiety can disturb sleep. Try to practice meditation or yoga as you wind down before sleep. Or, you can write in your journal before you sleep as a way to reflect on your day and plan for the next day. This may help ease your mind and make it stop racing so that you can fall asleep.
Of course, eating a healthy, balanced diet can help you as well. Eat food and drink beverages that boost positive moods like blueberries, avocado, walnuts, chocolate, green tea, chickpeas, broccoli, quinoa, bananas, zucchini, and coffee.
In addition, exercise so that you can keep your mind off your worries and focused on physical activity.
It is human nature to worry about uncertain things. But this worry should not rule your life. Your mental health is as important as your physical wellbeing. Seek help when you notice that your anxiety is affecting your life more than normal. Explore ways to address, avoid, or alleviate your condition. To ensure better mental health, manage anxiety early before it develops into a more debilitating condition.
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