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5 Ways to Overcome Your Anxiety

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5 Ways to Overcome Your Anxiety

By Marlo Sollitto, AgingCare.com contributing editor

Do these scenes sound familiar:

  • You’ve been in bed for an hour, tossing and turning, but you can’t sleep. You keep re-hashing the day’s events and worrying over everything that needs to get done tomorrow. Now you start fretting about the fact that you can’t get to sleep. (10 Tips for The Best Sleep Ever)
  • You’re trying to quickly get in and out of the grocery store, because mom has a doctor’s appointment this afternoon and the kids have to be dropped off at soccer practice. Suddenly your heart starts beating fast, and your hands start to sweat.

Feeling stressed from caregiving is normal. But constant worrying, unrelenting doubts and pre-occupation with the “what ifs” and worst-case scenarios can be unproductive and even paralyzing. Anxiety causes physical symptoms — trembling, heart palpitations, insomnia, sweating, fatigue and mental anguish that interfere with day-to-day life.

The good news is that chronic worrying it is a mental habit you can learn how to break. Here are some techniques for coping with anxiety.

Recognize Physical Changes
The first step is to identify when you’re becoming anxious. Listen to your body and recognize physical changes in your body: butterflies in the stomach, feeling as if your heart is beating out of your chest, shortness of breath. Don’t let your body’s symptoms scare you, let them talk to you. That rapid heartbeat doesn’t mean you’re having a heart attack; it’s your body’s natural response to anxiety and stress. Once you know the sensations, you can control them. Think of the physical symptoms as a fire engine going to another place. You’ve noticed them; now let them pass by.

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8:59PM PDT on Oct 18, 2012

great tips. i suffer from chronic anxiety. i will keep trying to overcome it...

4:13PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

Thanks.

2:39PM PST on Nov 16, 2011

thanks

11:16AM PDT on Aug 11, 2011

Thanks, I like asking the 3 questions idea

1:12PM PDT on Jul 25, 2011

If I could get into a good regular sleep pattern I'm not sure if I'd have anxiety problems because I feel so good when I do get a good night's sleep. Are there any natural things you can take to help sleep without feeling really tired with them? i've tried meditation but I just seem to find it difficult to sit and clear my mind so it has never worked for me.

7:18PM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

Sometimes easier said than done!?

6:42AM PDT on Jul 19, 2011

Good article, thank you...

10:04AM PDT on Jul 16, 2011

Yes Stan I agree!

10:05AM PDT on Jul 10, 2011

Thanks, very useful info

3:48PM PDT on Jul 9, 2011

Good advice.

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