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Coping with Anxiety
A blog by the Mental Health Comedian

Anxiety is a natural feeling to experience, and isn’t always a bad thing. The effects of anxiety stem from our flight or fight sense, which kept our ancestor’s safe. That adrenaline rush still benefits us in numerous situations today. However, when it interrupts your life and limits what you’re capable of, it’s important to know how to handle it.

If anxiety, or anxiety attacks, are becoming commonplace, it is important to acknowledge it and figure out what works for you. The first step is to try to think logically. Is this threat that is making you anxious real, or is it something you are worried about that hasn’t even happened, and probably won’t? If you can pinpoint the likelihood of this stress actually happening, you can often calm down.

Try to control negative thoughts. Are the things bringing you down in your control? Do you have the power to affect the outcome? If not, accept what you cannot change and try to erase any negative thoughts about it from your mind. Telling yourself to stop this thinking can be difficult, but accomplished with repetition and practice.

Challenge the physical aspects of an anxiety attack. Breathe in deep, and out slowly. Do some yoga or go for a walk. Get some fresh air. Limit the amount of alcohol and caffeine you consume, as that can add to the anxiety. Remember that you have the power and will get through this, and do your best to work through it calmly.

If your anxiety attacks aren’t improving, or are becoming unmanageable, talk to your physician. There are medications you can take that won’t cure your anxiety, but will keep it under control. There is nothing wrong with getting outside help.

Anxiety is normal. Everyone experiences it to some degree, and it’s important to talk about it with friends and family. You aren’t alone in your feelings of anxiousness, and you can get through it.

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