Everyone gets stressed or anxious at times. Being anxious can alerts us to a dangerous situation. Being stressed about an upcoming exam can motivate us to put in more study so we can perform better. So there are situations where being anxious and stressed are beneficial.
However, if you are experiencing longer periods of anxiety and you just get rid of the feeling, you may be developing. Anxiety disorders are the most common of the mental illness and there are some very effective treatments available.
So if you are feeling that anxiety is becoming an issue for you there is help, and these treatments will help most people lead normal productive lives. You can always start with self help and try to relieve the anxiety by changing your behaviour, but if this doesn’t help then you should quickly move on to seeking professional help.
If you’re starting to experience more stress than usual there are ways that you can proactively reduce your stress
Studies have shown that exercise is a great way of reducing the symptoms of everyday anxiety and helps to treat anxiety disorders. The positive effects last while you are exercising and for hours after.
Cardiovascular exercises like running and bike riding both help relieve the symptoms of anxiety. If you would like something less intense then yoga and walking are also very calming and helpful.
Meditation and Mindfulness
Anxiety can build when you don’t have a chance to escape the intensity of life. We are all so busy and we all need to experience times of doing something that refills our tank. We all need an outlet to relieve the stress of life.
You could start playing that musical instrument, read for 10 minutes a day, play a sport, watch a movie or take up art.
Get lots of sleep
Sleep is very important to relieving anxiety. When your sleep pattern is disrupted then life just gets harder. There is also a medical reason why getting a good 8 hours’ sleep is important.
If you have trouble sleeping, then a doctor will be able to advise you on the best course of action to take to ensure you get a good night’s rest.
Talk to someone
It always helps to talk to someone about your anxiety. It can be hard at first, but once you do so it gets easier. Talking about your anxiety can help reduce it. If they are someone you trust like a close friend or spouse, then they may be able to help you with another perspective on the situation.
Be aware that talking to the same person constantly about your anxiety can put pressure on the relationship and if this is happening it is probably a good time to see a therapist who can help.
If your anxiety is becoming more persistent then you should seek help from a professional. The most holistic help you can receive is from a psychiatrist as they are able to prescribe medication, deal with any physical issues and use therapies like cognitive behaviour therapy.
If your anxiety is affecting your sleep patterns and how you go about your day to day activities the it is time you spoke to a doctor to get extra help.
Anti-anxiety medication maybe required to help sufferers of anxiety disorders if self-help is not enough.
These medications can only be prescribed by a doctor as you will have to be monitored and guided while taking them.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behaviour therapy helps patients learn how to manage their anxiety. Most sufferers can control their response if they learn the techniques and skills to do so. Learning these skills is important and can be learnt gradually.
It can be hard to decide how to deal with anxiety that starts to take control of your life. Getting professional help is the best way to get through this time of anxiety.
Choosing a psychiatrist to help is a great option because they can diagnose you based on your mental state and your physical state. A psychiatrist is able to deal treat you with both medication and therapies like cognitive behaviour therapy.
If you are feeling overwhelmed with anxiety and feel you need professional help, then I am able to help you. I am a trained psychiatrist with many years of experience helping people with anxiety disorders.
You can call me on 02 9436 2727 or email me and I will call to have a quick discussion on how I can help you.
Dr Gabriella Unsen