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Ten Ways to Get Rid of Generalized Anxiety Symptoms

Trying to get rid of generalized anxiety symptoms? Here are ten activities that help you get rid of generalized anxiety forever! Try them. Take a look.

I know you want to get rid of generalized anxiety disorder symptoms. Keep in mind that anxiety can be treated in the short term, but long-term treatment and practice of new skills is what it takes to get rid of anxiety altogether. Today we’ll discuss ten activities that get rid of generalized anxiety in the long term.

Get Rid of Generalized Anxiety Symptoms

1. Write a list of what you know is true. Write down things that you know through logic that counter what the anxiety is telling you (With Anxiety, Are Your Thoughts Trustworthy?). For example, “I can handle going in the store. I have done it before.” Or, for a child, “I know that my mother won’t forget to pick me up.” etc.

2. Read the list 2-3 times a day. By knowing your arguments, you will be less afraid of anxiety when it comes. Anxiety makes us forget what we know, making us vulnerable to believing anxiety’s lies. Having read the list repeatedly, our knowledge and trust in ourselves will not falter.  The information will be up front in our brain and assuage the anxiety.

3. Do some yoga and meditation. Even if your anxiety is from trauma, spending some time in your body rather than in your head is the one of the best things you can do to recover.

Trying to get rid of generalized anxiety symptoms? Here are ten activities that help you get rid of generalized anxiety forever! Try them. Take a look.4. Exercise. Movement increases your endorphins. Hormones are released from the bottom of your feet as you walk, so walking is a win-win.  Plus following through on a commitment to walk will build confidence, countering anxiety. Even better: walk with a friend. Connection counters anxiety.

5. Pinpoint areas of stress in your life and figure out how to change them. This could seem impossible but we always have control over our response to problems. A counselor or a good friend might be helpful for this.

6. Try an alternative healing practitioner. For example, Ayurveda, acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy, aroma therapy, shamanism, and massage therapy all have something to offer people with anxiety (Alternative Therapies Effective For Anxiety).  It is also a positive action to care for ourselves by doing something new.  Just the action empowers us, gives us confidence that we can do something and this alone helps.

7. Spend time with people. Chatting and laughing with others will help you feel less anxious.  You can see that fears are common and not feel so bad about yourself.  Also, when many people are gathered there is often fun and laughter.  You cannot laugh too much!

8. Create a routine. This is one of the best things you can do.  Go to sleep and wake up at the same time everyday. Eat and exercise at the same time.  Meditate at the same time everyday.  This helps steady your mind, but also gives confidence to your emotions.  In other words, you feel in control.

9. Do not avoid doing things. Procrastination tells anxiety that it is winning through. Contributing to others often takes us out of ourselves (Improve Your Mental Health by Contributing). Even on the worst days, you can do something for yourself that helps you break anxiety’s hold on you (Despite Paralyzing Anxiety, There Are Ways To Move)

10. Practice affirmations. Often Anxiety puts pictures in our mind about how we are going to freak out in a certain situation.  Change the picture. See it differently.  See yourself calm and happy. Do this on purpose 2-3 times a day, especially when you are calm. Don’t wait until you are panicked to do this! You are retraining your mind to have new associations. Literally changing the cells in our brain, the way they accept peptides. Be patient. Keep it up. After a while you will notice a big difference (Using Targeted Affirmations To Cure Anxiety).

Considering anxiety medication for treatment won’t stop generalized anxiety, but perhaps deciding to take anxiety medication will. In the next post, I will discuss medicine for anxiety.

There is unlimited ways you can help get over anxiety, which ways have you used?

See Also: Ten Tools That Help Relieve Panic Attacks.

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74 thoughts on “Ten Ways to Get Rid of Generalized Anxiety Symptoms”

  1. Ive been suffering from anxiety for almost 3mos and recently its getting worse.Last Friday i had panic attack,the next night twitches and yesterday shortness of breath and feeling of fainting..It gets worse when I had a check up wherein I’ve waited until midnight and I had lack of sleep that day..My blood tests and ECG are normal.I dont know what to do.Ive consulted 3 doctors already and they said that it is just anxiety and OCD.

  2. Hi im suffering from aniexty past 3 weeks ive actually felt ive been going off my head back in forward to doctors blood test all normal today i got diagnosed with generalized aniexty disorder some days i dont want to get out of bed because i feel fear i have 3 kids i hate there seeing me like this my partner is supportive to i feel like im too much for all them too asking them to much. Im on propononlol 80mg to stop the palpitations im going to try meditating later finding this has made me feel at ease i actually thot i was going mental

  3. I been dealing with anxiety for years now and for me personally it just keeps getting worse I can’t even leave my house or go to a birthday party / grocery store I feel like I needa throw up and I have all these bad thoughts that we’re gonna happen

  4. Hi Jodi,

    My name is Samantha and I am currently completing my Master’s of Arts in Counselling Psychology. I am in the midst of completing my capstone project, which consists of a resource book for clinicians that encompasses CBT interventions, strategies, fact sheets, etc. This manual will not be published, but rather, will just be used as a resource book at our clinic amongst 5-10 other clinicians who choose to use it for therapeutic interventions and techniques with their clients. Also, my professor will have access to the resource manual, as she will be grading the project.

    I am writing you to request permission to use this article. I noticed this article on the following website, My name is Samantha and I am currently completing my Master’s of Arts in Counselling Psychology. I am in the midst of completing my capstone project, which consists of a resource book for clinicians that encompasses CBT interventions, strategies, fact sheets, etc. This manual will not be published, but rather, will just be used as a resource book at our clinic amongst 5-10 other clinicians who choose to use it for therapeutic interventions and techniques with their clients. Also, my professor will have access to the resource manual, as she will be grading the project.

    I am writing you to request permission to use the article titled, ’11 Activities to Get Rid of Anxiety’.

    If granted your permission, I would incorporate this article into my masters project manual, with the correct APA reference cited below the article used. I would be honoured to include the resources you have developed, into the small manual I am putting together, to better help the client’s we serve.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Warmest regards,
    Samantha

  5. I have suffered for many years from depression, anxiety, and later massive panic attacks. I have been on Lexapro for depression and Clonazapan for anxiety. I have been reducing my dosage for the last couple of years (DR recommended). Things were going well until 2 nights ago, when out of the blue I was hit with a massive panic attack. My heart was beating so fast, my body went numb and I became overheated and sweat what seemed to be gallons. I have always been able to control my attacks and keep my mind calm. Not that night. I had to call 911 for help and eventually ended up in the hospital. All tests came up negative as expected. Today I started walking to release tension and am back to meditation twice a day. I know it all starts in my mind and that is my starting point in my ongoing recovery. I really stumbled on this site and will find help from others who live the life that I live. Thank you for this topic.

    1. Steve, if you find this site POINTLESS then why are you here? Some of us need a to hear from others suffering as we do and what they are doing to improve their quality of life. Like a lot of things in life you take the good with the bad, so take the good from this site and find a way to accept it as someone else’s recovery plan and leave the bad because it doesn’t apply to your own recovery. But, try to keep an open mind to the possibilities that we all are trying very hard to live a happy life. A life where we can live with anxiety and not fight it anymore.

      1. That’s all well and good but some of us have tried everything under the sun and are worse than ever. If anything on this list helps you long term, great, but that probably means that your anxiety wasn’t very serious to start with.

        Frankly I’m tired of people who suffered mild, minor, or situational anxiety issues telling me that if I just do enough yoga and think enough good thoughts, my horrific physical and emotional symptoms will magically ebb away. It’s BS. It doesn’t happen for those of us who’ve suffered from severe anxiety and panic for DECADES. By constantly giving this advice, they’re silently shaming those of us who can’t get better as if we aren’t trying hard enough when we’ve tried everything and are frankly starting to consider radical things to make it stop.

        1. Lori, I can’t imagine the stress you’re under. I’m so sorry you have to deal with this and have dealt with it for so long. I only deal with it occasionally – right now actually. Today is my youngest child’s 2nd birthday and I’m laying in bed when I’m not in the bathroom being sick. I’m so disappointed. I came on here to try and get a quick fix I guess. There doesn’t appear to be a quick fix. I know for me it is all in my way of thinking because it doesn’t happen that often. I have been sick with various things the last 2 months and I’m soooo tired and tired of it. I’m a stay at home to 3 kids: ages 5,3, and now 2. They all three have been sick as well and we have become almost like hermits in order to shelter others from our illnesses. Not getting out, being sick, not getting enough sleep, our routines have been grossly assaulted… all adds up to a poor mental state. And it all really rests on me on a day to day basis. My kids look to me for stability and I’m over here struggling. I pray we can all find true peace in the midst of our circumstances and find freedom from our anxiety. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your pain.

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