Ten Ways to Get Rid of Generalized Anxiety Symptoms
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.
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.
LCSW-R, J. (2012, May 9). Ten Ways to Get Rid of Generalized Anxiety Symptoms, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, August 18 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/anxiety-schmanxiety/2012/05/ten-activities-to-get-rid-of-anxiety
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Jodi (the author of this article) is no longer writing the Anxiety-Schmanxiety blog on HealthyPlace, so she is unable to address comments. I'm Tanya, one of the new authors of Anxiety-Schmanxiety. Just from your comment, it sounds like you might be experiencing panic. Only a therapist/doctor who can see you in person can diagnose panic disorder, of course. You must be seeing a doctor given that you are taking medication. Is it someone you respect and trust? You could discuss panic disorder with him/her as well as possible medications (different types of anxiety respond differently to medications). Seeing a therapist is also very helpful in reducing panic. Perhaps you might want to consider that as an option. It's a very good sign that you can feel very happy. You know that you can live a life with happiness! The anxiety symptoms you mentioned as well as the fat that they strike from nowhere do indicate panic disorder. That is absolutely something that, with professional help, is treatable. It's possible to experience more happiness than panic.
While the trick I've found only solves the problem temporarily, it is a way to relieve stress from the mind long enough to get to sleep. Even tho they say to turn the tv off an hour before going to sleep, I've found that watching a light-hearted tv show that makes you laugh helps. My favorites are oldies but goodies, like "My Three Sons" or "Frasier." A crime or drama doesn't do it for me as far as helping to get to sleep - but just letting go even for just a few minutes before going to sleep helps. Then make the decision not to think about anything issues afterwards.
I like the suggestions especially about exercise, being with other people, and staying in a routine. Writing is suggested in the article, but maybe write down what each anxiety is, and then logically try to work out a plan to counter it.
When You realize you are no longer present ( in though) you automatically become present.It helps stop anxiety momentum.
I like your point that when we're feeling anxious, we're not trusting ourselves. For the first time, I've been thinking about how I don't trust myself. Following at least some of your suggestions will help me begin to trust, I hope.
Jodi is the one who wrote this article, but as she is no longer writing for HealthyPlace she is unable to respond to comments. Medication can be very effective for many people, and it's great that you've found something that works. It's frustrating to be out of medication because the symptoms come back so quickly. Have you tried alternate activities to do until you get more? Perhaps some of the ideas on Jodi's list might be helpful while you wait. Thank you for reading and for sharing your comment.
Just crawling out of bed and throwing same old clothes on shows that you are starting to care less about yourself.
Affirmations can be really powerful over time but I find that if the individual doesn't believe in them then they can be rejected in the mind. Best time for them I believe, is just before falling asleep or just after the moment you wake up when the mind is highly suggestible.
HealthyPlace has a number of resources for mental health help. You might find these useful:
Where to Find Mental Health Help: https://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/mental-illness-overview/i-need-mental-help-where-to-find-mental-health-help
Types of Mental Health Doctors and How to Find One: https://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/mental-illness-overview/types-of-mental-health-doctors-and-how-to-find-one
Types of Mental Health Counselors: Finding a Good One: https://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/mental-illness-overview/types-of-mental-health-counselors-finding-a-good-one
Additionally, a comprehensive list of resources and hotlines can be found here: https://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/resources/mental-health-hotline-numbers-and-referral-resources
Help is available, and anxiety is highly treatable. You won't have to live with it forever.
My favorite points that work best with me, is helping someone, talking to people, the routine. A routine is not necessarily something difficult. It is as simple as a text message saying good night right before bed time. It works better than tranquilizers!