COPING WITH ANXIETY

Some tips for helping cope with anxiety:

  • Avoid caffeine – it acts as a stimulant and revs up your nervous system increasing your anxiety.
  • Try relaxation techniques. They may not all work for you, but there are many choices out there and you may just find one that really works. Try meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises to help lower your anxiety.
  • Try visualization – like relaxation techniques, visualization can help lower your stress levels. Picture yourself confronting your fears, and handling stressful situations calmly.
  • Ask for help when you need it. Talk to your doctor. There are many different treatments that may reduce your anxiety.
  • Change your attitude. If you can change the way you think about things, they may not seem so bad.

Controlling your anxiety is possible.  Try a variety of coping techniques.  While one may not work for you, another just might do the trick!

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MANAGING STRESS

None of us gets away without having some stress in our lives. We tend to think of stress as being a bad thing, but even good things can sometimes cause us stress (think of your wedding!). But whether it’s good stress or bad, it can build to the point where it becomes unhealthy or even dangerous. I know there are times when stress becomes so great that I simply want to give up and accept the negative consequences no matter how severe they are.
Your health can be comprised if you are stressed for too long a period of time too. Stress can affect your mood leaving you depressed and unable to think clearly. It can even weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to serious illness. Some ways to manage your stress level include;
• Recognize potential stressors. Think about the things that increase your stress, and look for better ways to handle those situations before they arise.
• Getting enough exercise. Exercise increases the production of endorphins helping you feel better.
• Chill out. Learn relaxation techniques and practice them to control the amount of stress you’re dealing with. You may want to learn to meditate, take a class in yoga, or even schedule times during your day to destress.
Stress is part of everyone’s life, but it can be managed. Stress adds to the symptoms of PTSD and can make it that much harder to deal with; managing your stress can help you cope with your PTSD and make life better for you and everyone around you.