4 Tips from a Doctor to Cope With Anxiety
Read this 4 tips to understand your different options to help you with anxiety.
What You'll Need
- A doctors appointment to confirm that there is no underlying medical condition
What You'll Do
- * If you are suffering from very physical symptoms of anxiety- poor sleep, a racing heart, excessive sweating- it would be worth being tested for any underlying medical conditions such as hyperthyroidism, which can sometimes present in this way.
- * Don't self medicate! When you're feeling anxious, one of the easiest things to do is to reach for a coffee, bottle of wine or a cigarette in the hope that it will destress you. Of course, you might feel better momentarily, but they will all make your anxiety so much worse in the long run.
- * If you are on a waiting list for NHS counselling, have found private counselling too expensive or if face to face counselling just isn't your thing at the moment, then try some online resources. There are some great websites providing cognitive behavioural therapy, information on anxiety and an online support community. Check out Moodgym and The Big White Wall online.
- * A holistic approach to treating anxiety works best; addressing diet, increasing exercise, relaxation techniques and counselling. But part of this package may sometimes need to include medication alongside, particularly if your symptoms are severe. Needing medication is not a failing! You are simply correcting a chemical imbalance in your brain, which may then allow you to make other changes in your life to address the root cause of the problem.
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