Dealing with anxiety.

Dealing with anxiety can be pretty hard.  There are medications that can help, but there are also some therapeutic approaches that are drug free that can help you manage anxiety.  Like anything else, it is something that can be managed with practice.  There are certain practices that help when anxiety attacks.

Something that happens when we are anxious is that we stop breathing at a normal rate.  And when you’re afflicted with anxiety, your breathing is faster than usual.  So, one easy thing you can do to help control your anxiety is to practice control your breathing.  

How do you practice controlling your breathing?  By intentionally slowing down your breathing, your anxiety will come down.  And the more you practice it, the easier it becomes to do it when it is necessary.

Another thing that helps with anxiety is being in the here and now, also called mindfulness.  Anxiety is usually called the “illness about the future”.  Anxiety usually has to do with the uncertainty of the future.  It can be about being nervous about how something you did in the past will come back and bite you in the butt.

Mindfulness is the antidote to worrying about the future, because mindfulness keeps you at the present moment.  The past is gone, and the future is not here yet, so focus in the present.  Sure, a looming deadline or a future appointment can cause some anxiety, but the gist is, that the deadline and appointment are not here yet.  Deal with life as it comes.  A good chunk of the things we worry about never come to fruition anyway.

It is hard to explain mindfulness in a short blog post, but you can google how to go about practicing mindfulness.

In conclusion, while some people may need medication to help control their anxiety, there are non-drug approaches that can help with reducing the drug therapy.  As always, if you are on anxiety medication, you can start these approaches, but never-ever stop taking your medication or reduce the dosage without first talking to your doctor.