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5 Tips to Manage Anxiety

When you’re feeling anxious or stressed, the strategies listed below can help you cope. We also encourage you to do our anxiety self-test here: https://southpacificprivate.com.au/mental-health/anxiety/self-assessment/

Here are 5 ways to manage anxiety effectively:

  1. Understand the nature of anxiety: Anxiety helps us to identify and respond to danger in either ‘fight or flight’ mode. It can also motivate us to deal with difficult challenges. However, there is another side to anxiety, a side which, if not addressed, can cause significant emotional distress and unmanageability. An anxiety disorder can lead to a number of health risks and it’s important to understand its nature in terms of severity, triggers and behaviour. Anxiety can be exhibited through a variety of behaviours including panic attacks, phobias and obsessional behaviours.
  2. Understand the source of the anxiety: Some life experiences that are stressful or traumatic, such as family break ups, ongoing bullying or conflict at home, school or work, abuse, or traumatic events, such as car accidents, can make people more susceptible to anxiety. These extra stress factors may be more than a person’s normal coping mechanisms can deal with comfortably, and may leave them vulnerable to experiencing anxiety. If the anxiety is triggering to the point of a panic attack, part of the process of understanding our anxiety involves being curious about our developmental history.
  3. Set healthy limits for communication and relationships: The lives of those with the most severe forms of anxiety can become completely dominated by their condition, and often their anxiety can impair their ability to sustain healthy personal relationships. People with anxiety may start withdrawing, they may stop attending social functions, they may become snappy, irritable and irrational, or they may worry unnecessarily that something negative is going to happen. The first step is to start to identify our ‘Reality’, in particular some of our thoughts and feelings. This can be very difficult when anxiety has been present for a while as we generally feel overwhelmed by our emotions.
  4. Learn relaxation techniques to calm your stressed nervous system: Anxiety and depression are among the most common conditions cited by those seeking treatment with complementary and alternative therapies, such as exercise, meditation, tai chi, qigong, and yoga. Several studies have demonstrated therapeutic effectiveness superior to no-activity controls and comparable with established depression and anxiety treatments.
  5. Use distress tolerance and mindfulness skills: Mindfulness focuses on changing the relationship between the anxious person and their thoughts, rather than changing the thoughts themselves. We become a witness to our process, we become aware.

If you are concerned that you or a loved one might have a challenge with anxiety please feel free to connect with us on 1800 063 332 or email us at info@southpacificprivate.com.au