5 Proven Ways to Manage Anxiety

We all hear that it is important to “minimize stress” in our lives as a way to manage anxiety. While this is good advice, there are other things you can do to manage the physical or mental experience of anxiety.

  1. Work on your breathing. There are many good ways to do this – try one of the self-help apps for biofeedback. Exercises like yoga and tai chi also focus on breath.
  2. Try mindfulness or meditation. There is much discussion about these methods, if you are new to mindfulness or meditation, I recommend that you work with a professional to learn the techniques.
  3. Try psychotherapy. “Talking therapy” comes in many forms and all can be helpful for anxiety. In particular, CBT – Cognitive Behavior Therapy – has been shown to improve general anxiety as well as panic attacks.
  4. Minimize your use of psychotropic agents. This includes things like caffeine, alcohol, and over the counter antihistamines and sleep aides.
  5. Check your physical health. Make sure that you are up to date with your physical health checks. If you take medications and/or supplements make sure they are all necessary and working well for your body. Keep your weight within a healthy range and if you are a smoker, talk with your doctor about different options to quit.

If you or a loved on are in need of help please feel free to contact us at 919-636-5240.

Live Mentally Healthy,
Dr. Jennie Byrne

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Dr. Jennie Byrne, M.D., PhD.

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