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

Author
Dr. Jennie Byrne, M.D., PhD. With over 15 years of medical expertise, Jennie Byrne, MD, PhD, is a board-certified psychiatrist with experience treating mental health conditions in adults, including dementia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, and depression. After practicing in New York City for 12 years, Dr. Byrne relocated to North Carolina in 2008; she currently cares for patients in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, at Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill. Dr. Byrne earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She then received her doctorate from New York University Department of Neurophysiology. She also has a doctorate of medicine from New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Byrne went on to complete a psychiatry residency at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York. In addition to her work as a psychiatrist, Dr. Byrne has performed extensive research on attention, memory, and depression. As a board-certified adult psychiatrist, Dr. Byrne focuses on the needs of each patient to pro

You Might Also Enjoy...

When are Psychiatric Symptoms "BETTER"?

Many people who have struggled with depression, anxiety, or other psychiatric symptom feel better with treatment. However, since there are no tests or lab values to show response to treatment, how does someone know they are truly "better"?

What are the Different Levels of Psychiatric Care?

The mental health system can be extremely confusing! When you are looking for help, sometimes it is difficult to know where to turn. Dr Byrne explains the different levels of psychiatric care with examples of when each level is appropriate.