Anxiety attacks can happen to anyone, but the causes vary greatly, making them difficult to diagnose and treat. Millions of Americans suffer from anxiety in its many forms as well as the side effects, which include sleep, diet, and other physical issues.
Fortunately, there are often triggers that can be avoided in order to prevent anxiety attacks. Figuring out what these triggers are–and how to cope with feelings of anxiety when they come–can help you feel better and boost your mental health so you can focus on other things, especially if you suffer from PTSD or have a history of abuse. Start by looking for resources at People Against Violence, which can help you find support and tips on wellness. You can also utilize these steps to keep anxiety at bay.
Rethink your job
Many people who are suffering from anxiety find that their jobs are a constant source of stress and tension. It can also be challenging to think about leaving the security of the job you have and branching out into something new, however. The good news is that there are online educational programs that allow you to earn a degree from the comfort of your own home and at your own pace, so you can start on the path to something new without all the stress. You can work on a degree in accounting, information technology management, or marketing while maintaining your current position so you never have to worry about maintaining financial stability.
Make home a source of comfort
If you’re going to make sure your job isn’t a source of anxiety, it makes sense to do the same for your home. Things like clutter, lack of natural light, and the quality of the air and water can all contribute to your mental health. You don’t have to spend a ton of money on a total home makeover; simply tidy up, add some greenery with live plants, and make some small repairs–like fixing leaks or changing out air filters–to ensure that your home makes you feel good every time you’re in it. Not only can this help to prevent anxiety, it can also aid in better sleep and can affect your physical health.
Learn to journal
Sometimes, anxiety comes without a trigger. You might change external factors–such as your job or your home–only to find that the anxiety is still there. That’s why it’s so important to learn how to manage and even prevent those feelings without waiting for a triggering event. Journaling is a great way to manage anxiety because it allows you to get your thoughts down onto a page, or to express yourself creatively. In fact, other creative pursuits–like painting or cooking–can also help reduce anxiety and give you the tools you need to prevent overwhelming feelings like a loss of control.
Often, anxiety comes when we can’t stop thinking about the past or future. Learning to be in the present with mindfulness techniques can help you focus, breathe, and lessen those difficult feelings. This is perfect for those times when you’re at work or at a social function and don’t have access to a journal, because you can do it anywhere. Learn how to take a few minutes to hone your thoughts no matter where you are; sometimes, it’s best done through yoga and meditation when you’re just starting out.
Preventing anxiety attacks may seem difficult or overwhelming at first, but with the right tools you can learn how to help yourself through even the most challenging times. Find support through friends, family, and online resources and think about the areas of your life that bring you the most stress. Eliminating or reducing that stress is essential in keeping anxiety at bay and for your overall wellness.
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