Dealing with anxiety

Anxiety talking therapy

We all suffer from anxiety from time to time. While short-term anxiety isn’t usually an issue, in the long-term, it can be bad for your health. 

The effects of anxiety

Anxiety can weaken your immune system, lowering your resistance to infection. It can also increase blood pressure and your chance of having a stroke.

Anxiety can be associated with depression. If you’re finding it difficult to enjoy work, develop or maintain good relationships, or simply to enjoy leisure time, speak to your GP. 

How to ease your feelings of anxiety

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help by working on replacing distressing, negative thoughts with positive, peaceful ones.
  • Yoga, meditation, aromatherapy, massage, reflexology and hypnotherapy can all promote relaxation, improved sleep and reduce anxiety. 
  • Exercise uses up the adrenalin produced under stress, allowing muscles to relax. Endorphins are released during exercise, which can enhance your mood. 
  • Maintaining a healthy diet can also help you cope with stress. Avoid stimulants such as coffee, cigarettes and alcohol, which can promote anxiety.
  • Talk to a friend or family member. You may find that they have encountered a similar problem and can help support you through it.

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