3 Steps to Coping With Anxiety

Are you one of the many millions of people from around the world that suffer from anxiety disorders? Anxiety is a real illness that cheats ordinary people out of a good and productive life. This article suggests a few steps you can take towards freedom from anxiety disorder.

Step # 1: Understand how your brain responds to stressful situations.

What happens to your body when you feel anxious or stressed? Well, your physical reaction to stress is controlled largely by what is known as the 'flight or fight' response. This is an instinctive reaction that occurs in a dangerous situation when your survival is threatened by an outside force. This response prepares your body to either fight for survival or run for your life. Your hypothalamus floods your brain and body with chemicals such as adrenaline and noradrenaline to prepare it for survival in a dangerous situation. This causes symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, dizziness, nausea and muscle tension.

Step # 2: Understand that this reaction causes anxiety symptoms.

If you are living a stressful life and you do not manage this stress, then you may start to experience anxiety symptoms such as muscle tension, nausea and dizziness.

Step # 3: Learn how to better manage your stress and anxiety.

Here are some suggestions you may explore further on your own time.

* Learn and practice anxiety reducing activities such as deep breathing, yoga, meditation and regular exercise.

* Learn how to change your anxious thoughts patterns and replace it with positive thinking styles.

* Do not give up. You may need the support of your doctor, counselor, friends and family. Reading motivational books, prayer or listening to hypnosis records may help to keep your spirit strong.

Coping with anxiety is about understanding how your brain reacts to stressful situations, knowing that these reactions can also cause anxiety symptoms and learning how to better manage your stress and anxiety.