How to Cope with Mild Anxiety

August 12, 2014 by  

For people who suffer with mild anxiety and who do not wish to take medications, there are things you can do. Some are psychological; others are behavioral dreamstimefree_171595changes to your life.  Here are 7 modifications to make:
1. Eat well; appreciate and practice good nutrition. Anxiety gets worse on an empty stomach. Three meals a day and carry snacks. Consult an herbal specialist for supplements; there are many natural remedies but use an expert. You can read about herbal supplements on Jenny’s blog.

2. Exercise vigorously and daily. it calms anxiety and depression.

3. Learn deep breathing and/or meditation techniques and practice them daily. More and more studies document the benefits of all relaxation techniques.

4. Talk to yourself differently (you might need a therapist’s help with this). There are some good self-talk techniques – I talk about them in a post on August

5. Create a less driven attitude. This is a version of, “don’t sweat the small stuff.”

6. Be sure to cultivate a good, supportive social network of family and friends.

7. Simplify your life and environment to reduce stress. Start saying “no” to some requests that will add to your stress.

source: E. Bourne, The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook