Anxiety disorders are common, affecting 40 million adults in the United States. In fact, anxiety disorder is the most common form of mental illness in the US. But, it’s important to note that feeling anxious from time to time, which happens to everyone, is different from an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety disorders are a result of a combination of factors including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events. Fortunately, with the right tools, anxiety is a treatable disorder.
Anxiety disorder symptoms
There are several types of anxiety including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and specific phobias. Phobias, also called an irrational fear, are the most common type of anxiety disorder. Common phobias include fear of flying, animals, insects, germs, and heights.
Some signs of an anxiety disorder include:
- Heart palpitations
- Excessive sweating
- Feelings of fear and nervousness
- Shortness of breath
Five ways to reduce anxiety
There are numerous treatment options and strategies to help you combat your anxiety. A consultation with an expert provider at Mindful Urgent Care can help develop a personalized treatment plan for your issues. Some top ways to reduce anxiety include:
Develop a meditation, yoga or deep breathing practice
Practicing meditation, yoga or simply taking deep breaths, even for just 10 minutes a day, either when you feel anxious or regularly to help prevent feelings of anxiety can help you both in the short term and long term.
Exercising regularly, preferably daily, can help you feel better and healthier all around. Even just walking 30 minutes every day is good for your mind and body.
Eat a healthy diet
Be sure to eat a well-balanced diet; don’t skip meals and healthy snacks around with you. Having low blood sugar can lead to feelings of nervousness and irritability.
While drinking alcohol may seem like a good way to calm you down – and it may do the trick in the short term—it may make you more anxious after the alcohol leaves your body. Alcohol changes the levels of serotonin, the food good hormone, in the brain, and may end up making your symptoms worse.
Talk to someone
If you start to experience feelings of anxiety, fear or panic, it helps to talk to a close friend or family member. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for help. Speaking to a trained professional such as the providers at Mindful Urgent Care can be especially helpful. They can conduct a thorough assessment of your issues and develop a personalized plan to help you combat and manage your anxiety.
For more information on anxiety disorder and how to calm yourself when feeling anxious, call Mindful Urgent Care with offices in midtown and the financial district in New York City and also in West Hempstead, New York.