How can I relieve symptoms of anxiety?

You may be able to relieve your anxiety symptoms through relaxation techniques. Many self-help techniques like meditation and stress reduction help you cope with stress more efficiently. There are many online resources available to teach you how to reduce your stress.

However, if anxiety still persists, it is typically treated with medication or talk therapy, or a combination of both. Consult your healthcare provider for the best treatment plan. Sometimes, a medical condition can also cause anxiety symptoms; check with your healthcare provider to be sure you do not have any other underlying medical conditions. In addition, other conditions, such as alcoholism or depression, can complicate treatment; be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about these other conditions so that they can be treated as well.
Reducing stress can help control symptoms of anxiety. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that stress management or relaxation techniques may even boost the effectiveness of therapy. There are many ways to reduce stress, including meditation, visualization, massage, and muscle relaxation. Listening to music and exercising are also effective stress-busters. Different methods work well for different people. What's important is that you find the method or combination of methods that works for you -- and that you use it regularly.

When anxiety is related to a traumatic event in the news, one of the most important things you can do is tune it out. In the weeks following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, and other disasters, the media were saturated with replays and updates of the tragedies. While the events naturally caused feelings of anxiety in many people, dwelling on the news made some people feel helpless and fearful. If an event dominates your thoughts or causes extreme upset or panic, it's time to turn off the TV and put down the newspaper. Limiting exposure to traumatic news is especially important for children, who have less experience with putting problems into perspective.
Randolph P. Martin, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Ease your anxiety by practicing relaxation techniques, getting enough sleep, concentrating on good things in life, and exercising regularly. Watch this video to learn more tips from Dr. Randy P. Martin about ways to ease your anxiety.

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