How can anxiety be prevented?

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  • Diet: Nutritional deficiencies originating from poor diet and/or digestion have been found to contribute to anxiety. Adequate levels of minerals, such as magnesium and zinc, as well as sufficient intake of B vitamins, especially vitamin B-12, may be beneficial for treatment and prevention of anxiety disorders. It is also important for patients to eat a well-balanced diet and to reduce or eliminate caffeine and alcohol.

    Exercise: The benefits of regular exercise are relevant for many different conditions. Patients with anxiety disorders may benefit from introduction of exercise into their daily schedule.

    Substance abuse counseling: Some prescription and non-prescription substances may cause symptoms of anxiety, including caffeine, nicotine, and other stimulants, drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and amphetamines, and some herbal supplements such as ephedra (no longer available on the U.S. market), Citrus aurantium, yerba mate tea, and guarana.

    Sleep: Adequate sleep is important for many different conditions. Patients with anxiety are advised to get enough sleep every night.

    Stress reduction: Relaxation methods help individuals develop the ability to more effectively cope with the stresses that contribute to anxiety, as well as with some of the physical symptoms of anxiety. Techniques such as guided imagery, Qi gong, meditation, relaxation therapy, and music therapy may be helpful for prevention of anxiety.

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  • A , Psychology, answered

    There are many things that we can do to prevent anxiety and not promote an anxious way of looking at our lives. First: understand that anxiety is a first knee-jerk reaction to uncertainty in a situation, it yields perceptions and interpretations of events that are often extreme, unreliable, negative and even catastrophic. In order to not promote an anxious mindset, we want to not stop at our anxious perceptions, but fact-check the anxiety and take a second look at the situation from a more rational or reasonable perspective. Second: because stress can increase the likelihood that we are going to perceive things anxiously and negatively-- a downward spiral-- it is important to build stress-relieving habits into your day: eating well, sleeping well, getting regular exercise, finding social support, and engaging in activities which bring joy and satisfaction.

    Though anxiety is a normal response in certain situations, by being proactive in the ways described above, you can prevent anxiety from becoming the default reaction in all situations.

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