Anxiety Self Help
Besides seeking professional help, anxiety self help is a reality. There are a number of things people with anxiety disorders can do to help themselves.
Anxiety Support Groups
Many people with anxiety disorders benefit from joining a self-help or support group and sharing their problems and achievements with others.
Internet chat rooms can also be useful in this regard, but any advice received over the Internet should be used with caution, as Internet acquaintances have usually never seen each other and false identities are common.
Confiding in Trusted Friends
Talking with a trusted friend or member of the clergy can also provide support, but it is not a substitute for care from a mental health professional.
Anxiety and Meditation
Meditation can help people with anxiety disorders calm themselves and may enhance the effects of therapy.
Anxiety and Exercise
There is preliminary evidence that aerobic exercise may have a calming effect.
Substances to Avoid
Since caffeine, certain illicit drugs, and even some over-the-counter cold medications can aggravate the symptoms of anxiety disorders, they should be avoided. Check with your physician or pharmacist before taking any additional medications.
The family is very important in the recovery of a person with an anxiety disorder. Ideally, the family should be supportive but not help perpetuate their loved one’s symptoms. Family members should not trivialize the disorder or demand improvement without treatment.