What else to know about anxiety.
If you have persistent anxiety lasting longer than six months, talk with your health-care provider about therapy options, and consider some of the key lifestyle changes below.
Impaired sleep and anxiety have a cyclical relationship. Anxiety can make it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep, while sleep deprivation can increase anxiety. Reducing caffeine and alcohol can help, as can establishing a regular sleep schedule (on weekends, too).
Meditation and journaling Partaking in mindfulness activities – those which keep you in the present situation – can have a cathartic effect and help you process feelings. Writing down your emotions and learning how to “center” through meditation have been shown to improve anxiety symptoms.
Research suggests that regular physical activity plays a significant role in reducing anxiety and depression. There is no single activity or exertion level that provides relief for everyone, so the key is to find an activity that you enjoy and will partake in for at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
Talking to a psychiatrist, therapist or psychologist can be a helpful approach. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is often considered the gold standard for treating anxiety. By exploring the ways your thoughts are affecting your mood and actions, a therapist can help you reframe anxious thoughts.