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What else to know about anxiety.

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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.

Prioritize sleep

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.

Get moving

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.

Therapy

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.

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